Monday, August 18, 2014

I can Speak Thai Lite

Today's app of the day is I can Speak Thai Lite.

One of the best things about smart phones is that they make traveling easier than ever. Whether is is Google Maps, Yelp or Tripadvisor, there has never been an easier way to find great things to do. Now although knowing what to do and where you are has never been easier, actually getting around and buying things can be a bit more challenging - especially in countries where English is not a first language.

In the case of travelers to Thailand, look no further than 'I can Speak Thai Lite' - a great new android application by developer that tries to make learning an using the language as simple as possible. The application offers a unique way of learning to speak Thai, allowing the user to input keywords into a variety of headings (object, filter, property, amount), with the application using the inputs to bring up a list of possible phrases. With the click of a button the phrase will be translated into phonetic English, as well as native Thai characters.

If learning a Thai is not your goal, 'I can Speak Thai Lite' is great for travelers looking to communicate. With the press of a button, the application will actually speak your phrase out loud - allowing you to simply hold your phone up and have the pre-rendered male or female voice do all the work for you! With over 800 phrases in the lite version, and over 2500 in the pro version, there are more than enough sayings to keep travelers out of trouble in a variety of situations.

Best of all, the application does not require an internet connection, great for protecting precious 3G data when roaming abroad. All in all, a great android app for those learning to speak Thai or those traveling to Thailand and wanting to have a simple to use phrase book ready to go!

In the words of the developer:

Language is a key to understanding the people and culture of a nation.
You want to travel to Thailand but you hesitate because you cannot speak Thai.
You studied Thai for a long time but you still cannot remember words used in everyday life.
This app really helps you get the most out of your travels in Thailand.
In addition, this app is also useful for foreigners who start learning Thai language.
Features :
- No internet connection needed
- Choice of male and female voices (PRO Version)
( female voice only for Lite Version )
- 2,500+ combinations of words and phrases (PRO Version)
( 800+ combinations of words and phrases for Lite Version )
- 220+ Thai places and food (including pictures) (PRO Version)
( 80+ Thai places and food for Lite Version )
- Speak in full sentence, not only word or portion of phrase
- Include Thai romanization

*** Try I can speak Thai Lite for free. ***

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Hyper Cell

Today's app of the day is Hyper Cell.

There are lots of great platform games available for Android device, but many end up being the same tired clone of Temple Run that users have seen time and time again. Hyper Cell breaks this mold by providing a fresh new take on the run and jump genre - the result being highly styled, highly challenging game that is also just plain fun to play.

The set up is simple. You wake to find yourself in a futuristic maze of flashing lights, moving barriers, missiles and laser beams from which you must escape. The controls are simple (run and jump) but the difficulty comes from the great level design, requiring players to constantly be thinking quickly and making decisions as to timing, distance, height, etc. If a jump is timed poorly or you run a microsecond too late, it is not unusual to get smashed by a beam or fried by  a laser - causing the level to start again.

Each level has 3 starts to collect, and a half way check point so death doesn't always cause a full restart. This is a welcome relief, as the game can be really quite tough - making finishing some levels with all three stars even more rewarding. To take things to the 'next' level this game is hyper stylized. hardcore-techno music pumps from your speakers (use headphones, the soundtrack is truly impressive), lights flash and change colours and everything and things are constantly moving! The whole things feels like enough to keep even the most serious sufferer of ADHD occupied!

Best of all, the game is free to play. There are a few in app purchases that can be made (getting to set the colour scheme to one of your own choosing is pretty cool), but the game is fully playable from beginning to end without laying down a cent. All in all, this is a fantastic new android app. It has already started getting some great reviews, so be sure to check it out and tell your friends!

In the words of the developer:

Get ready for the ride of your life. Hyper Cell is a minimalist survival platformer. You wake up in a cell, you don’t remember who you are and how you got there. Survive this psychedelic maze that beats to the rhythm of the music.
The hardcore music tracks in this addictive 3d platformer will keep you hooked. You have not seen thrilling action like this before! BEWARE, this is not Temple Run, This game is only for the brave like Super Hexagon.
Multiple types of Laser beams, traps, canons, seeking missiles are going to be difficult and challenging to evade but checkpoints will help you along the way.
Hyper Cell contains in-app-purchases but they are not required to play/progress through the game. Please don't forget to rate it a 5-star.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Does it Fly

Today's app of the day is Does it Fly.

I have played plenty of addicting games in my time, but Does it Fly may be one the most infuriatingly addictive specimens I have came across in quite some time. For that reason, it is well recommended!

The game play could not be simpler. A series of pictures and text will flash on the screen in quick succession and your challenge is to click inside the red circle if it flies, and outside of then red circle if it does not fly. That's it!There is no time for thinking though, because if you delay your game will end (unless you pay to continue using gems you earn or buy). From there it really becomes a challenge between you and your own high score - with me personally struggling to reach much over 10!

It really does have that same sort of feel that you got the first time you played flappy bord or timberman, in that it is just so easy to give it one more try! It also has the potential to drive you crazy - so be warned! There is also of course, Google Play integration, allowing you to challenge friends and watch them go crazy as they struggle to get past certain scores - but that is all part of the fun!

It looks great, plays well and simply works. It is bright, colourful and great to use, so well worth the download. If you want a fast playing addictive game, Does it Fly is for you!

In the words of the developer:

CAUTION: We do not take responsibility of addiction or change in behavior while playing Does it Fly. :)
1.Click the red button if the object flies.
2.Click outside if it doesn't fly. 
3.The more you get correct the faster the game goes!
- OVER 300 Graphic flying and non-flying Objects 
- Simplest yet hardest game you will play!
- Hours of endless fun!
- Battle out scores with friends!
- Get gems daily via free gems in settings!
- Become smarter, faster and happier.
Does it Fly - You really think its that simple?
Does it fly is built on a simple memory from childhood. As kids we would play does it fly with friends and family to test our agility, mental acumen and just have a great laugh. You never know what might stomp you and what you might make fly as the game progresses and gets harder you are challenged with new objects and faster speeds. Try it for a bit of fun, memories, laughter or just to become faster and smarter. Does it fly, a game for smiles.