Thursday, October 30, 2014

14 Amazing Dark, Evil and Horror Themed Games!!

These are the 14 amazing "dark themed" games.  When I say "dark themed", characters in the game are mostly shadows or it's completely black in color. Also they are scary and haunting. Interface of the games are mostly dark but still it looks unique and pleasant. From interface's perspective these games are definitely way different from the normal ones. And it's always fun exploring these type of games which evil, horror and haunting. Let's go straight to the list without wasting any time. List is arranged in "best at the top" order.

Into the Dead - Into the Dead throws you into the gruesome world of the zombie apocalypse where there are no second chances. Do what you have to in order to stay alive, keep moving as fast as you can, and protect yourself by any means necessary. When the Dead are rising, run!

Into the Dead
Size - 34M
Downloads - 10,000,000 - 50,000,000
Rating - 4.3

Vector - is an exciting, arcade-style game featuring you as the exceptional free runner who won’t be held down by the system. The game opens with a view into a totalitarian world where freedom and individually is nothing more than a distant dream. But the heart of a freerunner is strong, and you soon break free. Run, vault, slide and climb using extraordinary techniques based on the urban ninja sport of Parkour all while being chased by “Big Brother” who’s sole purpose is to capture you and bring you back.

Vector
Size - varies with device
Downloads - 10,000,000 - 50,000,000
Rating - 4.3

Shadow Fight 2 -  is a nail-biting mix of RPG and classical Fighting. This game lets you equip your character with countless lethal weapons and rare armor sets, and features dozens of lifelike-animated Martial Arts techniques! Crush your enemies, humiliate demon bosses, and be the one to close the Gate of Shadows. Plunge into epic combat sequences, rendered in astonishingly lifelike detail by an all-new animation system.

Shadow Fight 2
Size - 94M
Downloads - 10,000,000 - 50,000,000
Rating - 4.5

Gravity Maze escape from limbo - A fresh approach to physics based puzzle games by introducing the power to rotate the world and turn it upside down. To complete each level you have to move your phone/tablet around to change gravity and help a team of Fluffs to escape from the mysterious maze. Stunning graphics and atmospheric music make this game an unmissable experience.

Gravity Maze
Size - 22M
Downloads - 50,000 - 100,000
Rating - 4.0

Slender Man - This is a brand new Slender Man game that will scare all the fans out there. It almost feels as if you really walking in the fog and being hunted by Slender. The atmosphere is scary and this did scare the shit out of me for the first time. Keep walking , turn around and get your sight off the slender man.

Slender Man
Size - 29M
Downloads - 500,000 - 1,000,000
Rating - 4.2

Dark Lands - is an addictive mix of an infinity runner fantasy horror game with a dynamic combat system. Take your hero on an epic journey of defeating evil forces who corrupted the land. Beat enemies like goblins, orcs, skeletons and monstrous trolls and ogres! Fight unique bosses like the fierce Currusor or the deadly Minotaurus! Avoid dangerous traps and treacherous corrupted terrain!

Dark Lands
Size - 49M
Downloads - 500,000 - 1,000,000
Rating - 4.0

Bad Land -  is an  atmospheric side-scrolling action adventure platformer set in a gorgeous forest full of various inhabitants, trees and flowers. Although the forest appears to be right out of a beautiful fairy tale, there’s something terribly wrong. The player controls one of the forest dwellers to find out what’s going on, and discovers an astonishing number of imaginative traps and obstacles on the way.

Bad Land
Size - Varies with device
Downloads - 5,000,000 - 10,000,000
Rating - 4.4

Freeze - Locked in a cramped cell on a planet far, far away, our hero could give in to despair and abandon himself to his fate. But with your help he can overcome gravity, turn worlds, and even – escape! Solving the rotating, physics-based puzzles is easy - just use your finger to continuously turn the cell in both directions around our hero. Of course you also have to make clever use of the Freeze! button, which can overcome gravity.

Freeze
Size - 48M
Downloads - 1,000,000 - 5,000,000
Rating - 4.1

Miseria - Lurk, the urchin, has been torn from his love and imprisoned by the cold-hearted spider ogre, Grunzel. Tilt the cage and guide lurk to his destination. Of course, there are fatal obstacles in the cage from which Lurk has to carefully escape. Freeze and Miseria are quite similar games.

Miseria
Size - 41M
Downloads - 100,000 - 500,000
Rating - 4.1

Naught - immerses you in a new gaming experience for Android. Play with real gravity to feel the motion. Explore your mind and challenge your fears. Play with the gravity to lead Naught through a mysterious underground land where everything is possible. In Naught, you decide how to play. Rotate your device 360 degrees to make the scene turn around changing the world gravity or, if you prefer, you can select one of the two additional gaming controls (touch and drag mode or virtual pad mode).

Naught
Size - 35M
Downloads - 500,000 - 1,000,000
Rating - 3.9

Tree Maker - Travel your way through three different worlds, harness the power of physics and help the creatures get their trees back. Tap on the screen to cast a rope, second tap makes you fling yourself to the direction of rope! Swipe the screen to swing and gain speed. Pinch to zoom and view the 3d environment. I liked the background music more than the game.

Tree Maker
Size - 30M
Downloads - 1,000,000 - 5,000,000
Rating - 3.4

Gravity Cave - Help the creature to find his way home by changing the gravity of the world and guiding him to the closest exit. Physic’s based gamePlay and smart but intuitive levels makes this journey great fun to anyone. Tap to go up and float and again tap to come down. The whole game is based on tap control.

Gravity Cave
Size - 10M
Downloads - 10,000 - 50,000
Rating - 3.5

Jumping Shadows - dynamic arcade game with simple controls and a variety of challenging levels. The game is made in a similar style to the badland, oscura and limbo games, but has a simple gameplay. You control a funny little man, and avoide a variety of obstacles in the form of thorns, spines, and other dangerous items.

Jumping Shadows
Size - 14M
Downloads - 1,000 - 5,000
Rating - 4.6

Shadow Runner - Here is the new silhouette environment which requires your deep attention for running through the hurdles on the way besides collecting coins and using your parkour moves for jumping over the rooftops. These hurdles are always placed randomly on the track so that you don’t face the repeating obstacle placement in the track.

Shadow Runner
Size - 4.8M
Downloads - 100,000 - 500,000
Rating - 3.0
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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

LokLok - Leave notes to your friends or partner using this shared lock screen

Now you don't have to call your spouse hundred times just to remind him/her to get onions from the store. Instead leave a note on his/her lock screen. Every time he/she  checks the phone, the lock screen will say "get onions from the store". 

LokLok is a shared lock screen, which is one of its kind. LokLok is available in playstore, but still it is in beta stage. 



Create a group with two or more people and sync up the lock screen. Every time you update the lock screen it will reflect in everyone else's phone. And it holds true even when others updates the lock screen. You can also exhibit some of your drawing skills through this app. Draw on the lock screen and show it off to everyone who are part of the group. Double tap on the lock screen to get into drawing mode. Add pictures, leave a note, draw using different colors and swipe using two fingers to erase the contents on the screen. Drawing interface provided by LokLok is simply superb. I even tried drawing using a stylus and I must say it was great experience. I have no complaints at all about its drawing interface.


This works on top of your default lock screen, so the security part is taken care by the default lock screen. Today, LokLok screen will appear first and then the default lock screen's security will be asked. I see a small flaw in this design, you would have guessed it by now. Everyone who has your device can see the note on LokLok without inputting the security PIN or pattern. A small change would fix this. That is, security PIN or pattern should be prompted first and then the note on lock screen should be shown.

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Water your body - App to keep track of amount of water you drink and also it reminds you to drink

Water Your Body is an excellent and very useful application which keeps track of amount of water you intake everyday. This not only keeps track of water intake and provide you the report , it also reminds you to drink. If you forget to drink water regularly then this app can help you up with that. Also at the end of the day you don't have to think and calculate how much water you drank.

Every time you drink water, add that info into this app. There are different cups of different capacity in this app. Select your cup and click on it when you drink some water. Click on rotating arrow button to select a different cup. Set a notification for some interval and this app will remind you to drink water. You will have to provide your weight as input to this application. You can set a goal for yourself like drink 2000ml of water on a hot day and so on. This supports two different units both for weight and cup capacity. ML and OZ for cup capacity, KG and LBS for weight. In "do not disturb" option you can specify a time during which this app will not remind you to drink water.



Water your body contains very simple and glitch free interface. With simple options this app exactly does what it is supposed to do. Developer should consider developing a widget for this application. So that user don't have to open this app every time they consume water. Clicking on that widget in home screen should add the drinking details. Which is much easier than navigating to this app and adding it. Overall, this is a good and useful application, especially for those who are under diet and for those who forgets to drink water regularly.
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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

5 Sticker emoticons or big emojis Apps for Whatsapp

Sticker emoticon or big emoji is the one feature that Facebook messenger has and Whatsapp doesn't. I am not sure about the reason why it's still not there in Whatsapp even after Facebook acquiring it. Probably they will think about it after reading this post :) .

Anyway, here are some apps which will help you to send sticker emoticons in Whatsapp. Yes, it does have certain limitations like, these icons will not appear in your Whatsapp icons list. You will have to open these apps and share the ones you like through Whatsapp. Icons will contain either black or white background to it. And one more thing to highlight is, unlike Facebook here emoticons are shared as images. But they will neither appear in your gallery nor in Whatsapp sent folder. By the way these apps are not limited only to Whatapp, you can forward the emojis through any messenger. So, let's check out those 5 apps to send sticker emoticons in Whatsapp.


Animated Emoticons  - This has various categories of icons and most of them are cartoon faces of humans and animals. Contains ad but they are not annoying.



Cute Emoticons Sticker - Again a good number of categories and ads at the bottom of the screen. But it does contain stickers which are similar to Facebook icons. You can notice that in below screenshot.



What Smileys - This app is exclusively made for Whatsapp and is the best one. For couple of reasons I will hold back from telling it's the best one. It contain's too many ads and fewer categories. Otherwise, it contains high quality and pleasant icons which can be forwarded to Whatsapp by selecting the icon and clicking forward button.



Stickers for Whatsapp Wechat - Probably this contains highest number of categories. As soon as you open the app you will see the list of categories. But loading of icons takes very long time and it contains annoying ads. Until the icons are completely loaded you will see some default pictures everywhere.



Emoticons Stickers for Whatapp -  Contains decent icons and fewer ads. Troll face icons looks good. Also there are many icon packages which you can download through this application. Once you install this application you will find a widget at the top of Whatsapp, using which you can directly open this app and send the icons. Which prevents users from opening this icon application separately.


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Friday, October 10, 2014

Ginger Page Keyboard - Say no to typos, write flawless English sentences!!

Ginger Page is a new keyboard for Android phones. As and when you type messages, Ginger checks for typos and tells you the right word. Also it suggests alternate phrasing for sentences you used. To use Ginger page, install it from here and change the input method of your device to Ginger Page.  Ginger will prompt you to change the input method.  If it doesn't then you can always go to "settings->language and input" and change it to Ginger.
















Ginger Page contains language translator, dictionary, synonyms finder, emoji, reader and what not. There are five different themes for this keyboard. Ginger will give out the suggestions only if your device is connected to internet. Keyboard will continue to work even without internet but suggestions will not. A feather icon at the bottom of the keyboard will be highlighted if Ginger has any suggestions or an alternate sentence for you. Click on that icon and choose the sentence which suits your message. Clicking on "G" at the top of the keyword will open all the features of Ginger like dictionary, translator etc. Ginger page also has "phrase of the day" section, where you will find phrases which you can directly send it to your IM's. You can type the message in Ginger page app and share it to your messengers or you can type in your messengers using Ginger page keyword. Ginger Page keyboard supports 60 languages.


















This is a very useful application which helps to reduce the typos and fix the sentences. But suggestion speed doesn't seem to be that great, which needs some improvement. Also when I am using Whatsapp or any other IM in that matter, I can translate or check the meaning of the words which I have typed but there is no option to translate or check the meaning of word which I have received from other user.  Translator and dictionaries should work for received messages, I don't see a point if it just works for the words I have typed. Few such improvements will make this app as a top notch key board in playstore.


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Thursday, October 9, 2014

How to turn off notification from a specific group in Whatsapp

Just because you are getting too many notifications from a group, you don't have to "delete and exit group" in Whatsapp . You can mute or turn off the notification for a specific group so that you don't get disturbed because of it. Messages will be received by your mobile but it will not notify you about the same. You can always open the group and go through the messages whenever you feel like reading it.

So here is how you can turn off the notification in Whatsapp

1. Go to Whatsapp and open the group for which you want to turn off the notification



2. Click on three verticals dots at right top of the screen. Which is next to "attachment" icon.



3. Click on mute. You can mute it for 8 hours, 1 day or 1 week. 
   If you want to turn off the notification completely then uncheck "show notifications".



Mute will not alert you during new messages  but you can see those messages in the notification tab. But if you uncheck "show notifications" then you won't even see those messages in notification tab, you will have to open the group to see those new messages.
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Thursday, October 2, 2014

How to turn off push notification from a particular app in Android

There are times when we get irritated because of push notification from a particular app. These days apps send push notification about some offer, update , new version and what not. Some of the notification are useful but most of them just irritate us and we don't even bother to open it. There are cases where user uninstalls the app because couldn't tolerate those frequently disturbing push notifications. So let's see how we can disable push notification from a particular Android app.

1. Open settings and selects "apps" from the list



2. Select app for which push notification should be disabled



3. Un-check "show notifications" option




Note: These steps are verified on Android 4.4 vanilla version. Steps might vary a bit on other flavors.

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