TOP 5 Free Sites to Download Full Version Casual Games

According to VentureBeat mobile games are conquering the world. Hardly a surprise, huh? Nevertheless, PC casual gaming still exists and people all over the world still want to play casual games full version and free. Let’s put aside those sites asking you to sign up to get a game; showering ads on you; mentioning “free full download” to get you on the hook and download a trial version; and offering cracked games with potentially harmful viruses inside. Here is a list of nice websites that gives a wide berth to those actions.

Freegamepick.com

This casual gaming website lets you download about 400 free PC games with no time limits or trial versions, as well as play online games and mobile ones (yet selection is not that big with only 8 mobile games available). Games on freegamepick.com are allocated in such categories as time management, action, cards, hidden object, match 3, games for girls, shooting, and more. The portal make money generally on advertising, but it’s not annoying at all. The installation process is quite simple, just make sure to skip the offer to install additional software called “PlayFree browser” and that’s it. Game downloads are free of harmful viruses, adware, and spyware (scanned by Virustotal). Eventually, you won’t be interrupted by in-games ads. Each game page contains instructions how to install and uninstall the game for users’ convenience.

Myplaycity.com

MyPlayCity.com offers over 1000 free downloadable on PC and online games available in full version with no time limits. What’s more, this portal has a mobile version, so you can access myplaycity.com through a mobile device. Apart from this, exhaustive game reviews are being posted here permanently. Ads on the portal are a bit obtrusive, but still you can cope with it. The installation process is rather fast, just make sure to uncheck the boxes on the 1st step if you don’t want myplaycity.com become your default browser homepage or useless add-ons being added to your browser. Game downloads are free of harmful viruses, adware, and spyware (scanned by Virustotal).

Toomkygames.com

ToomkyGames exhilarates you with an enjoyable selection of about 400 eye-pleasing casual and flash games that are free to download on PC and play online. All the games are available in full version and have no time limits whatsoever. There are 19 categories to help you choose what game to play. What’s more, the catalogue is being constantly updated with free casual games. In addition, this portal has a mobile version, so you can access toomkygames.com through a mobile device and check out several popular mobile games. ToomkyGames generally makes money on advertising, thus ads on the portal are not abusive at all. The installation process consists of 2 parts: firstly, you’re optionally offered additional software which you can decline easily by pressing the appropriate button; after that, the game files are installed. It’s a bit longer than on the other websites, but games are definitely worth it. Game downloads are free of major harmful viruses and adware (scanned by Virustotal ). Eventually, you won’t be interrupted by in-games ads, too. Everything on the portal is made for user convenience.

Gametop.com

GameTop allows you to easily download full version PC games, as well as play games for Android, iOS, and Mac. All the content on this portal is free and contains no viruses, in-game ads, malware, and toolbars at all (scanned by Virustotal). Main categories are action, puzzle, racing, shooter, hidden objects, simulation, match 3, and arcade. You can also find a nice pick of online flash game in those categories. Gametop.com has the fastest installation process among all the sites in this review: no additional offers and clean installer. The portal make money generally on advertising, but it’s not annoying at all.

Myrealgames.com

This website is mainly focused on flash games, which are in the majority here. You can play them online and download on your PC for free as well. But still, there are over 200 free casual downloadable games along with about 70 mobile games. Games are presented full version with no ads inside. The advertising on the site itself is quite smooth. The catalogue is constantly being updated with fresh games and contains the heap of genres like action, kids games, bubble shooter, dress up, platform games, etc. The installation process is the same as on Gametop – fast and easy. Game downloads are virus free, with no adware or spyware at all (scanned by Virus Total).

Take Away From Google I/O 2013 – All Androids Are Equal!

Introduction

Time was when Google developer conferences buzzed around Google Maps, Web tool kit and so on. But from the last conference onwards the limelight was on Android, and Chrome in that order. Perhaps the humongous opportunity resting in smartphones has sunk deep into Google. A fact acknowledged by Larry Page himself when he quipped that he would like to run the company via his smartphone.

Google has sought to integrate its other products with Android and update them in Android without having to update Android to match them in compatibility.

Updates

As mentioned in the previous paragraph, Android aficionados do see a silver lining out of the limited Android updates. Blogs are rife with how features introduced from this edition onwards don’t necessarily need an update in the OS. It provides fodder for agreement as the basic premise for changing an OS’ version is to enable it to play all the applications, be it ancient or futuristic. The various versions and configurations (of individual mobile hardware companies like Samsung, HTC, Sony etc) of Android were creating considerable firewalls to updating even the proprietary Google apps; apps that provide the quintessential Android experience. Google via its feature update, effectively tackles the problem of fragmentation as Google+, Gmail, Google Maps, Google Play, apps that are present in Android from versions Froyo onwards a well as Google Music All Access that are to be introduced now can all reside in versions Froyo onwards without need of an update. It seems the issue of fragmentation has been hopefully nailed.

Android Studio: this update does have the name android stamped on it! Meaning, it is Android specific. News is that Google plans to introduce Android Studio to replace the existing Eclipse developer environment for Android apps. Google collaborated with JetBrains to create the Android Studio. Of course this development has some loose ends to tie up, yet Google feels this IDE when launched would help Android developers increase their productivity. Here’s how it could help:

  • It combines capabilities of Maven and Ant to build flexible and variedly flavored solutions.
  • Excellent code editing capabilities including finding inline resources and Android specific customizations. It is boosted by advanced editor UI that enables drag-drop of widgets, simulate output view in different hardware configurations and even preview while editing in XML.
  • Provides deep analytical capability to identify all sorts of bugs
  • Provides wizards based on preset templates and also access to other Google services.
  • Provides for easy migration of projects from Eclipse (as export) or import into Studio (of existing Eclipse IDE projects).

Google has, like Android OS, made Android Studio free and open source which could be the sweetener.

Google Play: Android developers can use the Google Play services to procure the desired APIs to construct maps, games or social media (read Google+) on Android devices (mobiles or tablets).

Gaming: entertainment is moving to handheld devices by droves putting a premium on providing the same user experience as in computer/gaming console. Google has stepped up the user experience by introducing the following features:

  • Leaderboards: a maximum of 100 leaderboards, both public and social, is provided to enable developers engage users by letting them compare scores with other players. Leaderboards are created automatically for daily, weekly, monthly or customized versions.
  • Rewards system: developers can reward users for engaging in the game by providing standard or incremental achievements that can be viewed in a user interface. The can use the developer consoles to control the achievements.
  • Google provides the Cloud Saving APIs to save game status and settings on cloud.
  • Developers can allow users to invite other players to the game or play with random users with the maximum limit pegged at 4.

Google facilitates the development of location aware apps by providing the following APIs:

Geofencing APIs: this API is used to define geographical boundaries. It also provides the following options:

  • to create alert filters for customers exiting a particular area
  • alter updates of location in response to locomotion habit(like walking, riding or driving)of the customer (see Activity recognition API)
  • add or delete geographical boundaries

Fused location provider: this API uses underlying schema to provide the apt results to your query on locations, even complex level queries. It is quick, versatile and utilizes lesser battery power.

Activity recognition provider: this API uses power sensors to detect the customer’s current activity, for example, driving, walking, riding idling etc. This is used in tandem with the Geofencing API to provide the apt updates to the customer.

Single Sign-on via Google+: accounting for the fact that users change mobile devices often and that these devices may run different OS, Google provides the API to sign in via Google+ in any device. This obliterates the need to make services like Google Wallet, Games, Plus device specific. There are libraries for these services that respond to the auto sign request using their method.

Google Cloud Messaging: Google has made it possible to register apps using its Single Method. It also provides for messaging to 3rd party servers via its bi-directional messaging (XMPP) using Cloud Connection Server. Users can synchronize notifications across devices using Google’s APIs for user notification.

Google Play Developer Console: Google has been supporting its huge Android developer community and this year’s conference added the fillip to it.

App Translation Service: The localization support team from Google enables you to avail translation services for a nominal fee and post the strings to be translated in the language of your choice. If required it prompts the apt localization sting in the app graphics, APK or the About the product sections. This eventually helps developers reach out to a wider audience.

Analytics and Monetization: Keep a track on the performance of an app just become easier. Google Play and Google Analytics provide complementing services like app views and downloads and engagement metrics.

Google has introduced the order status API to let developers view the order status of an in-app from their servers. It has also decided not to charge test accounts for in-app test purchases.

Alpha and Beta testing and Staged Rollouts: Google has added the alpha-beta testing to let developers split their apps into two versions, alpha and beta, and get them tested by different user groups. If needed, testers for Google+ can also be added to test these versions.

Developers can henceforth roll-out updates only, to their apps to a batch of users to gauge their feedback. Developers can set the percentage of users who would be using the update.

Verdict

Perhaps for those expecting Android only chants at the Google I/O 2013, it might be a dampener. But for those familiar with the maverick that Google is will vouch the shrewd way it’s gone about indulging Android community. Updates to Google Play, its services, launch of the Android Studio, cloud messaging and ability to sign into Google services sans OS or hardware requirements are significant game changers. In short, it is about updating features sans the need to update OS.

Google’s I/O 2013 was an Android winner, in a hush hush way!

*Androider= a fan of Android who swears by it anytime, anywhere!

The Importance of Using Visual Concepts in The Production of Video Games

Responsibilities of an artwork studio and its impact on the production of a game.

Within the whole structure of a game development studio, building a good team and effective planning is critical to any project.

Pre-production is a crucial time when game design decisions will reflect the bottom line.

A fundamental part of this planning is the choice of the graphic characteristics of the project, where the function of a video game studio goes beyond the design of efficient mechanics and opens space for the creation of a visual identity that should reflect the objectives of the project at first sight.

Regardless of the platform where the project will be launched, the visual identity represents the player’s entrance to the world that is presented to him, it is by this element that the player identifies with the atmosphere, becomes familiar with the setting and the plot and is The main immersion tool the game can offer.

All this process of visual creation is in the hands of artwork studio and its professionals dedicated to artistic visual creation, responsible for video game art. The main function of the designer is the creation of interface mediated communication within the game, as in any work that uses design concepts, the function of artwork studio is to transmit information visually and interactively to the player.

Development of New Rendering Technologies

Over the years, the technology surrounding the gaming world has been growing ever faster, with new possibilities for more convincing and interactive visual simulation. The development of new engines, new production tools and the application of art concepts in productions, brings the gaming industry closer and closer to giants such as the film industry for example, in terms of investments, profits and media notoriety.

The responsibility of an artwork studio in defining the visual identity of the project is immense, defining color palettes, styles and compositions within design concepts directly influence the player’s experience.

It is the visual communication that tells the player whether an element of the scenario can be explosive, or whether a character is ally, neutral or villain, plus many self-explanatory information that saves time leaves the experience more fluid.

Independent Video Game Studio

Acting against the way of the big producers, the small independent game development studios, take the visual appeal in the background and focus on the gameplay and the constant experience of satisfaction to the player.

Using retro styles, taking advantage of already established mechanics, games of categories like 2d beat ups and side scrolling games are increasingly common, especially on the mobile platforms, Android itself has become the main way to produce and publish games independently.

In the early days of the gaming industry, games were made exclusively by programmers who understood absolutely nothing of design or visual arts, which left these games with a raw look and with little, if any, environmental interaction with the player.

Today, even these new retro-style games bring visual elements that set the player in the game and ensure a more complete and immersive experience.