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Facebook’s new Slingshot app now available for all

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Facebook’s long expected Snapchat competitor known as Slingshot has finally made its way to the Google Play Store and the iTunes App Store around the world. Fortunately, the app doesn’t ask for Facebook authentication, so it’s almost like an independent app. The concept behind Slingshot is pretty much like Snapchat but with a few noticeable differences.

To view an image that a contact has sent, the user will have to send an image back. Images can be sent to multiple contacts as well, which is a neat feature for those in groups. Also, users here will not be notified when a screenshot is taken, while Snapchat tells the users on the other end when a screenshot is taken before the image self destructs. Images on Slingshot are deleted soon after the user has viewed them and are erased from Facebook’s servers within a month, so there are no major privacy issues here.

The app has been available in the U.S. for a while now, but starting today the app can be accessed by users all over the world. The app is free and will only ask for your phone number to confirm your identity and you can start sending “Slings” to your contacts thereafter. Download the app from the link below and let us know what you think.

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Via: Android Central

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Facebook’s Slingshot app is now available worldwide

After launching exclusively in the US earlier this month, Facebook’s Snapchat competitor service Slingshot is now available globally.



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Facebook’s Snapchat rival Slingshot now available worldwide

Facebook launched its not-so-subtle Snapchat competitor Slingshot last week, but only for the US audience. That period of exclusivity has turned out to be quite short-lived, however, as today the new way to socially network is available worldwide. So, to give it a go, all you need is an iOS or Android device, and some friends to “sling” stuff at. Images and videos shared through the app disappear after being viewed, just like Snapchat, but Slingshot is intended more for mass-broadcasting to groups of friends. It also demands you get involved, rather than just observe. If you want to see a picture sent by a friend, for example, you have to “unlock” it first by offering something in return.

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Snapchat slingshots back at Facebook, launches “Our Story” social sharing feature

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Yesterday, Facebook launched Slingshot, its own version of Snapchat, in an effort to try to steal back some of the market share it has lost to various social startups in the past few months.

But Snapchat was prepared, and launched a new feature to its own app yesterday as well, to try to combat Facebook’s efforts. The feature is called “Our Story,” and does not require an update to the app.

The feature lets users string together their own “My Story”(ies) together into one big “Our Story,” to create a more social sharing experience.

Now, Snapchatters who are at the same event/location can create a Story, submit it to “Our Story,” and will find his/her Snapchat among a number of other Snapchats from users of the same/nearby location.

To launch the feature, Snapchat is making it available for the first time at Electric Daily Carnival (an electronic dance music festival, for those of you who don’t know). If you’re there, simply add a Snap to “Our EDC Story” that will automatically appear in your “Send to…” page. Of course your location services will have to be on so Snapchat knows you’re there and will activate the feature for you.

Check out Snapchat’s promotional video for the feature below.

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Facebook Slingshot requires you to share before viewing

If there were any doubt that Facebook will be taking on Snapchat, the public launch and availability of its new Slingshot app and platform should banish all that. But rather than just copy it feature by feature, Facebook is putting in a rather curious twist to the ephemeral messaging trend by focusing on a more social and reciprocal aspect.

The basic premise is the same. You can share, called “slinging” in Slingshot parlance, photos or videos with others and, once it has been viewed, or alternatively, ignored, the message will self-destruct. However, unlike Snapchat, the recipient, or recipients, won’t simply be able to view what you shared. They will have to first sling something back at you before they’re able to see what you slung. Only then will they be able to react to your sling or sling the photo away.

But wait, there’s more! And by “more”, we mean more recipients. Facebook isn’t limiting Slingshot to 1:1 sharing. Instead, you can share those moments with as many friends as you want. Of course, they all have to first share something back, individually of course, before they can see what you just sent. It’s the same process really, but it does take out the tedious work of having to reshare your selfie again and again for each recipient.

Admittedly, Slingshot is an interesting and somewhat refreshing take on the Snapchat phenomenon. It does encourage a more active and more social, and therefore more personal, interaction, though perhaps the ulterior motive for Facebook is to drive as much traffic to their networks as possible. There are, however, two questions that could possibly linger in your mind once you’ve settled down from excitement. First is whether this system will be feasible in the long run. These days, people, especially the younger generation, share things like they share the air they breathe. Slingshot does encourage more thoughtful and intentful sharing, but it also requires a bit more work, at least for the recipient. But perhaps more importantly for those who have been keeping an eye on Snapchat, the question of security and privacy comes to mind. The dust storm from the WhatsApp acquisition proved how Facebook isn’t exactly seen in a trustworthy light, and parallels between the two services will undoubtedly be drawn.

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Either way, if you’ve been taken by this new take on photo and video sharing, Slingshot is now available on Google Play Store for free. Availability is, however, limited only to the US for now and Facebook isn’t giving a clue when or if it will have a wider rollout soon.

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Slingshot, Facebook’s Snapchat competitor, lands in the Play Store

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Facebook was not able to purchase Snapchat despite dangling billions of dollars in front of the developer. So what did Facebook choose to do? Build a similar app and take things a little bit further. Slingshot, available starting today in the Play Store for free, allows users to take photos or record videos and share them with friends. In addition to this, there is an editing component to add some personality to the content. The catch is that friends need to sling a shot back to you in order to see the shot you slung over to them. If you do not care for what is being sent to you, swipe away and the shot is gone forever.

The app is compatible with devices running Android Jelly Bean and higher (which means KitKat). Hit the break for the gallery and download links.

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Facebook’s Slingshot now available for Android, offers photo sharing with a unique twist

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After Facebook’s new photo sharing app, Slingshot, leaked out a bit prematurely last week, it seems the social network is finally ready to make things official. The app has just gone live on Google Play, along with the official Facebook page and new promo video announcing availability of Slingshot for both Android and iOS. You can check out the video here.

For those unaware, Slingshot is Facebook’s latest attempt to mimic the success of Snapchat. While Messenger is aimed towards direct messaging with friends and family, Slingshot’s focus is more on the social aspects of photo sharing. Like Snapchat and Instagram before it, the whole point of Slingshot is to share pics (and having friends who actually want to receive your pics). But unlike rival services, before your friends can ever view your pic, they’ll first need to send one back. It’s an interesting take on photo sharing, and one that could help increase engagement (or kill it completely).

Like most new social services, Slingshot’s success relies heavily on your circles using it. Given it’s ties to Facebook, it sounds like finding friends on the service wont be too difficult. Worst comes to worst, you can always share selfies with grandma. You can download Slingshot free for Android via the link below.

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Facebook Introduces Slingshot, a Snapchat Competitor Based on an Odd Idea

Facebook Creative Labs introduced their new app today, called Slingshot. This app has been rumored for some time as a Snapchat competitor, in that you can send short videos or images to friends that will disappear shortly after they view them. Slingshot is different in a way, though. In order to view images or videos received, you have to first “sling” something to the friend who just sent something to you. Wow, that was as odd to type as it sounds. 

Let me try to explain. If a friend “slings” a photo or video to you, you can’t view it. In order to view it, you have to first send something back to them, even though you haven’t seen what they just sent you. So you aren’t reacting to whatever they just sent, you are are simply sending some random thing that you happen to be doing at the same time without knowing what they are doing. How does that make any sense? I do not know. But that’s how it works!

You can react to items received, comment on them, share new images or videos with a few people or a bunch, draw on things, type on things, etc. Once you receive an item and swipe it away, it is gone forever. And that is Slingshot.

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[New App] Facebook Launches Its Own Snapchat Clone Called Slingshot

avatar_ea8008bdb2a7_128There was once a time when sending a risqué picture meant coping with the possibility that it would be out there forever, then Snapchat happened along to delete those pics automatically (this does not constitute a guarantee). Now Facebook is looking to get in on the sexting* game with its own take on Snapchat called Slingshot.

Facebook would prefer you not think of this as a Snapchat copycat, but c’mon. According to the blog post announcement, Slingshot is about encouraging everyone to be a creator.

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Facebook releasing Slingshot photo-social app later today

Facebook is no stranger to social media, so it should be of little surprise to see them taking on Snapchat in their latest released dubbed [Slingshot](/tag/slingshot]. Slingshot is a photo sharing app, but instead of just expiring photos, users send one photo to a contact, but the recipient cannot see the image until one gets sent in return.



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Facebook’s Snapchat competitor appears then disappears quickly, just like its messages

The rumors are true: Facebook has indeed been working on a Snapchat competitor called Slingshot, and true to its ephemeral nature, it showed up ever so briefly on the App Store today before it was taken down. Prior to that though, we managed to glean enough information from the app description to get a few hints as to how it works. Similar to Snapchat, you can send photos and videos to friends, and once they view them, those messages will disappear. You’re even able to add captions and scribblings on them just like Snapchat. But the key differentiator between Slingshot and other ephemeral messaging apps is that before your friends can see your missives, they must reciprocate and “sling” something back. After receiving your message, they can either tap to react to it or swipe it to remove it for good. %Gallery-slideshow199885%

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Facebook slips and launches Slingshot prematurely, their new app to take on Snapchat

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After reportedly failing to secure Snapchat for $3 billion, it appears Facebook will soon fire back with a competitor of their own: Slingshot. The app, which landed in the Apple App Store earlier today, seems to have launched prematurely, with Facebook promptly removing the app while they prepare a formal press release no doubt. Before it was removed we were able to get a sneak peek at what the app will be about when it does launch, offering a unique take on sending photos and videos to friends.

Like Snapchat, you’ll be able to share or broadcast images or videos to a group of friends, only in order for them to view your media, they’ll first have to send you something in return. After unlocking your photo/video, they then have the opportunity to “react” to said message using a handy button in the app. This is a great way to check in with friends and is a fresh way of saying, “Hey, what are you up to right now?”

The real question is whether or not Facebook is planning on bringing this to Android as their slip up this morning was only for the iOS version of the app. As we await a formal announcement, tell us: do you think Slingshot has a chance at competing with a giant like Snapchat?

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After Deal Falls Through, Facebook Readies Snapchat Competitor Codenamed Slingshot

After Deal Falls Through, Facebook Readies Snapchat Competitor Codenamed Slingshot

At the end of last year, the public was made aware of a deal-gone-south between Facebook and Snapchat, which had Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg offering a reported $3 billion for control of the company. As we all now know, that deal never transpired, leaving Facebook to work tirelessly on a rival application, codenamed Slingshot

According to sources of Financial Times, Slingshot is being overseen directly by Zuckerberg, who may still scrap the entire project before it ever sees the light of day. However, if Slingshot does go live, it could be launched “this month.”

The application, much like Snapchat, would allow users to send short videos to friends by only pressing a couple of buttons which can only be viewed once. It would be fast, sleek, extremely easy to use, and would be a standalone offering much like Facebook Messenger according to sources.

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Facebook’s Snapchat competitor ‘Slingshot’ might launch as early as this month

After a spurned attempt to acquire Snapchat for $3 billion last year, Facebook is gearing up to launch its own ephemeral messaging app, internally codenamed “Slingshot”. The app, which is said to have a “simple and speedy user interface” (not unlike Snapchat) is designed to take on Snapchat with short video and photo messages that disappear after one viewing. The app has reportedly been in the works for several months, and might launch as early as this month.



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XCOM: Enemy Unknown “Slingshot” DLC Now Available

 

Those who play XCOM: Enemy Unknown will be happy to hear that its Slingshot downloadable content is now available to play on the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC today. To celebrate the launch of this downloadable content  Firaxis, the games creator, has launched a new trailer (which you can watch below) to show fans of the game what they’ll be able to experience in the new downloadable content. Firaxis has also released a few high-res screenshots to view as well.

The Slingshot downloadable content is going to cost players $6.99 on the PlayStation Network, PC (or the Steam client), and 560 Microsoft Points on Xbox Live. This new downloadable content introduced three all new maps tired to Council missions, a new playable squad member with its own voice and storyline, and some other character customization options. The Slingshot downloadable content is definitely on the cheaper side of things compared to other games. If you have the game and play it on the PC, you can hit the source link below to be taken to the downloadable content.

On another note, players have been begging for a larger variety of maps. While the addition of three may not be enough, at least there’s something new and fresh to play!

Do you play XCOM: Enemy Unknown? Are you going to be picking up the downloadable content? Do you think that the addition of three new maps is enough, or should the variety be larger than that? Make sure to let us know in the comments below!

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Slingshot Action Going Social: Multiplayer freemium iOS game Temple Raid

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Developer: Cynthia Bandara  
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Independent developer Cynthia Bandara today announces the release and immediate availability of Temple Raid 1.0.1 for , iPad and iPod touch. “Peace between the tribes is fading as the Shamans ask for larger and ever more impressive temples to be built for the spirits. Raid gold from other players to level up and purchase better bricks and idols. Build amazing temple structures and store your own gold safely.” This is how the game offers itself on the App Store, and it is supposed to set the scene for a multiplayer experience in which architectural creativity, aiming skills, and perseverance are challenged.

Temple Raid is a casual physics multiplayer game that offers a new hybrid of turn-based and live gameplay. The center of the game, however, is a physics sandbox on a mountain top on which the player constructs a temple from various kinds of bricks that are unlocked with each level. In addition to regular bricks, pots can be placed, and these are necessary to hold nuggets of gold, each of which is simulated to a degree that gold can even be poured from one pot into another (see trailer).

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Rovio releases first Angry Birds Star Wars gameplay trailer

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Angry Birds Star Wars is inching ever-closer to its November 8 launch, and today they've shown a little bit more than their usual cutesy teasers. The first glimpses of Angry Birds Star Wars gameplay shows a cool secondary effect whereby the red bird Luke Skywalker can mow down structures by whirling a lightsaber about while along its collision course. Meanwhile the pink bird Princess Leia can call down laser fire as she makes her descent. AT-AT walkers on Hoth and Tusken raiders on Tatooine also make a short appearance. 

As played-out out as both Star Wars and Angry Birds merchandising may be, they're both highly-valuable brands, and it's not a huge surprise to see their creators milking either one for all they're worth. 

So, any Angry Birds players digging the new look? What about you, Star Wars fans? Does a Millenium Falcon with a slingshot on top compel you to check out the next Angry Birds? 

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Angry Birds Star Wars Teases Slingshot Equipped Millennium Falcon

We’ll be some of the first to admit that the Angry Birds series has lost its luster. There are too many variations of it, too many tie-ins to mainstream products, and too much in-your-faceness for our liking. Our feelings may have changed slightly when we saw the teaser for Angry Birds Star Wars, though. A part [...]

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Angry Birds Star Wars coming to Android November 8

Rovio seems to have the Midas touch when it comes to mobile games. They are at it again, and this time they are teaming up Lucasfilm for their next game. On November 8th, Rovio announced that it will release Angry Birds Star Wars to almost every mobile platform, including our beloved Android devices.

According to Rovio, this game will feature gameplay similar to Angry Birds and Angry Birds Space, but with a Star Wars theme. Rovio believes that this is the best Angry Birds game they have ever made. In a line that someone had to say, Peter Vesterbacka, CMO of Rovio said, “The force is definitely strong with this one.” Cheesy, but necessary.

“People seem to instinctively know what to do when handed a lightsaber or a bird in a slingshot, so this is a natural combination,” said Colum Slevin, Vice President and Head of Studio Operations for Lucasfilm. I did not know it was encoded in our DNA to shoot birds out of slingshots, but apparently that is the case.

Joking aside, this game is going to sell like crazy. It seems like everything Rovio makes is an instant success, and we expect this to be no exception. Of course, Rovio has also revealed that there will plenty of other merchandise to go along with the game, so if you are looking for a Luke Skywalker Angry Bird plush toy, they will be available soon enough.


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“Bad Piggies” Angry Birds sequel will be the MacGyver of mobile games

Rovio‘s latest creation and the sequel to Angry Birds will be called Bad Piggies. The game will focus on the viewpoint of the evil pigs that we all loathed in previous Angry Bird installments. However, it seems the infamous Angry Birds won’t be anywhere to be found. Instead, Bad Piggies will be all about building vehicles and trying to get them from point A to point B with the pigs on board. It’s a trial-and-error puzzle game that looks to be on par with Rovio’s Amazing Alex.

Slingshots are nowhere to be found in Big Piggies and it takes a completely different approach than what the Angry Birds series takes. The player creates land and air vehicles using all sorts of different parts, and you assemble them using a two-dimensional grid. You can create anything from regular cars to planes, and even assemble helicopters and rocket ships.

Bad Piggies looks to be a lot more feature-filled than the Angry Birds series. Instead of using a simple slingshot to knock down an arrangement of blocks, Bad Piggies gives you a plethora of different parts and machines to work with — the combinations look endless.

This type of game is nothing new, but Rovio seems to be adding their own twist to the genre and is hoping to get hours and hours of play time out of its fans. Check out the gameplay trailer below to see the game in action. Bad Piggies officially releases on September 27th and will be available on Android, iOS, Windows and Mac.

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It’s time to play the pigs, Rovio announces Bad Piggies coming September 27th

We saw a teaser over the weekend for Rovio’s latest creation and they just told us that their new game, “Bad Piggies”, will be available on September 27th on Android, iOS, Mac, Windows 8, and Windows Phone. As far as the premise or game play, we don’t have a lot of information, but we do know that the focal point is the “second-most-loved characters in the Angry Birds universe,” the pigs. We also know that you won’t find a slingshot anywhere in the game and it will be a “totally new and unique gameplay experience.”

Executive Vice President of games at Rovio, Petri Järvilehto, said:

“There’s so much more to these pigs than what is seen in the Angry Birds games, and Bad Piggies is the first glimpse into what’s going on in the imaginative and ingenious minds of the pigs.”

Well we still have 3 weeks to go so want to guess how many more teaser trailers we will see? I’m guessing two more teasers and one full trailer.

Full press release after the break:

ROVIO TO LAUNCH BAD PIGGIES ON SEPTEMBER 27!

Espoo, Finland- September 4, 2012 

Rovio Entertainment, the creators of Angry Birds, today announced their newest game, Bad Piggies, launching September 27 for iOS, Android and Mac. This innovative game turns the franchise on its head by letting the fans play as the pigs – with all new, never-before-seen gameplay – and not a slingshot in sight!

“There’s a lot of empathy towards the lovable enemies from the Angry Birds games, and we’ve been constantly asked: what about the pigs’ side of the story?” said Mikael Hed, CEO of Rovio. “Bad Piggies gives you the chance to play as the second-most-loved characters in the Angry Birds universe, and explore this rich world through their green eyes.”

The new game will launch on iOS, Android and Mac on September 27. Windows Phone, Windows 8 and PC versions will follow shortly.

“We’ve had a lot of fun creating a totally new and unique gameplay experience,” said Petri Järvilehto, EVP Games at Rovio. “There’s so much more to these pigs than what is seen in the Angry Birds games, and Bad Piggies is the first glimpse into what’s going on in the imaginative and ingenious minds of the pigs.”

To get in on the action and see all the gameplay news first, go towww.badpiggies.com, follow the pigs on Twitterhttp://twitter.com/badpiggies and like the pigs on Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/badpiggies. Stay tuned during the next few weeks, and see what the pigs are up to!


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Rovio announces Bad Piggies – swine-centric, slingshot-free action begins Sept. 27

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Following a recent teaser, Angry Birds creator Rovio has officially announced the next chapter in the popular game series — Bad Piggies. Featuring the infamous pigs from the Angry Birds games, the nature of Bad Piggies' gameplay remains a unknown, though the developer promises that there won't be a "slingshot in sight." Bad Piggies is due to launch on Sept. 27 on Android, iOS and Mac, with PC, Windows 8 and Windows Phone versions following shortly thereafter.

“There’s a lot of empathy towards the lovable enemies from the Angry Birds games, and we’ve been constantly asked: what about the pigs’ side of the story?” said Mikael Hed, CEO of Rovio. “Bad Piggies gives you the chance to play as the second-most-loved characters in the Angry Birds universe, and explore this rich world through their green eyes.”

Rovio's sure to launch more teaser videos to keep the hype buzzing over in the weeks ahead, so chances are we'll learn more about this swine-centric sequel before long. Let us know what you think in the comments — are you up for a fresh take on the avian-versus-boar dynamic? Or with so many existing spin-offs, have both pig and bird already jumped the shark?

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[New Game] New Orbit Has Gravity Slingshot Gameplay And Anime Storytelling

unnamedSpace-inspired physics games have been given a boost thanks to Angry Birds Space. If you’re looking for something with a little more drama and a little less pig, then New Orbit might be right down your gravity well. The 99¢ game from rookie developer Blackish combines Asteroids-style navigation, gravity-driven physics and an ambitious if not overly promising story. On that note, the full title is “NEW ORBIT: Episode 1,” so there’s probably more on the table. Luckily there are no menacing phantoms in sight.

  

The story is that a handful of spacefaring factions are fighting over resources after the demise of Earth, Douglass Adams-style.

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Review: Attack of the Roasted Chickens

Available On: Android

Price: Free

Download: Google Play

This game is absolutely insane. Ever wondered what walking roasted chickens would look like? You’ll find out in Menue Games’ new game, Attack of the Roasted Chickens. I opened up the game not knowing what to really expect. Minutes later I came to find out I was using a slingshot to shoot rocks at Roasted Chickens who were literally trying to break down my picketed fence barrier and try and kill me. I’ve never seen a game of this sorts, it is very, very unique. There’s also not a whole lot to the game. It’s your basic arcade styled shooter.

Attack of the Roasted Chickens does a great job of getting you into the game and freaking out because the charred roasted chickens are about to break down your picketed fence and murder you. The goal of the game or each level, is to kill every last roasted chicken with your slingshot full of what seems to be either rocks or pebbles. I’m not entirely sure as to what it was. After killing all the roasted chickens you just go onto the next level and fight more difficult roasted chickens.

This is another game that lacks a lot of substance. Killing these chickens to try and get a high score was quite exhilarating because of how fast they were moving and how fast they were about to tear down your barrier and kill you. After the level ended though, it felt really boring. I continued onto the next levels in hopes it’d get a lot better though. It didn’t.

The game is powered by Unity, which was cool to see. At least the graphics were decent. I wasn’t expecting a whole lot graphics wise, but it was actually pretty nice. Don’t expect realism or anything, because it definitely does not have that. It’s more of a cartoonish game that maybe a child would be interested in. I really don’t think any adult would enjoy shooting roasted chickens actively just to receive a high score. Then again, I could be totally and completely wrong on that point.

One cool option in Attack of the Roasted Chickens is the ability to buy power ups, extra life and some items that did some extra damage on the roasted chickens. One thing that they do, is it is definitely not easy to figure out how to use those power ups or extra damage items. I eventually gave up trying to figure it out because even going through the opening tutorial again didn’t even tell you.

One thing that I absolutely hate about this game, is how filled with ads it is. Everywhere you go in the game, there is at least one or two ads. When I paused the game I was instantly greeted with an add to download another app from a company I’ve never even heard of. The first time I went back to the home screen to look at items I could buy with my coins (no, you can’t buy them in the game) I was also greeted with a full screen ad which annoyed me quite a bit. I understand developers need to make money, but putting this many ads in a game is ridiculous. I want to play the game they created, if I wanted to look at ads all over my screen I could easily take off my AdBlocker on Firefox.

The amount of fun in this game is zilch. I would not even waste my time going onto Google Play and trying it out if I were you. The data I used to download it wasn’t even worth it. It’s a terrible game.

 

GRAPHICS:

The graphics aren’t that bad really. It’s powered by Unity and has a painterly cartoon theme to it. I liked it for the style of game it was. It was definitely not something I would want to see in all my games though. It’s also something that felt like it was for a tablet and not a smartphone. It all worked the same, but everything felt very compacted together and blurred. Either the graphics need a bit more work to fix that blurry issue or they haven’t optimized it for smartphones yet.

SOUND:

The sound quality was terrible. I literally felt like I had to turn the music off to play this game. It really didn’t even fit the theme of the game they were going for. It sounded more of like a horror themed music. Obviously, seeing roasted chickens can be terrifying, but it did not fit the setting whatsoever. I hope they were not trying to make this game horror themed.

GAMEPLAY:

The gameplay…I was bored. All I was doing was firing the slingshot while the rock did it’s thing. Getting a high score in that game is difficult because it’s really hard to aim with the slingshot. I’m not really even sure what to say about the game. Honestly, it was worse than Lightopus, a game that also wasn’t very fun.

REPLAY VALUE:

This game has no replay value, not even a fun factor. I hated playing every level, it was just completely boring and wasn’t enjoyable at all. It’s missing a lot. If you want my honest opinion, I felt like either they are very new developers or the amount of time and effort put into this game was at least a month.

Overall:

I really hate to bash this game, I really do. It’s just not fun, there’s no point in going back into the game to kill more roasted chickens. The roasted chickens idea was a comedic idea, but poorly executed. I would of loved for this game to do a lot better than it did. Unfortunately, it was terrible and needs a lot more improvement before it released.

SCORE: 2/10

I hope they’re able to improve upon it and hopefully next time, Menue Games will have released a better game that has some substance and has some potential.

 

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Angry Birds Space claims the title of fastest growing mobile game

We all can hum the theme music by memory. We all have recently rediscovered our ancient, dormant skill of the slingshot and now have cravings for green ham and bacon. No, I’m not talking about Dr. Suess, but about one of the most recognized mobile games all over the world. Angry Birds by Rovio has captured the hearts of casual and hardcore gamers everywhere with their physics-based gameplay and over 300 levels of puzzle solving fun.

Rovio’s latest installment to the AB series, Angry Birds Space, was received with such excitement that the game is now being recognized as the fastest growing mobile game yet, scoring 50 million downloads within just 35 days. This is a huge deal for the developing team and will no doubt use this momentum to continue delivering quality updates and additional levels. My only question is when are they going to add multiplayer versus mode with online chat? That would be so cool!

source: rovio


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The Slingshot Is A Mobile Phone Stabilizer, Tripod, And Universal Camera Mount, Made Of Pure Engineering Magic

2012-04-07 18h06_27Ever since we started calling camera phones “phones,” we’ve been trying as hard as we can to replace as much of our prohibitively expensive camera equipment as we can. Our phones’ sensors have been beefed up to “actually pretty good” quality, we’ve seen several different attachable lenses. Now, thanks to Kickstarter, we’ve also found the last camera mounting accessory we’ll ever need: the Slingshot, which functions as handheld stabilizer, mini tripod, and professional tripod mount.

As with all Kickstarter products, this little device isn’t for sale yet, but if anything deserves a shot at being a proper product, it’s this little guy. The bulk of the magic happens in the cradle which, according to Charles Waugh, designer of the product, is flexible enough to hold phones of any size. He even says it’s sturdy enough to hold the gargantuan Galaxy Note. Unfortunately, we don’t get to see this feat, instead only seeing the product gripping an iPhone 4 and an HTC Incredible inside a case, but it holds on to both with an impressive grip, even upside down.

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The rest of the Slingshot, namely the handle, is a multipurpose tool. When you’re taking mobile video with your mobile phone, the handle gives you control of the device with a single hand, leaving the other hand free to manipulate controls, or to simply reduce camera shake. If you just want to take a steady, up-close video, two small legs pop out of the handle and create a makeshift tiny tripod. The design is one of those ideas that’s so clever, we’re left to wonder why no one thought of it sooner.

Of course, a handle with a ball joint or a tiny plastic tripod is no replacement for your expensive professional tripod with all the bubble levels and gyroscopic doodads that keep everything level. The cradle, however, can be detached from the handle and screwed directly on to any tripod with a standard 1/4-20 mount (read: just about all of them), so you can have the best of both worlds if you’d like.

So far, the project is 43 days and about $15,000 away from reaching its goal. Donations that net you a free Slingshot if the project succeeds start at $14, which is not too shabby for a product like this. Check out the source link if you want in on this action. In the meantime, I’ll be pawning off all this useless and expensive video and camera equipment I bought over the last five years because I’m a chump.

Source: Kickstarter

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Visualized: Space Needle slingshot readies 35-foot Angry Bird for launch

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If it doesn’t make it, we can just hit restart, yeah?

[Photo credit: Rod Mar]

Visualized: Space Needle slingshot readies 35-foot Angry Bird for launch originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 23 Mar 2012 10:11:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Official Angry Birds Space Trailer is Now Out

The time is almost upon us gamers. Angry Birds Space drops this week. Are you guys ready for it? You ready to get addicted to those little birds again? We are just two days away from the release of the game and Rovio Mobile dropped the official Angry Birds Space trailer today on their YouTube channel.

The trailer is definitely in true Angry Birds fashion. The birds are enjoying their lives being not so angry, when a worm hole opens up in the sky. They then slingshot themselves into the worm hole and take on new “galactic” uniforms and are ready to take on those green pigs in space combat. Enjoy the trailer below.

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Angry Birds hang with NASA astronaut for a Space physics lesson

If you haven’t heard the first true sequel to Rovio’s smash hit Angry Birds is coming later this month, you must have been hiding inside a exogorth. To explain the physics behind the new Angry Birds Space, Rovio employed the assistance of someone who ought to know: NASA astronaut Don Pettit, currently living on the International Space Station. With the help of an Angry Birds keychain, a green balloon, a bungie cord and no gravity, he explains some of the features we’re likely to see in Angry Birds Space when it launches on March 22nd.

Most people don’t need a practical example of how the Angry Birds slingshot mechanic works, or how a lack of planetary gravity would affect its trajectory – or more accurately, how it wouldn’t affect the trajectory. But there’s an interesting demonstration of how other bodies will affect the flight of an aggravated avian after it’s launched. Apparently in the new game players will have to contend with gravitational fields from other nearby bodies in order to strike at the pigs. We can also hope for some rocket thrusters or jetpacks, which as every Star Wars geek knows, make everything better.

Check out the video below:

The latest video does seem to suggest that Rovio is very committed to educating players while they bust pigs, as does their partnership with National Geographic. We finally get to check out the actual gameplay at the end of the video, and indeed, gravity fields (along with ice birds and rockets) play a big part in the space-based action. Angry Birds Space hits the Google Play Store on March 22nd, and no, you don’t need a Samsung Galaxy Note for the free download.

[via SlashGear]


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Bring Angry Birds to Life with a USB Slingshot controller

Tired of using your fingers to launch those birds of anger at those fat green piggies? Of course you are. That is soooooo two years ago. Well that is just what Simon Ford, director of tools for mbed parent company ARM, thought when he created a USB Slinghot controller to bring Angry Birds to life.

This controller uses an accelerometer to measure the tilt of the controller, as well as a rubber stretch sensor to measure the pullback you give the slingshot. Then it maps those movements to the appropriate mouse controls to give precise aim. There is also a USB connector and an mbed NXP LPC11U24 Microcontroller, that is all fitted into an actual sling shot apparently. Eat your heart out Bart Simpson.

So just in time for Angry Birds Space to come out I guess. Maybe this controller will give people the incentive to have Angry Birds parties like three years ago when people would have Rock Band and Guitar Hero parties. Oh how I miss the days of excessive drinking and pretending to be a rockstar. Check out the video below to see it in action.

Source: The Verge

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