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Microsoft is actually a great Android developer - 'To-Do' is another reason why!

It may seem suprising to some, but Microsoft is actually a fantastic Android developer. In fact, I'd go as far to saythat their app offerings for Android are far superior to than their offerings for the Windows App store. For starters the full suite of Microsoft Office apps are great, as is one drive and one note, and the Arrow App Launcher is actually one of the best custom android skins available (seriously - check it out!).

To round this out, over the last few days Microsoft has released 'To-Do' which as you've guessed it - is a to-do list. It really could not be simpler - the app allows the creation of lists and then as part of each list allows tasks and items to be added.

The design is simple and clean, and a nice move away from the boxy interface design that still dominates some of the earlier Windows apps for android. It's fast, lightweight, cloud based (of course) and has a widget - so there is not much more you could ask for!

Of course there is lots of co…

Shadowgun and Frontline Commando

Today's apps of the day are Shadowgun and Frontline Commando.

Given that I missed recommending an app yesterday, today I will recommend two - both great shooters with "close to console" quality graphics and game play, but both operating in very different manner.

Shadowgun

First up, is Shadowgun - a Gears of War inspire space commando shooter. Specifically made for Tegra 2 and 3 devices, the first thing that will impress you about this game is the amazing graphics. On my Desire HD, this game looks great, but on my Asus Prime, it steps up the par for android graphics. This shouldn't come as any surprise, as the Prime is a powerful piece of hardware, but it is exciting to see that gap between tablets and consoles close even further!


Without good game play however, Shadowgun wouldn't be worth it's download. Luckily, the controls are tight, the shooting fun, the AI impressive and overall experience engrossing. If you are a fan of third person, cover based shooters, then I am sure you will be impressed by Shadowgun.






In the words of the developer:

One of the best-looking mobile games ever created - ign.com
☣ Version for Tegra 2, Mali-400, Adreno and PowerVR devices released !! ☣
☣ ☣ Win ASUS Tranformer Prime☣ ☣
http://www.facebook.com/Shadowgun?sk=app_343457159012228
The year is 2350, and corrupt intergalactic corporations are the rule of law, hiring bounty hunters and mercs to do their bidding. The best of the best are known as SHADOWGUNS.
SHADOWGUN puts you into the role of John Slade, the galaxy’s most infamous bounty hunter. Your mission: hunt down Dr. Edgar Simon, maniacal genius and leader of his own mutant army. Infiltrate Dr. Simon’s mountain fortress and fight his personal guard of cyborgs, battle droids, and genetically-enhanced humanoids. Using state-of-the-art weaponry, ships, and the assistance of S.A.R.A.—Slade’s personal android assistant—SHADOWGUN combines intense tactical combat with 3rd person action.
☣ CRUSH, KILL, DESTROY! ☣
- Featuring the most advanced combat A.I. to date—enemies flank, seek cover, and utilize teamwork to take you down! Battle automated sentries, aerial drones, and other lethal foes—tactical maneuvers are based upon actual military strategy!
- Solve hacking mini-games to whet your nerdly appetite, then get back to blasting!
☣ CONSOLE-QUALITY GRAPHICS! ☣
- It ain’t just pretty—it’s gorgeous! Advanced lighting effects, beautifully rendered environments, and pro voices make this one of the most advanced games for your smartphone!
☣ LIKE YOUR SCI-FI SOAKED IN BLOOD? ☣
- Immersive storyline with multiple outcomes! You decide how it ends!
- The first installment in a major franchise!
- Unlock the detailed “Shadowpedia”, and read more about the SHADOWGUN universe!
☣ FROM THE MIND OF A MADMAN! ☣
- Survive the onslaught of Dr. Simon’s deadly creations, including level bosses, mutated grunts, killer machines, and more!
☣ Xperia Play Optimized ☣
☣ EXPANSION DETAILS ☣
- The story directly follows the events of original Shadowgun
- 4 new levels
- New enemy creature
- New gun
- New type of gaming interaction
- New collectibles
- New soundtrack
- Lot of new graphics, animations and cutscenes
Price: $4.99 (AUD)

Frontline Commando
Next is Frontline Commando. Again,another third person shooter. The Primary difference between Frontline Commando and Shadowgun though, is that the controls in are simplified due to the "on-rails" nature of the gameplay. Instead of controlling both movement and shooting, Frontline Commando focuses more on the shooting, with movement limited to rolls or dashes between various points of cover, either left or right. 

Whilst some may feel restricted by the lack of control, I actually enjoyed it, as it gave me greater time focus on taking down enemies, and soaking up the amazing graphics, without flailing around trying to master the touch equivalent of dual analogue. Although Shadowgun achieved this control quite well, it is refreshing being able to take a step back and let the CPU do some of the hard work for you! 






In the words of the developer:

ONE MAN. ONE WAR. YOU ARE THE FRONTLINE COMMANDO.
As the sole surviving Commando of a renegade attack against a ruthless dictator, you are stranded on the frontline and hell-bent on payback. You must use all of your specialized skills to survive the onslaught of the enemy forces and avenge your fallen soldiers.
SEE AND FEEL THE ACTION
The ultimate 3rd person shooter with stunning console quality visuals, precise controls, advanced physics and destructibles. Jump in the heat of battle and push your Android device to the limit!
COMPLETE DEADLY MISSIONS
Emerge from destructible cover points to take down helicopters, jeeps and heavily defended enemy bases. Fight off increasingly difficult waves of enemies over a variety of combat mission types.
COMMAND AN ARSENAL OF DEADLY WEAPONS
Take to the frontline with an artillery of assault rifles, sniper rifles, shotguns, rocket launchers, med kits, armor and more!
Price: Free

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