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Top Mobile Gaming Apps

With the advancement in power and speeds available in mobile phones in recent years, especially with the introduction of smartphones, phones have gone from devices allowing you make and receive phone calls and messages to smaller, more mobile computers. There is almost nothing that you are unable to do on your cell phone that you can do on your laptop these days, and this has led to a massive amount of apps, games and mobile websites for you to work and relax on the go. Our favourite ways of relaxing on your mobile device are listed below in no particular order.

Although this game has been pulled by its creator in recent times due to "it destroyed my simple life" as Nguyen Ha Dong said on Twitter, it is a fantastically addictive game that sees players have to tap the screen to flap the wings of their bird to navigate through the gaps in the Mario-esque tubes. The game was downloaded more than 50 million times from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store before being pulled and it has spawned numerous copied versions, so those new to the game can still try a version of it.

The joy of the game is that simple to pick up and play, but frustrating to master and get any sort of rhythm and, as such, high scoring going. Despite this, it is still a game I'm struggling to put down on my commute to work!

Another bird featured game that has gained massive popularity since its creation and release late in 2009 is Angry Birds. It has spread from the iPhone to all smartphones and can be played in your browser too, with a film being released in 2016. The game, and its myriad of sequels, have been downloaded over two billion times and have been described as "the largest mobile app success the world has seen so far".

The premise, again, is simple in that you must fling your angry birds from a slingshot to destroy buildings and the evil pigs on the battlefield. The fewer birds used, the higher your score. It is another devilishly simple and massively addictive game that cannot be put down once started.

As a massive online gaming junkie, I regularly play poker and bingo as well as casino and slot games in my free time on my laptop in the evenings and at weekends. Thanks to the speeds of both smartphones and mobile connections increasing in recent years it is now possible to play all of these games on your mobile device while on the go as long as you have stable connection.

There are many different versions of mobile apps and specifically designed mobile friendly websites available for all aspects of online gaming. Of all the games that you are able to play, I love the ability to play free online on my mobile devices as the quick games allow several games while commuting, although I do switch it up on longer journeys with either poker or a long session of online slot games played on my iPhone.

After being released in early 2012 on Facebook, it did not take long for this simple game of connecting three of the same candy together to release them from the board to help complete a set task to migrate to smartphones and become an even bigger worldwide phenomenon. It could even be up to get listed on the !

As of the end of last year, Candy Crush has been downloaded more than half a billion times and it's Facebook page has more than 61 million likes. Everyone is playing it and it is certainly as addictive and challenging, infuriatingly so, as the other games that fill my commute with a combination of fist pumps and expletives! If none of these tickle your fancy try !

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Online Gaming Trends 2013

Just as technology advances, so do the opportunities for top class gaming. It is not so long ago that the Nintendo Wii appeared to alter the gaming world forever. But such is the pace of technological change that new possibilities are appearing all the time.

For example, it would seem that popularity is shifting from the console to playing on mobile devices. This is hardly surprising given that 1.2 billion smartphones and tablets were set to be sold in 2013. The result is a whole expansion of gaming horizons with the significant potential of monetization. One of the most interesting aspects to this trend is that the growth in mobile gaming is attracting both entertainment giants such as Disney and small-scale start-ups. In fact, it is estimated that 42 per cent of gaming start-ups are focused on mobile use, representing the potential which is only now starting to be fully exploited. There are also significant spin-offs to the boom in mobile gaming. It has meant that game development is not only limited to the traditional game publishers and it is possible for smaller enterprises to break into this market. Acutely aware of this opportunity, there is an increasing trend in funding game development through crowdsourcing projects such as Kickstarter. Start-ups and mid-sized companies which smell the opportunity of mobile gaming are keen to raise cash and this is now possible thanks to the growing importance of crowdsourcing projects.

Away from mobile developments, there is also an emerging trend in social casinos. Zynga Poker was once the market leader in this area, but it has now been caught up by a variety of titles, including the . Once upon a time online casino gaming meant a mandatory visit to a dedicated online casino. However, you can now place a bet directly from your favourite social media outlet. This appears to be a particularly popular option for Bingo players in Britain. There is every reason to expect the social casino market to continue to grow over time.

However, the burgeoning gaming options on both mobile and social media appears to have had a detrimental impact on the mass multiplayer online games. Perhaps games such as World of Warcraft and Dungeons and Dragons were always considered to be niche pursuits. However, they built up a loyal and lucrative following. It appears though that free gaming options elsewhere have forced these games to follow suit and offer their product for free. Even Star Wars: The Old Republic, developed at a cost of $200million has been forced to offer free play. The future of these games appears to be in the balance.

On the technical side of things, 2013 has seen a continued improvement in motion control games. Although revolutionary, the Nintendo Wii sometimes demands contrived body movements in order to play properly. Thanks to Microsoft Kinect, there is now a whole body sensor to use on the Xbox One. It allows for more natural movement and so from now on you need only to gently lean to the side during a car racing game in order to turn corners, rather than contort your entire body.

Virtual reality gaming is also making great strides. Keep an eye out for the Oculus Rift, which provides a rapidly improving virtual reality headset. Another trend to monitor is the growing popularity in streaming gaming. PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are increasingly integrating this into their gaming possibilities.

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Top casino games for your mobile phone

It seems like no matter what kind of casino you select, slot machines are one of the top casino games. They have attractive graphics and sounds based upon a creative theme. They also offer fun little twists such as bonus rounds and free spins. Therefore, with the availability of slot machine games to mobile phone users, it should be no surprise that these games continue to be a top casino game. Some mobile phone users prefer slot machines because they are quick to play and do not require a great deal of concentration. These characteristics make them excellent for playing while on the go. Mobile casinos offer several different versions of slot machine games for their users. Among these is the game, Thunderstruck. Based upon a Norse mythology theme, Thunderstruck features the god, Thor. An adventurous game, Thunderstruck offers players an option to earn free spins. Also, it has another bonus round where a player’s winnings may be doubled. Mermaid Millions is another mobile casino slot machine that has mythical creatures. With five reels, Mermaid Millions also provides for 15 paylines. The goal of this game is for a player to get at least three of the same symbol in order. One slot machine game for mobile users at is a game known as Double Magic. The three reels of this game feature all of the traditional slot machine symbols found on the first machines. For instance, you can find cherries, lemons, bars and red 7’s. Getting at least one cherry symbol will provide some winnings to players. However, getting more will increase the amount of money won. This slot machine only features one payline which makes it easy to play on your mobile phone when on the go. The maximum payout with Double Magic is 1600 coins which is a nice amount to win if just passing time!

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Zynga reports disappointing earnings

Facebook has changed our lives, and few companies have benefited from this development more than Zynga, the company that brought you FarmVille. There are tons of people on Facebook playing annoying (to most of us) but addictive (to some of us) games that clog up our timelines, unless you block them of course.

The problem for Zynga is that it's to develop the new addictive games, and that led to disappointing earnings, which then led to its stock getting crushed. That then led to the further decline of Facebook's stock as well, making this a very tough week for social media companies.

As gadgets keep evolving and as new social media platforms evolve, companies like Zynga can rocket to success, but then it's hard to keep up that pace. Consumers are incredibly fickle these days. Just ask phone makers like Blackberry and Nokia. You're on top of the world, and then Steve Jobs puts out the iPhone and soon your high-flying company is staring into the abyss.

Zynga is trying to avoid that fate. One of their latest games might help them, as Zynga Poker was launched for Facebook and has taken off as the #1 poker app on iOS. The key here, however, is that Zynga is looking past casual gaming. As the feds try to sort out online poker regulations, Zynga is one of many companies that want to take on the most popular poker sites. They want a piece of what could be a very large pie when we finally get uniform poker regulations. They'll have to battle the big casino companies of course, but this could be a much-needed boost for a bruised social media star.

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Is This the Next Leap in Motion Technology?

For a peripheral that is somewhat overpriced, underutilized, and in general vastly inferior to the Nintendo Wii console it seemingly got most of its motivation from, the has made quite a splash in the motion based control field.

There are of course the to back this up, but the real proof of this impact is evident in the creativity this device’s impressive technology has inspired in its users. See while game developers can’t seem to make a good Kinect game that isn't a dance simulator or Wii sports rip off if their jobs depended on it, the Kinect users have managed to hack into the device to make the basic technology that runs it do some incredible things. These include the entertaining ), the sci-fi worthy (), and the practical yet cool advancements in basic human interface:

Motion controlled interface has been a dream of sorts for consumers, especially since it was popularized in the movie "." With devices like the Kinect and iPhone, we have gotten closer and closer to this goal, but have yet to fully realize it. Even the impressive demonstration in that video was marred by the fact that the movements needed to actually control the system had to be very blunt, and required full body commitment to make even the simplest of motion commands.

San Francisco based company thinks they might have the inevitable solution. Their device (called the Leap) is about the size of an iPod and works through a USB input your PC or Mac. It reads a space four cubic feet in size, and is supposed to be 200x more accurate than anything else on the market. This means accuracy to within 1/100th of a millimeter, which should allow for subtle finger movements (instead of whole hand and body motions) being able to produce the desired results.

The extraordinary video the company released seems to back that up.

We’ve been promised the moon with motion sensors before, but I have to say that given the advancements in the motion field over the past few years, I see no real reason that the Leap shouldn’t function in the way it claims to. My only real red flag in that video is the video game controller sections. I still feel that we are a ways off from total motion control in games without the use of any buttons, especially in titles designed with mouse/keyboard in mind. Of course in menu heavy titles like Real Time Strategy Games or RPG’s, I could see this device making formerly monotonous navigation somewhat enjoyable.

Even if it's not yet perfect, at a modest retail price of $70 (), many consumers might give this device a shot and find their own ways to make use of it when it's released early next year. After all, that’s the only explanation as to why the Kinect is doing so well.

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GAME REVIEW: All Zombies Must Die!

The zombie genre may be running on fumes at this point, but that hasn’t stopped the guys over at Doublesix from adding another game to the pile with this spiritual sequel to their 2009 arcade shooter “Burn Zombie Burn.” The developers' latest offering, “All Zombies Must Die!,” is very similar in concept, but the addition of RPG-lite elements adds some much-needed depth to the overall experience. Instead of trying to earn the highest score by mowing down a seemingly never-ending horde of zombies, you’re now tasked with completing a series of quests as you attempt to survive the zombie apocalypse that’s overtaken the ill-fated town of Deadhill. Each of the four playable characters have a unique secondary attack that affects the zombies in a different way (like lighting them on fire or giving them radiation poisoning), but apart from that, they all handle the same.

Where “All Zombies Must Die!” really shows its depth, however, is in the ability to upgrade a character’s specific attributes (like attack, defense, health and speed) and create better weapons using a crafting system where you combine standard weaponry with items found throughout the map. Each item yields the same special ability no matter which weapon you pair it with (for example, firewood adds fire damage), but it plays a big part in preventing the game from getting stale too soon, even if the repetitive nature of the combat makes that an inevitability. Still, the game’s self-referential humor helps to keep things light and entertaining throughout, and it’s an absolute blast to play with a group of friends. Unfortunately, that also proves to be the game’s biggest shortcoming, because multiplayer co-op can only be played locally. The lack of an online mode isn’t the only thing standing in the way of Doublesix’s latest effort from reaching its full potential, but it’s certainly the most annoying.

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Smartphones and the boom in social games

People love to gamble and they love to play games on their computers and phones. With that the trends will just accelerate on games like poker that can be played in all sorts of settings. Now with new smartphones there are even more ways to play. You can play real games against real people, or just play practice games against a computer so you .

The new rules from the Obama administration announced Friday might make this even more popular, as the new rule suggests that the federal government can only restrict sports betting under the current federal law. This can lead to an explosion of state regulations overseeing and encouraging online play in order to generate tax revenues.

This decision makes sense, as people love playing . Now with smartphones exploding, imagine how much time people will spend playing these games. You can play blackjack hands while standing in the line at the grocery store. So get ready for a bunch of new players as people start using their Christmas gadgets!

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GAME REVIEW: Apples to Apples

Apples to Apples is right up there with UNO as one of the better card games around, so the only real surprise about its release on Xbox Live Arcade is that it took this long for anyone to digitize the experience. For those unfamiliar with the game, it’s pretty simple. There are two decks of cards: green apple cards that contain adjectives and red apple cards that contain nouns. Each round, one player assumes the role of judge and selects a green card from the deck. The rest of the players must then choose a red card from their respective hands that they feel best matches the word on the green card, and the judge picks the winner. Of course, it’s completely up to the judge to decide what’s the best match (some will choose literal meanings, while others will favor witty combinations), but that’s part of the appeal.

For the most part, the experience is replicated on Xbox Live fairly well, even if it’s more fun to play with real friends than a bunch of strangers. The game’s other two modes, however, aren’t quite as successful. Local multiplayer is more about trying to fake out the other players by using a tool that conceals your card choice (a necessary inclusion considering everyone shares the same screen), while the single-player mode isn’t really Apples to Apples at all. Instead, you’re shown a red card and three green cards and must select the most appropriate choice using letters on a Boggle-like game board. It’s a creative way of adapting the game for one player, but aside from the fact that it doesn’t take very long to complete, it’s also not the reason you should be buying “Apples to Apples” in the first place. If you have enough friends planning to pick up the game as well, or you don’t mind making new ones on Xbox Live, then this is a no-brainer, but anyone else would be wise to reconsider.

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