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Brown Dust’s latest update offers players a bounty of new content

Posted by Luke Frater on November 6th, 2019
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

It's a fantasic time to be a Brown Dust player right now. After a busy October which included the addition of two new Mercenaries and a crossover event with the popular manga That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime, Neowiz (the developer behind the game)has just introduced another massive update - the biggest so far.

The biggest of these changes without doubt is the introduction of the ‘Jump-start Quest’, which replaces ‘Run Seir Run’. The premise is simple: over the course of one week, new missions will unlock daily for you to complete. Clear the missions to reap Brown Dust’s most generous rewards to date.

Enjoy old favourite Sierra 7 available now on mobile

Posted by Stephen Gregson on October 31st, 2019
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: TACTLESS TACTICS :: Read Review »

Sierra 7 is a game with a pretty storied history. Not only was it was the winner of the Big Indie Pitch at a Pocket Gamer Connects Seattle 2019, but it also started life as an extremely popular Flash game that's been played over 40 million times. You can jump in now on iOS and Android.

Sierra 7 itself is a tactical on-rails shooter with a distinctive minimalist look that would make it easy to spot in a games line up. It promises to deliver both arcade and realistic action and I was keen to see how it combines those two things. The on-rails aspect of the game was chosen because it meant that it would allow mobile players to focus on aiming and shooting rather than having too many on-screen controls to contend with.

Sponsored Feature: Ensight Media on waking up with Radio Alarm Clock

Posted by Simon Reed on October 24th, 2012
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

It's likely you use a set tone or a panicky spouse to help you rouse from your slumber, mind, rather than a sound you actually want to hear.

EnSight Media's latest app Radio Alarm Clock helps to make waking up as enjoyable or bearable as possible, though, offering several radio stations and tones to choose from.

Manchul Ko, CMO of Ensight Media, spoke to us about how his company's app stands out in a crowded market, how easy it is to use, and why it shows how the sound of smooth jazz is popular (almost) worldwide.

Accessibility is essential in an app like Radio Alarm Clock, but fortunately it's as simple to use as you might hope.
"You can listen to just the radio function if you like, but if you want to use the app's other features, just tap on the alarm feature and Sleep timer," Ko says.

"Simply touch 'CH+' and choose your favourite channel - you can either select the channel by country, pick from SHOUTcast channels, or search for channels directly and save them as Favourites." According to Ko, not only is Radio Alarm Clock easy to use, but it's also one of the more enjoyable alarm clock apps you can download. "For heavy sleepers, it's great that they can wake up with a smile using our app. I mean, the iPhone's default alarm sounds are not friendly, at all," he explains.

"For light sleepers, it's good that our sleep timer feature will put them to sleep easily by their listening to nature sounds or radio stations or MP3s." What really helps separate Radio Alarm Clock from the many similar apps out there on the App Store, though, is its presentation - its design charmingly harks back to the early 20th century.

"Users of the app are touched by its unique retro UI & UX design, since nowadays everyone is really focused on a purely digitalized world," Ko explains.

"One example of this retro design is visible when the app streams the radio channel, for the app displays a 'Channel Streaming' animation - the user might really think that it actually searches the channel by itself."

Intriguing presentation and ease of use are present and correct, then, but there are also tons of different stations to explore. Ko says a few favourite stations have emerged.

"Through the SHOUTcast channels, French Kiss FM and Absolutely Smooth Jazz are popular," he says. "In their respective regions, the BBC, Europe 1, France Info, Japan-A-Radio, and K-Pop channels are also widely used."

Developing Radio Alarm Clock was harder than you might expect, however, and integrating the radio channels into the app was certainly being the biggest challenge.

"Our biggest difficulty was supporting the various streaming formats and overcoming the technical issues and guidelines," Ko says. In terms of updates, Ko tells us there are no concrete plans in place.

"It is hard to guarantee specific features at this moment, but we will try to focus on social options that will help you interact with other Radio Alarm Clock users who listen to the same radio channels."

You can download Radio Alarm Clock for iPhone now - it is currently free to download [iTunes link].

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