Happy Birthday Piano Tiles 2!

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One of my favorite, and yours if “Best of 2015” means anything in 2016, just turned 1 year old this month. The brain child of Cheetah Technology Corporation and sequel to the original Piano Tiles, Piano Tiles 2 invites all you rhythmic finger tappers to join in on the fun! And what better way for yours truly to join in the festivities than to set a new personal record. So, Piano Tiles 2, this one’s for you! Happy Birthday you melodically addictive game, you!

Domo Arigato Mr. Robot…no.

I’ve been loving the triumphant return of Mr. Robot to USA Network’s lineup this season, so it might come as no surprise to you that I was immediately attracted to their new iOS game by the same name. At $2.99, Mr. Robot:1.51exfiltrati0n.ipa was a no brainer. You play the role of an Average Joe pulled unwittingly into a hacker’s scheme to pull of the biggest cybercrime in history.

Note: this game is rated for ages 17+ and contains: Frequent/Intense Mature/Suggestive Themes, Frequent/Intense Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References, Frequent/Intense Profanity or Crude Humor, Infrequent/Mild Sexual Content and Nudity. Viewer discretion is advised.

Launching the app continued to fuel my enthusiasm for the world of Mr. Robot that I had fallen in love with in Season 1. The game starts with an edgy fsociety hacktivism style video which ends with a call to action. Do you pick up the phone you see on the sidewalk? Of course you do! Setting up the phone to connect to E-Corp’s messaging platform is straight forward. The E-Corp messaging platform is locked by a fake thumbprint scanner that feels like something a near-future global tech company would impose on its users. Mr. Robot E-Corp Messaging MenuAt this point, you’re dumped into a mobile operating system that feels different, yet familiar. With just a few options, there’s not much to poke around in, but almost immediately you receive several notifications from the apps on the phone and the story is begins.

You’re introduced to a large cast of characters over the course of game who mistake you for the owner of the phone you stole picked up. Some of the conversations are relevant to the game’s plot line, and some are just frivolous banter. To complete the game, you must help the previous owner, Darlene, retrieve an important file from the phone. As you move through the game, that is essentially like guided texting, you have to help her complete other social hacking oriented tasks.

I think you mean “That isn’t YOUR phone.”

If I’m being honest, this game was terrible. Maybe it was my high hopes for this game to feel like I was being pulled into the world of Mr. Robot, but it definitely didn’t live up to my expectations. You spend the entire game waiting for someone to text you so that you can make fun of their spelling by using a “witty” comeback like, “I think you mean ‘That isn’t YOUR phone.'” When I say you spend time waiting, I want to be clear, this game took me several days to finish. The delay wasn’t due to a lack of having time to play though, it came from literally waiting around for someone to text me. What a sad state of affairs that we have a game that revolves around texting people. This game would definitely be improved by including some video cut scenes, audio, or some kind of a fast forward button to cut down on the waiting between interactions.

PokeMonday 8/22/2016 – Team Leader Lingo & Onix in the Frontier!

Happy PokeMonday to all you awesome trainers out there! August is almost over and with September just around the corner, Niantic Labs released an interesting new update for poke-trainers everywhere. For me personally, it’s been a good week for hunting pokemon, especially with the recent migration changes. 😉

get ready to be judged!
get ready to be judged!

IMG_5089Just a few days ago, Niantic released a new update that allows trainers to get some personal time with their team leaders! Once you select a pokemon and open the options menu for it, you will see a brand new button: “Appraise”. Click on this button, and you’ll see you’re team leader pop up and give you some insider info about your pokemon. For me, that would be Blanche, because Team Mystic is the best. 😉 Candela and Sparky make appearances as well, each with their own unique phrases and tips. These phrases and tips aren’t always clear, however, so here is a quick guide to help you read between the lines of your leader. I personally really appreciate this new feature, it adds a new level to the game for me. Many of you trainers out there already used third-party sites such as The Silph Road to help calculate your pokemons personal power levels. However, I wasn’t that type of trainer, so this new feature is really useful to me, and trainers like me.

frontier-parkSpeaking of myself, this weeks adventure took me out into the wild frontier. Or at least, Frontier Park in Tustin. Frontier Park is a newly remodeled park that features frisbee golf, an interactive water attraction, and a free work out equipment. The frisbee golf and the work out equipment were particularly interesting, and definitely something worth returning to with my wife; however neither of these was my main draw to the park this week. I was at Frontier Park to hunt pokemon!IMG_4942 I was first attracted to this park as a pokemon hunting ground when I noticed that a Jolteon appeared there. Since then, I’ve returned quite a few times and have been able to verify that Frontier Park is an Onix nest!

IMG_5086 IMG_5087Personally, I have always loved Onix, way back since the first time Brock chose him to battle Ash. And to be able to find an Onix nest this week, after finding a bulbasaur nest last week, well – I must have eaten a lucky egg for breakfast! Now all I need is to find a Farfetched nest and I’ll have caught all three of my favorites! Who knows, if the effects of the lucky egg last, maybe I’ll catch a Farfetched next week! Good luck out there, trainers, I’ll see you next week!

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MIDNIGHT STAR RENEGADE: Run and Gun shooting on the go!

Intergalactic FPS shooting is now available on the go and in the palm of your hand with MIDNIGHT STAR RENEGADE, the latest free app from Industrial Toys LLC. Strap in, crack those knuckles, and get ready for an intuitive, fast paced, and action packed adventure that fits in your pocket! Midnight Star Renegade is filled with alien threats, armor and weapon upgrades, and tons of unlockables! If you find yourself in the app store in search of a fun run and gun experience on the run, then Midnight Star Renegade is what you’re looking for!


GEAR UP SOLDIER! 

Midnight Star Renegade thrusts you right into action from the very start! As soon as you open this pocket-FPS app, your training in how to effectively eliminate aliens begins. The controls are surprisingly simple and precise once you get a hang of it, considering Midnight Star’s FPS roots. The learning curve to actually get the hang of it, however, well that’s a different story. I have to be honest, the first time I played this game I was more than a little confused with the controls. I didn’t fully utilize the tools the game had given me, namely the zoom button on the bottom left of the screen. Instead, I chose to continually use the directional to look around the screen, which caused quite a bit of frustration on my part. Movement consisted of running, or jumping depending on if you’ve got the right boots on, from one blue icon to another, each of which are strategically placed around the arena. Swiping around the arena from icon to icon was a tricky mechanic to get used to at first. Once I had gotten the hang of it, however, I was doing mid-air head shots like a boss! But, that’s something that will come later in the game once you’ve got the right shoes on. 😉

Midnight Star Renegade is a fun filled action shooter that’s worth your time, that is, if you’re willing to put in the time to get used to the controls. There are 15 zones in total, with multiple stages within each zone. Every stage gives you an opportunity to earn 3 gold stars, and those stars are what you will need in order to see all 15 zones.

After you complete each stage, you will be rewarded with a loot box to open which will award you with new gear for either your guns or your armor.  These loot boxes are completely random, just like the loot within them. Your gear comes in different levels as well; common, uncommon, rare, epic and legendary- each class color coded for easy identification. The customization in this game reminds me a bit of Destiny, or at least a pocket version of Destiny. Which is probably part of the appeal that I have towards the game, seeing as I do love Destiny. 😉

All in all, I found myself truly enjoying this game. As I stated, it took me a moment to fully realize the potential for fun to be had in Midnight Star Renegade; mostly due to the learning curve when it comes to adjusting to the controls. But after I had gotten past that, I discovered an addictive mobile FPS with enough loot and gear to keep me coming back and killing aliens for quite a while. This game isn’t perfect of course; it has in-app purchases and the load times are slightly longer than some would prefer. But, the game IS free, and with such slick graphics and exciting game play, Midnight Star Renegade is easily a contender for hand held shooter of the year.

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PokeMonday 8-22-2016 – I Wanna Be The Very Best! : the hunt for Bulbasaurs!

Happy PokeMonday to all you Awesome Poke-Trainers out there! Unless you’ve been living underneath a Graveler for the past few weeks, then you’ve undoubtably heard about the hand held phenomena thats sweeping the globe, Pokemon Go! Niantic Games released this gem just a little over a month ago, and already the world is changed, or should I say, evolved. Some Uber drivers have begun to offer a service to chauffeur trainers around town to collect poke-stops. Yelp now includes the poke-filter option that lets you find dining locations that are close to poke-stops and gyms. Droves upon droves of indoor gamers have suddenly stepped out into the light, portable chargers in hand, with one mantra in mind: “Gotta catch ’em all. Gotta catch ’em all.”

We here at AGB are no different. With hats flipped to the back and a pocket full of stardust, we’ve all set out on our quest to be the very best there ever was! And if our pokedex is any indication, then we’re almost there! In fact, here’s a quick look of what we’ve each got so far!

Rob's Pokedex
Rob’s Pokedex
Brandon's Pokedex
Brandon’s Pokedex
John's Pokedex
John’s Pokedex

Definitely not too shabby, if I do say so myself. 😉

look at all those pokestops!!
look at all those pokestops!!

Now personally speaking, this has been a pretty good weekend for me in terms of hunting pokemon. Since the game was released in early July, it’s common to find me walking around Old Town Tustin in the wee early hours of the weekend mornings. Why Old Town Tustin, you ask? Well, lets just say that it’s particularly motivating. And by that, I mean the place is lousy with poke-stops! I mean, just look at all them! 0_O I love waking up early on a Saturday morning, activating an incense, and just walking around Old Town. I’ve found a perfect circuit route that is exactly 2.3 kilometers, perfect for hatching eggs, as well as catching whatever pokemon pop up and collecting from every pokestop I come across. One or two laps is usually all I need to hatch an egg or two and to stock up on poke balls before I set out to other locations. This weekends locations: Heritage Park in Irvine.

Heritage Park, editedThis beautiful park, tucked away on the corner of Walnut and Yale, not only boasts a community center and a regional library, but also hosts the Irvine Fine Arts Center. However, none of those were the reasons why I was visiting Heritage Park this weekend.

from just this weekend ;P
from just this weekend ;P

Instead, I was there for one of my favorite pokemon. For you see, aside from all those notable things that I noted, Heritage Park is also a bulbasaur nest! The wife and I were there for about an hour and it’s safe to say that I caught ALL the bulbasaur. ;P

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TAUROS!!!
But that’s not all! Because while I was there, I was also fortunate enough to snag myself a Tauros! Brrr! It’s Cold in here! There must be some Tauros in the atmosphere! Hahaha! It was my second Tauros, so needless to say, I was a little excited. 😀

That about wraps it up for this weeks edition of PokeMondays. I’ll be visiting different locals in Southern California, and every PokeMonday I will be giving you a run down of how my week went. I intend to go out there everyday, visiting different spots every week, hatching eggs and looking for nests, all in the name of catching ’em all. So be sure to join me here every week on my quest to be the very best!

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