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Netflix and Android - chromecast, downloading, profiles - close to perfection!

Netflix and Android have always had a great relationship, but over recent years the app has really gone from strength to strength. The interface is fantastic and the feature set continues to grow in meaningful ways, making it one of my must-have apps.
The first example that comes to mind is obviously Chromecast support. Now this isn’t a Netflix exclusive option, and it is supported well in many media apps, but Netflix and Chromecast work so seamlessly well together that I struggle to think about how I survived before the pairing existed!
Next is the newly integrated ‘Download’ option, which allows users to download content and watch it on the go without a data connection.  Honestly, Netflix kicked it out of the park with this one – it could not be easier to use, it includes all the right settings (save to SD, definition quality control, etc) – and best of all it is all within the existing price brackets. I almost feel they could have charged extra for this service alone – but am ext…

The Odyssey

Today's app of the day is The Odyssey.

I am sure I am not alone when I say that point and click adventure games hold a special place in my heart. It heralds back to my younger days, playing the Hugo series of games (house of horrors, etc) and moving onto other Lucas / Sierra classics. I know for a fact that Sam and Max Hit the Road will always hold a special place in my gaming memory.

With this as a baseline, I am always excited when I have the opportunity play a modern take on the point and click adventure, and in recent years there have been some great takes on the genre such as Machinarium  and recently, the Room. Thankfully, I can now insert another game into my repertoire of great point and click adventuring, with The Odyssey - an excellent new Android game by CrazySoft.

The Odyssey has mythical underpinnings, with the player taking the role of the Greek hero Odysseus (or Ulysses). From there, the player is tasked with re-living key events from Homer's legend - all through the tip of your finger as you drag items around the screen to solve puzzles and progress. The puzzles are challenging but achievable, which is what you want in a game of this variety. Admittedly, I got stuck a few times but when I finally realised the solution, it was so obvious that I was shocked I had missed it in the first place. I always think that is a good sign for a puzzle game!

As with many games in this genre, artwork is essential, and The Odyssey really stands out in this regard, with beautiful hand drawn screens. This looks great on a phone, and even on a tablet the crispness of the full HD images will really impress. On top of the great gameplay and beautiful graphics, the actual writing and story also impress, with surprisingly fresh humor incorporated into the scripting. Finally, with support for English, German, French, Spanish, Russian and logically - Greek - there should be plenty of fans able to enjoy this game.

The free version will give you access to the first 3 chapters of gameplay, so you have absolutely nothing to lose by giving this great Android game a go. Happy tapping!







In the words of the developer:

▶ www.crackberry.com review: "Fancy a challenge? Guide Ulysses home with The Odyssey HD. If you are looking for a mystical adventure game then The Odyssey HD may well be just what you are after... If you fancy taking on the challenge of getting Ulysses home, you won't want to miss this game."
▶ www.pdasnews.com review: "Being a Lucas/Sierra addicted fan, I loved this game. It kept me playing for several hours each day and when I finished it (with tips of course) I wanted more. I totally recommend it to all the genre fans and all the other guys who are just bored playing 'hidden object' games."
▶ www.blackberryos.com review: "If you were born before the 90's, then you most likely are familiar with some old classic point and click adventure games. My all time favorite was the King's Quest series. This game will keep you entertained for hours on end. Beware, highly addicting!"
This is the free / lite version. Its fully playable until its 3rd chapter completely free. Many hours of free adventure game playing guaranteed! No ads, try it for free!
FEATURES:
▶ Huge and classic point-and-click adventure game.
▶ Be part of Homer's epic story and educate yourself while playing.
▶ Face ancient Gods, Sirens, Cyclops and other monsters.
▶ Beautifully hand drawn cartoons (Full HD), humorous dialogs and challenging puzzles.
▶ Short animation synopsis for educational purposes.
▶ Fully translated into English, German, French, Spanish, Russian and Greek.
▶ Auto adjustable for all android devices (both phones + tablets)
▶ Requires a device with hardware acceleration (OpenGL)
Step into this epic point-and-click mythical adventure game. See what it takes to be the Greek hero Odysseus (Ulysses)! Get ready to embark on a journey filled with danger, mythical creatures and ancient Gods. Thrilling moments and unexpected twists as well as the evil presence of legendary creatures dominate this mythical game throughout.
You will have to step into the shoes of Odysseus (Ulysses) and his journey home after the fall of Troy. It took him ten years to reach Ithaca after the ten- year Trojan War. Become a part of Homer's original myth, live the adventure, and educate yourself during the process.
Beware; this is not a simple task. You will have to escape from Goddess Calypso's island, blind Cyclops Polyphemus, face the witch-Goddess Circe, go to the land of the death in search of an oracle, avoid the Siren mermaids, pass between the six-headed monster Scylla and the whirlpool Charybdis, and visit the Sun God's island. Finally, you will have to murder the suitors and get together with your beloved wife, Penelope and your fearless son Telemachus.


There is also a full version of the Odyssey available here.

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