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FaceApp - despite the controversy there's a reason it is popular!

FaceApp is high in the ranks of then Google Play store at the moment, and despite the controversies of white-washing, there's a reason. In short, it's really fun, simple to use and an all round well-designed app that has some great filters and effects.
The purpose of the app is simple - simply load it up, take a photo, play with a few dials and then before you know it there's your desired outcome - whether it be a new gender, a younger self, an older self - etc. You name it - FaceApp can do it.
Check it out today, it's one of those apps well worth downloading and spending a few minutes with!

Crush the Castle

Today's app of the day is Crush the Castle.

You can't help but feel sorry for the developers of Crush the Castle...

Unbeknownst to many Angry Birds fans, every time they hurtle their angry red feathery friends into militarised pigs, they are playing an almost direct-rip off of a flash game that was released almost 12 months prior. Follow the link to play the original version of Crush the Castle, then sit back and shake your head at the not only the hide of Rovio to make such a blatant rip off, but also the brilliance and elegance in which they turned someone else’s simple flash game into multi-billion dollar empire.

Ironically, although Angry Birds is a rip off of Crush the Castle, Crush the Castle is infact a rip off of Castle Clout, another flash game on Armor Games. From what I gather though, Crush the Castle at least sought permission from the makers of Castle Clout to rip-off their game. I do wonder though, what the maker of Castle Clout is thinking now, after seeing the basic concept behind his game reiterated in twice, and sporning everything from stuffed toys to theme parks. Sure, it isn't the most amazing idea ever (games like Burnout Crash and Pain are arguably based on similar concepts), but still.... I sometimes wonder...

Anyway - sure, Crush the Castle on android isn’t the most amazing game ever, and it is possibly a little too sure, but it is still great fun. The concept is simple, launch (using a trebuchet instead of a slingshot) boulders of varying sorts (instead of birds) into a castle, causing the castle to collapse (using a physics engine) and killing the king, queen and soldiers (instead of pigs) inside. I am sure you get the gist!

Sure, it is a bit rough paying a whole 99cents when angry birds is free (if you can handle the massive and constant ads), but I almost feel it is worth it, just to give credit where it is due and thank the original owners for creating a new wave of physics based rips off (noting that NAMCO have brought the game to the Android Market, not Armor Games (the original developers).

Price: $0.99

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