G5 has been offering a free game weekly, and this week it is the adventure game Royal Trouble: Hidden Adventure. I reviewed it for iPad, saying it’s “an entirely different sort of casual adventure game – and an absolute blast that you simply MUST try”. Now G5 Makes Royal Trouble Hidden Adventure Free on all platforms!Read more
G5 offers a free game weekly, this week the hidden object game Abyss: The Wraiths of Eden. I reviewed it for iPad, saying it’s “solid fun with a decent story and loads of fun that will last at least a few hours and still have you wanting to explore the extras.”. Now G5 Makes Abyss the Wraiths of EdenRead more
G5 offers a free game weekly, this week it’s city-building/time management game Build It! Miami Beach Resort. I reviewed it for iPad, saying it “stands on its own quite solidly as something worth checking out”. If you haven’t played yet, get it now as G5 Gives Away Build It! Miami Beach Resort on iOS and Android for Free ThisRead more
G5 has been offering a free game each week, this week offering the excellent crime-drama mystery Special Enquiry Detail: The Hand that Feeds. I originally reviewed it for iPad, saying the “best stories are filled with memorable characters, and that is true here.”, calling it “one of the best ‘casual’ games I’ve played”. Now it is free on allRead more
Barnes and Noble tried to bury some very bad news by releasing it during CES-NOOK sales for the holiday season were dreadful. Plenty were quick to blame Amazon’s lower prices, but while that’s no doubt a factor there’s some bigger issues here than prices on a few bestsellers…like marketing, and whether B&N plans to maintain the NOOK another year!
G5 Has been offering a free game each week, this week offering a great paranormal hidden-object game release – Spirit Walkers. I reviewed this for the iPad, saying a favorite thing was “travel in time and dimension in order to unravel the complete mystery.”, and calling it “neither a gimmick nor an afterthought”. Now it is free on allRead more
G5 Has been offering a free game each week, and this week they are offering a great recent release – Where Angels Cry. I reviewed this for multiple platforms starting with the iPad, saying a favorite thing was “the mystery continues throughout the game, and remains interesting”, and calling it “an intriguing experience”. Now it is free on allRead more
While not the best story-based hidden object game this year, Dark Arcana: The Carnival is a solid and intriguing game full of solid puzzle and adventure elements. The story is chilling and there are several hours of gameplay across three difficulties to challenge you. And now through December 29th G5 is giving the game away FREE on all platforms!Read more
When http://geardiary.com/2012/09/06/nightmares-from-the-deep-the-cursed-heart-collectors-edition-hd-for-ipad-review/">I reviewed Nightmares from the Deep: The Cursed Heart Collector’s Edition on the iPad last year I praised the game, saying the “seamless integration of hidden object areas, mixed scenes and puzzles flows better than in most genre games”. This week only G5 entertainment is giving the game away for FREE on all platforms!
I reviewed Red Crow Mysteries: Legion for iOS and Mac earlier this year, praising it for “wrapping together solid adventure game elements and a story worth following”. The game has since been released on Android, Kindle Fire and Nook. Even better, for this week only G5 Entertainment is giving the game away for free on all platforms!
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Thanksgiving weekend is famous for a turkey-induced state of lethargy, manic shopping craziness, and most recently an onslaught of digital video game sales. To that end G5 Entertainment is having a huge sale all weekend long on some of their most popular games, and across all platforms! Personal favorites include the ‘Letters from Nowhere’ and ‘Special Enquiry Detail’ games.
It feels like after the initial excitement of eBook readers and eBooks taking off, the market had leveled off. There’s still book growth, but as tablets overtook dedicated readers, and Amazon settled happily into the number one spot, the improvements slowed precipitously. But now that Barnes and Noble is showing a new willingness to enter the market, it looks likeRead more
Good news, apparently Barnes and Noble is still making ebook readers! The future of the Nook was in flux repeatedly over the last year, but it seems B&N is still behind their digital future, and they've released an updated version of the Nook Glowlight with impressive specifications for only $119 (or 10% less if you're a B&N member)!Read more
The release of iOS 7 is hardly a surprise…unless, of course, you're Barnes and Noble. They've apparently wasted so much time updating their NOOK app that it won't be up to date for iOS 7's release. So, if you're an iOS fan who uses NOOK, you have to choose-your books or your phone?
Sadly, this is not a joke. Barnes
I’ll admit that I’ve done my fair share of kicking Barnes and Noble. I think they’ve let themselves be run in two contradictory directions (being a digital company versus being a bookstore) for too long, and their half-hearted attempts to bridge the two were too promotional and short-term to make a real difference. At this point, though, criticizing B&N feels
The other day Judie posted her eBay Influencer review of the Samsung GALAXY S4. It is a great look at the powerhouse S4 and it also include a way you can enter to win awesome prizes. Check it out.
Now Judie has followed up with an eBay Influencer Review of the Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight. (Read more
In 2009, several major publishers announced a huge pricing change for eBooks; retailers would sell them only at the price set by the publisher, and no one could apply any discounts or coupons. The move was anti-competitive and clearly aimed at attacking Amazon, but what really struck everyone was the company behind the curtain. Apple had just announced the iPad,
Best I can tell, the people who use tarot cards are those who want to believe in the idea of pre-destiny, or that there is some mystical “if I do this, then that will occur” order to the universe — beyond simple cause and effect. It’s kind of sad, really, to imagine someone thinking that by spending time with a
News broke today that Barnes and Noble is opening up the NOOK hardware to Google, adding Google Play to their NOOK HD and HD+ devices. Is this a canny move to capitalize on tablet demand, or a desperate grab for any port in a storm? Does this actually matter to the average buyer? As our own Mike Anderson asked, “Is
Hey, want to buy a NOOK? Barnes & Noble would very much like it if you did. That’s not surprising — they’re fighting hard for marketshare in an increasingly crowded market. But hot on the heels of their “buy a tablet, get an eBook reader!” bizarre promotion, they’ve been reminding everyone of another reason to buy a NOOK: They’ll pay
Over the past few years working with G5 games as they have grown into one of the more successful casual games publishers on smartphones, I have seen a fairly standard formula: they publish for iOS first, then Android and finally for the Mac (and occasionally PC). But with Fate of the Pharaoh we get a first – G5 is releasingRead more
In the Harry Potter books, Voldemort’s symbol appears above the houses of wizards who have been marked for death. Lately, it seems like Barnes and Noble’s stores have the Dark Mark over them. No matter what the company says or does, the news is always greeted with the same reaction: DOOM!
The latest round of “B&N WILL DIE” is due
I spent a great deal of time before and during CES checking out the exhibitor list and deciding what companies I wanted to visit. While I didn’t think they were doing anything special, I did note that Barnes and Noble was on the exhibitor list, and made a mental note to drop by and see what they had to say.
I love books. I know I am slightly biased, being a former bookstore employee, but I like to think that most people like reading books. The hard part is finding books you want to read. Maybe you can’t find the right authors, or books have gotten too pricey, or you haven’t made the leap to ebooks yet…but don’t worry.
I’ve said for a long time that Barnes and Noble’s key to success in the ebook world was through their retail channels. The more they find ways to leverage the advantage of being both the neighborhood store AND an instant gratification web presence, the better they will be able to compete with Amazon. It looks like they are looking for