Spirits is a gorgeous award-winning puzzler where the aim of the game is to lead the glowing, ethereal spirits to a revolving goal on each level. You guide the spirits by invoking their powers; one blows a current of air, one builds a bridge, another digs a tunnel and a further one blocks air flow. If you’re already getting a sense of familiarity from the descriptive, you might be right.

Spirits is, gameplay-wise, very much like the classic game Lemmings. In both games, you have to guide the creatures to safety, utilising their various abilities to overcome obstacles and more.

So, how is this going to work? Is Spirits just a clone of a much-loved gaming classic? Or is it an altogether different experience?

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It’s a competitive, dog-eat-dog world out there and, with Google products, very much about survival of the fittest. The search giant has often been quick to put a failing service out to pasture, even ones they put a great deal of effort into promoting; Google Buzz and Google Wave are both recent examples. In a recent cull, the Google Listen app has now cast its very last pod.

While its demise doesn’t quite warrant the need for a support helpline to get users over their loss, here at Android.AppStorm we thought we might step in to help, kind of like a friendly shoulder to cry on. This article is for you, dear Google Listen user. We would like to attempt to open your eyes and reassure you that there are more fish in the sea… and this round up of podcasting apps are those very fish.

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Z Origins is the Android port of the original Bitmap Brothers PC game of ‘Z’. First released in 1996, it came just a year after the the initial release of Command and Conquer, another popular genre title. However, what made Z stand out were the more aggressive enemies and added complexity of gameplay.

Now this classic is on Android, and you can once again enjoy the humour, action and intensity of the original. Retro gaming is a big deal on the Android platform, but can be done quite badly. Which camp does Z Origins fall into? Read on for more…
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Zombies, Run! is a exquisitely fun and hugely original fitness app. It’s essentially a running game supported by an audio adventure, which itself comes across a little like a radio play. All you have to do is put your earphones in and go for a run. The story unravels as you progress and the audio elements play in between your own music playlist.

If you’ve used apps like Runkeeper or Couch-to-5K, Zombies, Run! offers a very cool twist.

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Early in 2012, Google released a set of design principles to aid developers in creating apps that complement the Ice Cream Sandwich user interface, also known as ‘Holo’. These guidelines aimed to allow for apps to ‘enchant’ and ‘amaze’ users, and simplify the user experience.

Now, while developers do not have to oblige Google and adhere to this aesthetic, many have embraced it with good results. This roundup highlights a few such applications worthy of your attention. Some you’ll know and probably already use, but there might be a few surprises too.

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Dead Trigger is the ultimate in zombie-thwarting action. It’s a slick first-person-shooter laden with outrageously gorgeous visual effects and heart-thumping drama. If recent games like Zombie Farm have left you believing that zombies are actually kinda cute, this will completely reverse your opinion.

Dead Trigger features stunningly immersive gameplay, graphics that will make you weep with joy and sound that lowers you right into the action like a parachute into hell. Read on to find out exactly why that ‘High Maturity’ rating is so necessary…

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Kinectimals is an advanced cyber-pet game in which you can name, play with, stroke, tickle, wash and feed several baby animals. It features a range of extremely cute cubs to nurture, including a cheetah, an African lion and leopard, a panther and a Royal Bengal tiger.

With realistic graphics, incredible sound and thoroughly intuitive gameplay, maybe you have time in your life for an virtual animal cub? Read on for more info… and get ready to emit more ‘aaah’s and ‘oooh’s than you will want to acknowledge.

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Monsters Ate My Condo is a mesmerically bizarre, Japanese-inspired arcade puzzler from the combined mental juices of Adult Swim and PikPok. Swipe away coloured condos to the hungry mouths of curious monsters, while combining three or more of the same colour for special bonuses.

Quite unlike anything you might have ever played before and combining visual eye-candy and incredible sound with aggressively captivating gameplay, Monsters Ate My Condo might be the the most ridiculous game you’ve ever played. Read on for a proper insight into its monsterous neon soul.
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This week saw me performing a factory reset on my device, so I viewed this as an opportunity for a good app clear out. Often I download apps purely because they’re ‘nice to have’ rather than because I’ll actually use them. I was, however, quite surprised to notice quite how many apps I had downloaded, and interested to note how many I do actually need and use.

This little selection of apps are those that have been particularly relevant to me this week. I probably won’t keep them all in weeks to come, but there’s a couple that are certainly a little underrated.

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Football Manager Handheld 2012 is a football management simulation game for mobile devices. The premise is simple; select and manage a real football (soccer) team from any of the top leagues and steer them to glory.

The game attempts to be as realistic as possible and includes as many aspects of the real world as it can, from over-demanding club owners and contract negotiations to player sales and handling the media. The game did raise a few eyebrows when it was released – most notably due to the relatively high price – so the question remains: is it worth it? Read on for some analysis…

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