Epic Ninja

It’s been a while since my last post, but I decided to come back with a review of a game that I really like.

I played Epic Ninja and I found that it is pretty addictive. It is not really as challenging as older platformers, but it is nice to know that there are still developers building this kind of games for the enthusiasts.

The story is that this ninja was sent in time by some mages into a “prison laboratory complex” and his goal is to escape. There are a total of 90 levels divided in 3 worlds, there are boss battles, teleportation bubbles, lasers and, of course, 8 bit graphics and soundtrack to set the mood.

The interface is rather simple, with 2 buttons on the left side for direction and a jump button on the right. A good thing is that they are customisable. Obviously, a ninja would be nothing without his weapons, and this one shoots shurikens when you tap on the screen. In the beginning there is no such thing as a double jump, however you can jump multiple times between the walls.

I found some glitches that razor blades kill you even though you don’t touch them. In the same level you can shoot a shuriken through a wall to hit a fuel container, but otherwise the game play is smooth.

Overall, Epic Ninja provides a great experience as a casual game. The levels are small and can be completed in a few minutes, which makes the game even better when standing in line or when travelling. In terms of price, the game is free. It has some pop-up ads between the levels, which is fine because they don’t take space on the screen and you can’t tap them by mistake.

PlayStore Link

I couldn’t find it in the App Store.

Micromax Yureka with CM11 and 64 bit CPU

Soon after Cyanogen announced that they stopped updating the OnePlus One in India, Micromax revealed their new phone, the Yureka.

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This device stands at the borderline between mid-range and high-end android terminals. It sports a 5.5″ 1280×720 IPS display, 2GB of RAM, the brand new Snapdragon 615 SoC(1.5 GHz Octa core CPU and Adreno 405) and runs CyanogenMod 11. It should receive an update to CM12 in the following months to fully take advantage of the optimisation the OS brings to 64 bit CPUs. The camera configuration on this device doesn’t look bad, either. The main camera is a Sony IMX135 13MP sensor capable of autofocus, and the front facing one should snap amazing selfies, at 5MP.
In terms of connectivity, the device supports dual SIM and 4G/LTE. Its storage capacity is 32 GB which can pe be expanded with a MicroSD card.

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This may come as a surprise, but the phone is priced at 8,999 RP, the equivalent of $140. It is an Amazon exclusive offer, however.
Personally, I am impressed with the specification and the price. The design seems to me a little conservative, however this is after all a matter of personal preference. I look forward to seeing this phone perform in real life.

Samsung vs Apple: 2014 Sales

It isn’t long since iPhone 6/6Plus and the Note 4 came out and there are already statistics regarding their sales. The data doesn’t look promising for the South Koreans as Apple is rumoured to be outselling them by at least 5 times, according to IBK Securities analyst Lee Seung-Woo. He gave this estimate to The Wall Street Jurnal last month, adding that the comparisson focuses on Samsung’s S5 and Note 4 and Apple’s iPhone6/6Plus.
It is expected that the demand for tablets and smartphones will raise in December and, as a results, Samsung will be forced to reduce the price at least on their mid-range devices.
Apple, on the other hand, is expected to sell 80 million terminals before the end of 2014 which makes the 4.5 million Note 4 units sold by Samsung seem like nothing.

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But how successful is the larger iPhone? Despite the high demand, the smaller iPhone 6 outsells it. Nevertheless, a new report by CIRP (Consumer Intelligence Research Partners) reveals that consumers are more excited about the iPhone 6 and 6Plus than they were last year about the iPhone 5s and 5c. This demonstrates that a higher screen was a step forward for Apple.

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Now, we all know that 10 million iPhones were sold in their first weekend. What is less known is that Samsung sold around 11 million S5 units… in their first month! But wait, there’s more: 40% of all Samsung devices are gathering dust in the warehouses. Forbes went as far as to describe the South Korean giant’s smartphones as “Unsold, Unwanted, Unloved”. With Xiaomi gaining more market share in China at the expense of Samsung, it is perfectly clear that something must be done. Now that companies like HTC, Sony, LG and Motorola have the same SoC, Samsung can no longer be defended by raw performance, benchmark scores and spec sheets. They took too long to replace the plastic with alluminum and this may have costed them a fair amount of customers who chose other designs.