Epic Little War Game Review -Strategy Game

Epic Little War Game Review -Strategy Game

Epic Little War Game is a turn-based strategy game where you command troops and tanks in a diverse set of unique environments, either alone in the action-packed single-player mode or online with your friends. Made by Rubicon Development, these guys are known for their great turn-based games in…

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Asphalt Street Storm Racing Review

Asphalt Street Storm Racing Review

Asphalt Street Storm Racing is a free to play racing game that lets you race through large cities against AI or online players. Developed and published by Gameloft. Asphalt Street Storm Racing game is one of many in the Asphalt series. Is this a worthy entry in the series? Is it worth your time? Should you stick to a different game in the series, or switch to a racing game from a different developer entirely? Let’s find out.

Asphalt Street Storm Racing Game Play

Asphalt Street Storm Racing Gameplay

Here you start off in New York. You received an invitation to the Street Storm Competition. Luckily, you’ve made it! It’s time to show other racers who’s the boss of this city. The game doesn’t actually work as you might expect. You don’t really get to control the car, which is unfortunate.

At the start of each race you tap the button on the right side to start the engine. Make sure you keep the needle in the green area of the speedometer. When the countdown reaches zero you tap the left button to launch the car. You can also launch the car early, but you have to time it right so as to not cross the line before the race starts.

As you race through the streets of New York you tap the white arrows to change gears.  Your main goal while racing, apart from winning, is to keep that needle in the green area by changing gears at the right time.

That’s pretty much all there is to it. It gets boring really fast as you don’t get to steer the car at all. Even the races are boring to watch. They’re just cars moving forward to the finish line. No turns, no corners, no drifting, nothing. It would’ve been much better if you had corners that you had to time right and more features to keep you engaged in the race. The game tries to be simple, but the idea is poorly executed and is sadly, wasted potential.

After a few races you realize that there’s nothing interesting to see. Except for the N2O Bottles that you buy and tap on to get a good boost. This will hopefully help you get past your opponent or help you keep the lead even if you make a mistake.

Graphics

Asphalt Street Storm Racing Graphics

The graphics aren’t that good either. Buildings and trees look decent, but something feels wrong. A huge impact on the graphics might be that there are barely any shadows, if at all.  The cars in the menu look okay, but when racing everything just looks worse. It doesn’t seem to look as good as the screenshots show. Other Asphalt games look much better than this. What went wrong when the developers worked on the graphics is beyond me. Maybe they were a bit lazy and didn’t bother trying to optimize and bring great graphics to most Android devices.

AI & Online

Subscribers are what you earn at the end of each race. You use them to unlock other cities, which is totally okay. There are AI opponents that you can race against in each city. The AI is pretty easy and most of the time easy to beat. These AI races are sort of a campaign mode and the easiest way to earn Subscribers. You are restricted to the first city online as well until you unlock the others.

That’s fine but I fear the gameplay just doesn’t hold up long enough to even bother trying to unlock all the cities. What’s really annoying about this game is that connection problems with the server can happen even when playing against an AI. That is ridiculous.

You also have a 4-player racing mode but I haven’t had luck getting in a race with 4 players at all, which may show the game’s low player base. A neat idea in the game though is that you can place your bet whenever you race someone. Apart from that, each race feels pretty much the same. The player that manages to launch his car earlier usually wins the race. The boosts and car stats also end up determining who wins the race in the end.

Cars

To buy a car, you need Diamonds. Each car can be upgraded using Cash. Every time you want to upgrade you will have to wait real life minutes or hours for the upgrade to finish. You can speed it up by watching a 30-second ad or finish upgrading instantly using Diamonds. There are a ton of things that you can upgrade, from specific engine parts to the exhaust system, to the tires – you really have a lot of things to upgrade.

This is great, but unfortunately the gameplay just doesn’t hold up to this standard. The gameplay is barebones compared to the amount of things available for upgrading. There’s a decent selection of cars that you can buy.

However, you’re most likely going to stop playing the game before you manage to buy a mid or high tier car. Personally I don’t play a lot of racing games but the gameplay here is so shallow that I doubt even racing fans could enjoy it at all.

Asphalt Street Storm Racing Conclusion

Positive

  • Lots of parts that you can upgrade.
  • Decent selection of cars.

Negative

  • Boring, repetitive gameplay.
  • Little variety.
  • Graphics don’t really look that good.
  • Each race is practically the same, with no corners or obstacles to deal with.
  • Connection problems, even when playing with AI.

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ExpressVPN Review-VPN proxy app

ExpressVPN Review-VPN proxy app

ExpressVPN is a VPN proxy app that lets you change locations as much as you want. It hides your connection so no one can follow what you are doing online. It promises high speed, ultra security and full anonymity. Developed by the company of the same name, let’s take a look at why they are regarded as the “#1 Trusted Leader in VPN”.

ExpressVPN Features

As you launch the app you are quickly introduced to what the app offers. With ExpressVPN, everything you do online is encrypted, which prevents any third party from tracking what you are doing. You can choose from 130+ VPN locations and you can browse any website smoothly. This app does not log any of your activity so you don’t have to worry about anything. You can choose to log in if you have already bought ExpressVPN on your computer, or you can start a free trial that lasts 7 days.

ExpressVPN Guide

To start a free trial you will have to enter your email address. After it has finished activating you can configure your VPN. The app promises that it will not monitor your network traffic. You can however share anonymized analytics about your VPN connections. This helps the developers make the app as good as it can be. It’s completely optional though, you don’t have to allow this.

After you have done that, you can see the main screen of the app. Here you can see a button which you can tap on to secure your connection and turn on the VPN. Below it you can see the location you are going to use, which the app refers to as a “Smart Location”.Next to it is a button that allows you to choose the location you’d like.

Tap on the button to get a list of recommended locations, as well as all available ones. You can tap on the star next to each country on the right side of the screen to add them to your favorites.

Settings

On the top left corner of the main screen is a 3-line menu icon. Tap on it to see the settings, your account, frequently asked questions and the ability to set up the app on other devices. You can also send an email to the developers if you have any questions that haven’t been answered. Customer support works 24/7 and the average response time is only a few hours. That’s great and really shows that the developers care about their users.

In the Settings menu you can take a look at VPN Settings, diagnostic data, the app’s current version as well as the terms & conditions. You can change the VPN protocol to Automatic, UDP or TCP. Automatic is the recommended option but you can try out UDP and TCP as well. UDP gives you the best mix of speed and security, while TCP is more of a backup plan if UDP for some reasons does not work.

I recommend leaving it to Automatic as then the app will automatically select the best protocol for your location and network. If you are having connection problems or if your connection is really slow, then feel free to try out the protocols yourself.

VPN Location

ExpressVPN Location

When it comes to VPN location, it’s best to use the recommended Smart Location for the best experience. If however that doesn’t work well for you, try other VPN locations and hope for the best. It’s best to choose the VPN location that is closest to you. You can also adjust the app so that it reconnects to the last connected location on startup as well. It’s off by default but it’s not a bad idea to turn it on.

Diagnostic Data

Diagnostic Data is the anonymous information that you share to ExpressVPN. This anonymous information includes things such as VPN connection success rates. You can switch that on if you want to help the developers improve the app.

Plans & Pricing

ExpressVPN Price plan

As I mentioned earlier, this free trial lasts 7 days, which should be enough time for you to use it and decide whether you’d like to buy it. If you do choose to buy it, head over to “My Account” in the menu and tap on the green button labeled as “Plans and Pricing”. There are 3 plans that you can choose from. The 1st one requires you to pay $8.32/month every 12 months. This is the plan that most users buy as you save $55.45 in the long run. The 2nd one costs $9.99/month for 6 months and the 3rd one is $12.95/month for 1 month. What’s great about any of these plans is that there is a 30 day money back guarantee. It’s great that you can get your money back if you happen to change your mind or find that it’s not working out as it used to.

Each of these plans includes unlimited bandwidth, unblocked websites, dedicated support and apps for all other platforms at no extra cost. This means that if you buy it for Android you can still continue to use it on Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Apple TV, Kindle Fire and even on PlayStation and Xbox consoles without any additional fees.

Conclusion

Positive

  • Clean user interface.
  • Simple to use.
  • Lots of locations to choose from.
  • You buy it once on any platform and are allowed to use it on a lot of other platforms at no additional cost.

Negative

  • N/A

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