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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…

Jump Shot

Today's app of the day is Jump Shot.

 

Jump Shot is a great new game by developers EchoEight Games that takes the classic tilt / jumping style of gameplay made famous by Doodle Jump, adds a few twists and then puts it all back together as an excellent Android app.
 
The basic gameplay should be well known to anyone who has played a share of mobile games, and is based primarily on tilting the device to make your character move left and right across the screen. Movement upwards is aided by platforms, which players must hit in order to continue the climb upwards. Progress is hindered by a number of enemies, which can be killer by tapping on the screen to launch projectiles in their general direction.
 
 What separates Jump Shot from the competition is its three innovative gameplay modes, which includes 'Campaign', 'Freeplay' and 'Survival.' Freeplay is as expected, in which the objective is to work upwards through an endless progression of platforms and enemies, but it is in Campaign and Survival that the game throws in a few twists to break it from the mould of similar titles.
 
In particular, Campaign mode sees the player progress through 6 different climbing levels, and interesting, 6 drop down levels which I found to be a good twist on the standard jumping formula. The campaign mode also includes boss battles which involve movement along a flat platform as incoming enemies try to kill you. Survival is another unique twist on the formula, in which players must stand their ground against incoming hordes of enemies that increase in numbers and difficulty the longer you stay alive.
 
The sound and graphics are quirky and crisp, with the entire game well presented. All in all, if you are looking for a new game to load onto your Android device, check out Jump Shot.




In the words of the developer:

Jump Shot is the hottest platform game on the market! Help your space man to destroy hoards of enemies across hours of addicting climbup, falldown, survival and boss levels while collecting drops from the dead to help you on your journey! Jump Shot features 3 gripping game modes, Campaign, Freeplay, and Survival:

Campaign - Campaign mode features 3 campaigns each loaded with 6 climbup levels, 6 falldown levels, and 1 epic boss battle! Freeplay - For those interested in an endless adventure, Freeplay mode allows you to jump on an infinite level in either climbup or falldown with toggleable enemies. How high of a score can you get? Survival - Stand your ground and fight waves of enemies in Survival mode! Each wave adds new and more difficult enemies. How many waves can you beat? As of version 1.1 you can now configure your sensitivity in the options screen!A Premium Version that removes ads is also available. Download Jump Shot today and begin your journey! ** Although Airpush is used, ONLY the Smartwall feature is implemented and ABSOLUTELY no ads will be posted in the notification tray or the home screen! ** All extra permissions are being used for ads. "Jump Shot is an extremely enjoyable game!"
- Ollie Green, NoBrainerAppReviews.com
"An excellent app!"
- Editor's Choice from DroidAppOfTheDay.com
 KW: action climb climbup fall falldown jump platform shooter shot space survival wave score tilt

Price: Free

There is also a paid version of Jump Shot available here.

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