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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…

WarGames: WOPR

Today's app of the day is WarGames: WOPR.


WarGames is a classic 1983 movie, featuring Matthew Broderick who plays a young man that finds a back door into a military central computer in which reality is confused with game-playing, possibly starting World War III.

WarGames: WOPR is an official licenced game based on the movie, where you step into the tole of the WOPR computer to wage war against the characters form the movie. The game play is in the style of Puzzle Quest, where you have to match 3 or matching symbols to clear them off the board. There are a variety of different symbols, and as you clear them different effects occur. 

Clearing satellite dishes gradually increases your radar strength up to 100%, and once at 100% you get to launch a special power up (missiles, health boosts, etc). Clearing dollar symbols allows you to buy special 'tactics' such as rocket launchers, grenades, etc, and clearing health packs increases your own health. Finally, every time you clear 3 or more rockets, that amount of rockets launches against the opponent, decreasing their health.

There are rewards and bonuses for clearing longer trails of icons, and a variety of 'mods' that can be purchased to supercharge your powers. At the end of every level (once you have decreased the health of your opponent to zero) you earn RAM which can be used to purchase more tactics and modifiers. You can buy additional RAM through micro-transactions, but after 4 or more hours of play, I have yet to find this necessary.

The actual gameplay is amazing, with a difficulty curve that eases you in but will quickly have you extremely challenged. In the first few levels mistakes can be made and it is easier enough to recover, but in the later stages of the game every move must be well considered. On reflection, the pace of the game gradually changes from a fast paced game like Tetris, to more of a chess-like speed.

On top of the great gameplay, the actual look and feel of the game are amazing. The screenshots really do not do it any justice, but the entire presentation is perfect, replicating the look and feel of the computer from the movie (and the 80's in general) perfectly. The sounds are also great, not being intrusive but still adding to the overall experience.

I will admit I was hesitant about purchasing this game, as puzzle games are a step out of my usual comfort zone, but in all honesty I can say this is the best game I have played on my android device, and one I have sunk more time into than any other mobile gaming experience. I suggest you spend the 99cents, then kick back and really get stuck into some great pocket puzzling! A brilliant game, and could not come more highly recommended. 



 

In the words of the developer:

Wage intense battles of Global Thermonuclear War as the iconic WOPR computer
Shall We Play A Game?
This is THE officially licensed WarGames mobile game!
Step into the role of the iconic WOPR computer as you wage intense battles of Global Thermonuclear War against characters from the movie. Take on David Lightman (played by Matthew Broderick), Jennifer Mack (played by Ally Sheedy), McKittrick (played by Dabney Coleman), and others.
Features:
-Compelling storyline
-40+ levels
-24 Tactics and Mods to make your character more powerful, each with 6 upgradable levels
Gameplay:
There are four tile types on the board at any given time. Drag your finger over as many similar tiles to create as long of a chain as possible. The longer the chain the bigger the bonus you'll get or more damage you'll deal to your opponent.
Tile Types:
Nuke - Damage your opponent
Health - Heal yourself
Money - Gain money to deploy tactics against your enemy
Radar - Fills up your bonus meter. Once the meter's reaches 100% you get to choose an instant PowerUp
Enemy Tiles:
Your opponents will deploy tiles onto the board in an attempt to damage you and heal themselves. Match enemy tiles with regular tiles of the same type to damage and eventually destroy them. Enemy tiles are denoted by a pulsing crosshair.
Tactics:
Tactics are instant-use items deployable during battle. They do anything from dealing direct damage to your opponent, destroying enemy tiles, or nuking the whole board. They cost money to use (gain money by clearing money tiles). There are 12 unique tactics, each of which has 6 upgradable levels.
Mods:
Mods give passive bonuses and are always active during battle. Their powers range from increasing the amount of money gained each turn, adding to the value of a completed chain, or giving insane bonuses for completing long chains. There are 12 powerful mods and each one has 6 upgradable levels.
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Price: 99cents

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