February 23, 2017


7 Alternatives to the Standard Solitaire Game

from A Shareware Life

Most people are familiar with the basic classic solitaire game that comes with Windows.

Many people don't know that this is the game called Klondike.

Klondike

    How to Play Klondike

 

While Klondike is fun to play and a fine example of a good solitaire game (how else did it get so popular}, there are lots of game similar to it that are just as much fun or more.  Here are some examples from among the more than 900 games in Pretty Good Solitaire.

 

1) Gold Rush

Gold Rush is my favorite Klondike alternative, in part because I invented it. It takes the basic Klondike game, with unlimited redeals and a 3 card draw, and changes it to have only 2 redeals, but a 2 card draw after the first redeal, then a 1 card draw for the last time through the deck.  This makes for a nicely balanced game that is challenging but not too challenging.

Goldrush

How to Play Gold Rush

 

2) Double Klondike

Double Klondike is just the standard solitaire game expanded to two decks.  More cards give more choices and on the whole makes a better (but longer) game.

Doubleklondike

How to Play Double Klondike

 

3) Fascination

Fascination is another game that I invented for Pretty Good Solitaire nearly 20 years ago.  It is an attempt to make an open game out of Klondike.  An open solitaire game is a game where all the cards in the deck are dealt out face up at the start of the game. The most famous open solitaire game is FreeCell.  Open games have perfect information for the player, he or she can see where everything is.  As such, they tend to be more strategic games.

Fascination

How to Play Fascination

 

4)  Moving Left

 

Moving Left is another 2 deck version of Klondike.   The main thing about Moving Left is when an pile becomes empty, every other pile moves one space over to the left.

Movingleft

How to Play Moving Left

 

5) Trigon

Trigon takes the classic Klondike game and makes it harder. Instead of the standard of building cards down by alternate color among the 7 piles, it changes it to building down by suit.  This makes the game considerably harder.

 

Trigon

How to Play Trigon

 

6) Lady Jane

Lady Jane is another 2 deck game.  Lady Jane features all face up cards in the tableau.  It is a game for people who like easy games to win.

Ladyjane

How to Play Lady Jane

 

7) King Albert

King Albert is another open game, with all the cards of one deck dealt out face up with 7 cards dealt out as reserve cards (all the card available) at the bottom of the screen.  King Albert is a somewhat overlooked and challenging game. It blocks easily and so it doesn't have the appeal of FreeCell, but if you ignore the unwinnable games and concentrate on deals that give you a change, it can be a fun game.

Kingalbert

How to Play King Albert

 



February 22, 2017


Shadowhand Developer Vlog #11- Potions

from Grey Alien Games

Today we’re taking a look at how to counter the slowing effects of alcohol with tea, as well as the constitutional boost delivered by a steak and ale pie. An angry washerwoman also bombards our heroine with soap in an attempt to disarm her, as Jake tests out some of the 17 potions available in the Shadowhand, the unique RPG card game for PC/Mac coming to Steam soon!



February 21, 2017


Geometry Dash: Quick Play Through Review

from Casual Game Guides

Introducing a new segment, Caleb's Corner! Tune in to this week's Quick Play Through Review for the game Geometry Dash to get a rapid fire overview of how the game is played and what our resident gamer thinks of it!




Episode 457: For Honor

from Casual Gamer Chick

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This week’s episode has T.J. raving about the new hotness, the multi-cultural action-MOBA game For Honor, while Jonah complains about the lack of attention paid to Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2. Scott, meanwhile, is playing Pillars of Eternity in preparation for the sequel.

This week’s news includes:

  • Nintendo announces DLC Pass for Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • Bard’s Tale remastered trilogy will be finished, promises developer
  • Sony axes PS Now for PS3, Vita
  • Microsoft teases Project Scorpio in E3 2017 press event

Let us know what you think.

This week’s episode has T.J. raving about the new hotness, the multi-cultural action-MOBA game For Honor, while Jonah complains about the lack of attention paid to Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2. Scott, meanwhile, is playing Pillars of Eternity in preparation for the sequel. This week’s news includes: Nintendo announces DLC Pass for Zelda: Breath of the Wild Bard’s Tale remastered trilogy will be finished, promises developer Sony axes PS Now for PS3, Vita Microsoft teases Project Scorpio in E3 2017 press event Let us know what you think.



February 13, 2017


Episode 456: What’s Coming in 2017

from Casual Gamer Chick

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This week, the gang ponder about the games that are coming in 2017, thinking about what they’re really interested in. The games range from Mass Effect: Andromeda to Injustice 2, among other titles. It’s a long rambling conversation, but at least it’s hope. The Gaming History focuses on the folly that was The Capcom 5.

The news items this week include:

  • Fallout 4 surpasses Skyrim to become Bethesda’s most successful game ever
  • Rainbow Six Siege year two: free loot, better matchmaking, subversive operators
  • E3 2017 will be open to the public

The Question of the Week is “What game are you looking forward to in 2017?”

This week, the gang ponder about the games that are coming in 2017, thinking about what they’re really interested in. The games range from Mass Effect: Andromeda to Injustice 2, among other titles. It’s a long rambling conversation, but at least it’s hope. The Gaming History focuses on the folly that was The Capcom 5. The news items this week include: Fallout 4 surpasses Skyrim to become Bethesda’s most successful game ever Rainbow Six Siege year two: free loot, better matchmaking, subversive operators E3 2017 will be open to the public The Question of the Week is “What game are you looking forward to in 2017?”



February 12, 2017


Shadowhand Developer Vlog #10 – Weapon properties and stealth

from Grey Alien Games

Jake talks about how some of the special properties that weapons can have in our forthcoming game, Shadowhand, such as pierce, stun, bleed, poison and more. Also he shows off the new stealth stat and character stats panel.



February 10, 2017


Magnificent Match-3 Bundle on Steam

from Grey Alien Games

Press Release: Top Puzzle Game Developers Join Forces for Magnificent Match-3s Bundle on Steam

Dorset, UK, February 10th 2017 – Top independent puzzle game developers 10tons, EightyEightGames and Grey Alien Games have joined forces to publish a Steam game bundle titled Magnificent Match-3s Bundle. The bundle contains the puzzle game hits You Must Build A Boat by EightyEightGames, Spooky Bonus by Grey Alien Games and Sparkle 2 by 10tons. The bundle is priced €17.25 EUR, a 25% discount of the list prices of the games.

“Each game in the Magnificent Match-3s Bundle is an excellent variation of the beloved match-3 mechanic. Anyone with even the slightest inclination for matching gameplay will be thoroughly entertained.” says Tero Alatalo, CEO of 10tons.

“Steam is a veritable treasure trove of amazing puzzle games, and with the latest iteration of Steam’s powerful discovery algorithms rolled out in the recent Discovery Update 2.0, finding them is easier than ever. Steam truly is a worthwhile destination for puzzle gamers.” says Jake Birkett, CEO of Grey Alien Games.

“Tens of thousands of gamers have enjoyed You Must Build A Boat on Steam, and I’m sure cross-publisher bundles like this will help in maintaining that success.” says Luca Redwood, CEO of EightyEightGames.

Click here to see the Magnificent Match-3s Bundle on Steam!

For more information on each game, see the Steam store pages:

Sparkle 2: http://store.steampowered.com/app/370550/
Sparkle 2 trailer on YouTube: https://youtu.be/giB9y6-cBFM

You Must Build a Boat: http://store.steampowered.com/app/290890
You Must Build a Boat trailer on YouTube: https://youtu.be/jKq8SnwsN9A

Spooky Bonus: http://store.steampowered.com/app/388450/
Spooky Bonus trailer on YouTube: https://youtu.be/v67kz89ojgQ

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REVIEW: Mysterium (PC, iOS, Android)

from Casual Gamer Chick

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I have an affinity for board games. Games like Lords of Waterdeep, Pandemic, 7 Wonders, and so on. When one of the games I enjoy get a videogame adaptation, I’m usually right on top of it. Some of the best adaptations include the iOS version of Lords of Waterdeep and Puerto Rico. Others, like Ra, aren’t as well translated. One game in particular, 7 Wonders, seems to be in an eternal beta.

However, one of the less likely board games to get a videogame adaptation is Mysterium. The game can best be described as a cross between Clue and abstract picture game Dixit. The theme of Mysterium is that one player is a murdered ghost, and the other players are psychics at a seance. The ghost sends the psychics clues related to their own murder, but the clues come in the form of wildly abstract pictures that Salvador Dali would be proud of. Using those vague clues, the psychics have six game turns to determine who killed the ghost, with what and where.

The game manages to represent the board game well, which lush, moody 1920’s art deco graphics. The single player campaign is basically an extended tutorial, framed in a story where the player spends time as both a psychic and a medium channeling a ghost. The game features multiplayer modes, including a Blitz mode that promises a faster game.

The game plays best with other humans, because playing with a computer requires the player to do a sort of reverse Turing Test in figuring out either what the computer ghost is trying to say or, even more difficult, figuring out how to find out what connections the AI will make. For example, putting 4 yellow cards may not influence the computer to select the yellowest option in front of them.

Playing with other humans is a pleasure, as always. A co-op game, you’re not going to find hostile players. The interface is good enough to allow players to communicate with each other, advising which evidence they should vote for or against. Mysterium is one of those games that never fails to present a compelling session.

It’s unfortunate, then, that the population of Mysterium players is very low; matchmaking is poor, and it’s very hard to coordinate with strangers to start a game. Gamers are lucky to start four player games (1 ghost, 3 psychics), and the game really sings with far more psychics than that. Tn fact, I was never able to get a game of Blitz going.

For fans of Mysterium, this game is a must-buy, but it’s advisable for players to coordinate scheduled games to avoid the dearth of online players out there. The game is currently only available on PC, iOS and Android — hopefully, word of mouth will get more players to enjoy this faithful adaptation.



February 08, 2017


Weekday Escape N°133

from Jay Is Games

Weekday Escape N°133 Hi! It´s time for a break, three escape games are coming on Weekday Escape! You can escape from reality to a virtual world for a while! And then find your way out from three places and come back relaxed, and... Tagged as: amajeto, blog, browser, escape, esklavos, free, pointandclick, puzzle, rating-g, sarameya, surreal, weekday-escape



February 07, 2017


The Trader of Stories - Chapter 1

from Jay Is Games

Platform: Javascript/HTML5 — The Trader of Stories - Chapter 1 The Big Old Tree that Dreams came into our lives a few years ago, unfolding the fantastic universe of the Forest Bed, and telling the story of one character, Myosotis, The Trader of Stories. With Bell's Heart it got... Tagged as: adventure, bigoldtreethatdreams, browser, free, game, html5, javascript, linux, mac, mrudowski, narrative, pointandclick, traderofstories, windows




Episode 455: It’s Been a Fun Ten Years

from Casual Gamer Chick

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Back in 2007, Derrick and Jennifer Schommer, along with Don Dunn started the Gaming Podcast, with their unique sense of humor and take on the biz of video games (as well as starting a popular World of Warcraft guild.) The trio would move on, with Derrick starting his Everyday Drinkers podcast and Common Man Cocktails site. Jonah Falcon took over, and merged it with the Videogame Roundtable. In that time, we’ve had hosts including Jordan Lund, Paul S. Nowak, Dan Quick, Scott Dirk and most lately, the inestimable T.J. Denzer. We’ve also had guest hosts including Hilary Goldstein and the late Andrew Yoon.

This episode celebrates the past 10 years, including an intro by Dan Quick and Paul S. Nowak joining this week’s episode, to discuss this news:

  • ‘Father of Pac-Man‘ Masaya Nakamura dies at 91
  • Nintendo is gearing up for more mobile games, plans 2-3 per year
  • $500 million awarded to ZeniMax in lawsuit over the Oculus Rift
  • Asheron’s Call comes to a quiet end after 17 years

Let us know how long you’ve followed the podcast for!

Back in 2007, Derrick and Jennifer Schommer, along with Don Dunn started the Gaming Podcast, with their unique sense of humor and take on the biz of video games (as well as starting a popular World of Warcraft guild.) The trio would move on, with Derrick starting his Everyday Drinkers podcast and Common Man Cocktails site. Jonah Falcon took over, and merged it with the Videogame Roundtable. In that time, we’ve had hosts including Jordan Lund, Paul S. Nowak, Dan Quick, Scott Dirk and most lately, the inestimable T.J. Denzer. We’ve also had guest hosts including Hilary Goldstein and the late Andrew Yoon. This episode celebrates the past 10 years, including an intro by Dan Quick and Paul S. Nowak joining this week’s episode, to discuss this news: ‘Father of Pac-Man‘ Masaya Nakamura dies at 91 Nintendo is gearing up for more mobile games, plans 2-3 per year $500 million awarded to ZeniMax in lawsuit over the Oculus Rift Asheron’s Call comes to a quiet end after 17 years Let us know how long you’ve followed the podcast for!



February 06, 2017


Going to GDC? Want to try Shadowhand?

from Grey Alien Games

The creators of Regency Solitaire invite you to try out their new game at GDC.

Calling Press & Streamers

Do you want to get your hands on our unique RPG card game, Shadowhand, coming out shortly after GDC?

Would you like to meet up with Jake at GDC to check it out and chat about the game or do an interview?

Would you like to try a copy of the beta version?

If the answer to any of these is YES then please get in contact:

You can email us: info@greyaliengames.com
Or message via Twitter: @greyalien

Get in touch we’d love to hear from you!




The Witness

from Jay Is Games

Platform: Windows — The Witness You begin in a bunker, presented with only a series of doors locked by an impossibly simple line puzzle. Finally freeing yourself of the darkness, you spill out into the glorious sunshine, awash in the Island's vibrantly chromatic landscape, only... Tagged as: download, game, indie, puzzle, rating-y, steam, windows



February 04, 2017


New Pretty Good Solitaire for iPad v1.50 with 700 Games

from A Shareware Life

The iPad version of Pretty Good Solitaire has updated to version 1.50 with 700 games.  This version adds 100 new games (the same 100 games recently added to the Mac version) and adds the ability to change backgrounds.

To change the background of any game or all games, touch the Options button on the main screen.

For more about the iPad version of Pretty Good Solitaire, see http://www.goodsol.com/ipad .

 



February 03, 2017


Midnight Calling: Valeria Walkthrough

from Casual Game Guides

Grandma’s calling for your help in this exciting edition of Midnight Calling: Valeria Collector's Edition. The world is cooling at a speed that could cause devastating consequences and only you can help! Traverse the frigid landscape as you dig deeper into this challenging and exhilarating hidden objects adventure. Our Midnight Calling: Valeria Collector's Edition Walkthrough is bursting with illustrated screen shots & easy to follow instructions to help guide you to victory and restore balance to the world. Keep warm and get ready to battle the mystical forces behind this wintery weather adventure! 

 



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Medieval Cop Adam and Eva

from Jay Is Games

Platform: Javascript/HTML5 — Medieval Cop Adam and Eva Sadly, you opened your eyes today and once again, you are still alive, but barely. At least, that is how sadistically minded, eternal pessimist detective Dregg Morriss might put it. For once, he only wanted to have a decent birthday.... Tagged as: browser, detective, free, game, html5, pointandclick, puzzle, VasantJ



February 02, 2017


Weekday Escape N°132

from Jay Is Games

Weekday Escape N°132 Three games coming on Weekday Escape this week, and all are from well-known developers, each one is brilliant in his own way. You choose whether you want to play one at time or all three games at once and which... Tagged as: blog, browser, escape, free, funkyland, no1game, pointandclick, puzzle, rating-g, weekday-escape, yominokagura



February 01, 2017


Weather Lord: Graduation

from Casual Game Guides

Weather Lord: Graduation Collector's Edition is the latest edition of this favorite time & resource management adventure! Princess Jenny along with Prof. Theodore need your help in recovering a stolen artifact that could compromise the well-being of the kingdom. Help her to manipulate the weather to her advantage, utilize her resources to their maximum capacity and secure her newly acquired position. Keep your eyes open and your feet moving as you must recover the egg artifact before it hatches & unleashes destruction that is beyond belief. Good luck and move quickly! We hope you enjoy Weather Lord: Graduation Collector's Edition.



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January 30, 2017


Episode 454: Rather Die Than Switch

from Casual Gamer Chick

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Gaming Podcast is back after the one week break, and finally truly weighs in on the announcement of the Switch – and aren’t impressed. What does impress the crew is the latest addition to the survival horror genre, Resident Evil 7: Biohazard, which takes the radical approach of being a survival horror game. They also ponder about how great a Zelda/Minecraft game would be.

The next episode will be Gaming Podcast’s 10th anniversary, so longtime listeners are encouraged to write in.

Gaming Podcast is back after the one week break, and finally truly weighs in on the announcement of the Switch – and aren’t impressed. What does impress the crew is the latest addition to the survival horror genre, Resident Evil 7: Biohazard, which takes the radical approach of being a survival horror game. They also ponder about how great a Zelda/Minecraft game would be. The next episode will be Gaming Podcast’s 10th anniversary, so longtime listeners are encouraged to write in.




A Sweet Typing Thrill

from Jay Is Games

Platform: Flash — A Sweet Typing Thrill Back in 2015, LucidShadowDreamer's text-based game Playing with Letters had us chasing a shrewd criminal through a series of boxes that could only be unlocked through riddle-solving ingenuity. Well, if you enjoyed struggling through the original, you'll be happy to... Tagged as: browser, flash, free, game, lucidshadowdreamer, narrative, playthis, puzzle, rating-y, riddle, text




How Much Do You Value Privacy and Security in the Apps You Use?

from GBGames

I tend to dislike relying on third parties to provide me with services I find indispensable.

If I can help it, I prefer having control over my own services, even if it means having a poorer experience than a flashier, proprietary solution might provide .

Staying in Control of my Mental Food Sources

For instance, years ago I used Google Reader quite a bit to keep up with news on the game industry, on blogs I followed, and more. It was a great service.

And then I imagine with the rise of social media my own usage dropped without me realizing it, so when they announced they were discontinuing it in 2013, I learned about it probably on Twitter.

There were plenty of tech-oriented news sites putting out articles on replacement services, such as Feedly, which I know lots of people recommend.

But I was curious about creating my own personal Google Reader-like site. It’s just collecting a bunch of RSS feeds and showing them, right?

Before I got too far wondering how to do it myself, I learned about Tiny Tiny RSS, open source web-based news feed (RSS/Atom) reader and aggregator.

Open source means I don’t have to worry about a third party disappearing or pulling the service for one reason or another. I also don’t have to worry about said third party collecting data on my reading habits.

It was years before I got around to setting it up on my own web host. In fact, I didn’t do so until last December. But now that I have, I feel like kicking my past self for not doing so sooner. It’s incredibly useful, especially as I can’t trust various algorithms (and the algorithm writers) at Twitter and Facebook to show me what I specifically wanted to see.

And the best part is that I am in control. I can backup my data and take it to another web host. I can use my own desktop computer to act as a server if I want. I can see everything without filtering or some company deciding that NOT showing me what I subscribed to is somehow better.

I just hope I never need to ask for support, unless I want to deal with the developer equivalent of the Soup Nazi. Reading through the support requests I did see when I was trying to figure out how to set up the software left a bad taste in my mouth. Yeesh.

But since Tiny Tiny RSS is open source, I technically have the ability to take my support requests elsewhere. Again, I have more control and more options.

My Any.Do Woes

More recently, I ran into a frustration with an app I depended upon to manage my todo lists. A few years back, a friend recommended the Android app Any.Do to me, and I’ve used it ever since.

It was intuitive, allowed me to setup recurring items, and showed me my items in the order I liked, separating things that are to be addressed today from the things of tomorrow or in the vague future.

I of course used it for one-off items. Maybe someone recommended a book to me in a conversation. I would pull out my phone, open up Any.Do, and add an item to remind me to look up the book later.

But the ability to set recurring tasks was a huge feature. I set reminders for mundane things like watering my plants every week or cleaning the litter boxes each morning. I used it for regular habits, such as writing a daily summary of the prior day each morning and using my evenings to plan for the next day. I even used it to remind me to write blog posts or update my finances.

At one point it started trying to get me to install their calendar companion app, but I was fine with my current situation, and I learned I could disable the reminder.

It also kept asking me to get the pro version, but as I had no interest in syncing between devices, I was fine with the free version.

And everything was fine. Well, mostly. It had a few minor bugs I got used to over the years. Every once in awhile, the UI would get glitchy. Sometimes the tasks would look like they were reloading on top of each other, and eventually I think there would be a conflict that would prevent me from swiping a task to completion or adding new tasks. Closing and reopening the app usually cleared it up, though.

The bigger, scarier one was when I would open Any.Do only to find a blank screen. My task list, the one that that I live by, was gone!

The first time, I had a moment of panic because, hey, free version, meaning no syncing, and therefore no backups existed. But then I not only closed the app but shut it down. When I launched Any.Do again, there was my list. Whew! Every critical bug with a workaround becomes a minor bug. B-)

So, I happened to see that Any.Do had an update in Google Play, and I went to check the changelog, and all it said was “Every update is a boost to the app’s stability, speed, and security…” Maybe they finally fixed the bugs?

So I update the app, and now I find out that the syncing feature of the pro version is required in the free version.

Required.

Now when I launch Any.Do, I see a screen asking me to create an account by linking the app with my Facebook, Google, or personal email account in order to keep my tasks and lists in sync across all of my devices.

And there is no way to get past this screen so I can see my list again if I want to avoid creating an account I don’t need.

I’ve learned that Any.Do is also integrating with Alexa and will have a chatbot to help you with your to-do items. I’m sure those are great features for people who like them, but I’m decidedly not an early adopter, and I think I prefer my to-do list app to be sans A.I.

TODO: Find Another To-Do List App

So the changelog lied, and now my choice is to comply and lose a bit (or a lot?) of my privacy, search for older APKs of Any.Do and worry about where they came from and whether or not it is safe to install them, or find another app.

I decided to look for another app, but I wanted to be more careful this time. I already hate it when seemingly simple apps ask for way too many permissions.

Unfortunately, almost all of the apps I could find that focus on privacy and limited permissions were too simple. Recurring tasks are almost never available as a feature.

Privacy Friendly To-Do List by the SECUSO research group would otherwise have sounded perfect in terms of limiting permissions and providing control.

I did find an app called To Do List & Widget. It had limited permissions, which boiled down to “it needs to read and write to files”, and it lets you back up your lists manually.

It’s only downside besides a UI that is somewhat less intuitive than Any.Do’s is that there’s almost no information about who made it and where it came from. It’s definitely not open source. While the permissions allow it to do only so much, I still found myself being a bit uneasy about trusting it on my device. And besides, what happens in the future? Will it continue to be updated?

So ultimately I settled on Taskwarrior, which is a GUI app wrapping the command line tool of the same name.

The underlying system is incredibly powerful, and so unfortunately I found the UI requires me to learn how to use it. Recurring tasks aren’t as easy to setup, for instance, but I can do more interesting schedules than what Any.Do restricted me to.

And if I ever do setup my own Taskwarrior server, I can get syncing on my own terms.

I was surprised that it requires a lot of permissions, but it boils down to the app needing to create and use an account on the device and needing access to the network to do the syncing. There are no in-app purchases or ads, and the source is available so I can build it myself and read through it to verify that nothing nefarious is happening under the hood. I also have the ability to continue updating it if the original maintainer disappears.

The user interface is awkward for me at the moment. Any.Do showed me my tasks for today, tomorrow, and later, and it even had a separate category for unscheduled stuff as “Someday”. A recurring daily task I completed would show up in the Tomorrow list automatically.

Taskwarrior’s default views are showing me everything, and while they are in date order, it’s not cleanly separated. Also, recurring tasks are automatically synthesized from the template task, and so I find I can have multiple instances of the task at once in my list.

Then again, these issues might be due to me not knowing how to use Taskwarrior properly.

What’s Important to You?

Some people might balk at the idea of investing time into learning how to use an app when a more intuitive one is available.

And that’s fine. I get it.

But I’ve been starting to value my privacy and my security even more these days.

And it’s not an absurd paranoia. Recently there was news about a popular makeover app with privacy red flags. Pokemon Go was a concerning app until they changed the scope of the permissions it required to run.

I already know that Google tracks where my phone goes, which means it knows where I go. I should really turn off the GPS when I’m not actively using the map functionality, in fact. It’s always disconcerting to see the notification telling me that it is using it because none of the running apps in the background should care where I’m at.

I mean, when I took a picture at my mother-in-law’s house during a party, I got a request to upload the picture and attach it to the search results of the nearby public park. Ick.

Artificial intelligence is huge these days, and with chatbots and intelligent personal assistants such as Siri, Google Now, Cortana, and Alexa, we’re seeing a lot of benefits in the way of convenience.

To get that convenience, though, we’re handing over our data to the people behind our devices. And yet, security is rarely treated as a priority, which means that even if we trusted our data to those people, it might also be getting to people we don’t trust.

And so, because I value my privacy and security, often it feels like my choice is to opt-out or roll my own solution.

And since everything is getting artificial intelligence integrated in, it often means tolerating third parties getting access to data more or using alternatives. And if I am going to use alternatives anyway, they may as well be ones I have the most control over.

Thank goodness for free (as in speech) software, eh?



January 28, 2017


The Battle of Polytopia

from Jay Is Games

Platform: iOS, Android — The Battle of Polytopia Keep the thrill of guiding your own civilization on you wherever in this free, easy-on-the-eyes resource management game that's been redesigned to be a snap to play on your Android and iOS devices! Tagged as: android, free, game, ios, ipad, iphone, microtransactions, midjiwan, mobile, rating-y, resourcemanagement, strategy, tablet, turnbased



January 27, 2017


Omnichronic

from Jay Is Games

Platform: Javascript/HTML5 — Omnichronic Omnichronic is a clever point and click game from Jonas Nilsson that gives you everything you'd expect from a Pirate's tale. Buried treasure. Swashbuckling. Backstabbing. Time travel. Yes you heard me correctly, time travelling pirates. Throw in some Dwarves and... Tagged as: adventure, browser, comic, free, game, html5, pirates, pointandclick




Sphere

from Jay Is Games

Platform: Unity — Sphere Sphere, a French/English first person platformer coded in Unity by Team Sphere, is an oldie from the middle of 2012. While the name may make you think of Michael Crichton, it has absolutely nothing to do with his book with... Tagged as: browser, free, game, platform, puzzle, rating-g, unity



January 26, 2017


Spirits of Mystery: The Fifth Kingdom Walkthrough

from Casual Game Guides

Fare well with our Spirits of Mystery: The Fifth Kingdom Walkthrough, as you will need it to battle the diabolical Isa in this latest installment of this beloved series! The 20 year ceremonial gathering is commencing and the heirs of the 4 kingdoms must unite to ensure peace & prosperity. But, in true Isa form things must go awry. Seek to find the secrets of the lost kingdom and save humanity before it’s too late. Refer to our multi-colored and easy to follow instructional guide to assist you along your journey to peace.



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puzzlehz

from Jay Is Games

Platform: Unity — puzzlehz It's short, it's sweet, and it loops! It's puzzlehz! Remember all that information you learned in high school about waves and frequencies and you wondered when you'd need to use it outside the classroom? Yeah, you still won't need... Tagged as: audio, browser, educational, free, game, physics, puzzle, unity, webgl



January 25, 2017


Weekday Escape N°131

from Jay Is Games

Weekday Escape N°131 Escape...Escape....E-S-C-A-P-E!!! Yessssss we have three games this week! Locked in the Kitchen? PRIMERA has the solution but you need to find it! If you are a lover of symmetries, YONASHI's title is for you. Do you stress when you need... Tagged as: blog, browser, escape, free, primera, puzzle, vitaminhana, weekday-escape, yonashi