A new mobile game has elements of chess and reversi, and it is now available for iPad and Android tablets. The game, Chargers, is designed for two to four players and is available for $2.99 on the iTunes App Store and $3.00 on Google Play.
Eliminating all rival pieces by surrounding them and removing them from the board is the basic goal of Chargers. The strategy needed to complete that task, however, offers the challenge.
Players can use their own pieces to enclose their rivals, as well as a stone, a tree, or the edge of the game board. Four trees are always on the board and cannot be moved or eliminated. If third and fourth players are not present, two stones occupy the third and fourth sides of the game board.
In the game of Chargers, each player starts the game with five foot soldiers, two strongmen with stones, two horses, and one nobleman. Players can make up to ten one-cell moves per turn, divided among different pieces.
Each game piece has a unique ability. Strongmen can drop stones as part of an enclosing strategy or directly on other pieces to remove them. Strongmen can also move stones that are already on the board. Horses have the ability to jump over other pieces and stones. Noblemen, when surrounding an opponent piece, convert it to their own side rather than eliminating that piece.
Chargers supports in-person games of two to four players passing the device between them as well as online play with friends or other adversaries. The iOS version of the game works through Apple’s Game Center.
“Chargers is a game that offers a challenge to people who like to devise strategies,” said the game’s creator, Eric Phillips. “It’s the type of game that is relatively easy to learn, but difficult to master. It is also a great game to play with friends and family. I am very glad to see my game become an app, and hope that it will provide a fun and interesting challenge to many people.”
About the Developer
Zco Corporation, founded in 1989 and headquartered in Nashua, NH, is one of the largest mobile application developers in the world. Zco has experience creating custom mobile applications, enterprise applications, 3D animation, and augmented reality on various platforms like iOS, Android, Windows Phone, BlackBerry, Symbian, and HTML5. As an expert in the industry, Zco strives to be on the forefront of mobile app development and creating custom applications for its clients.
A new unique game for iPhone users takes players around a golf course with some risqué hole names and additional surprises. Inter-Course Golf the mobile app is now available for $0.99 at the iTunes App Store. Android device and iPad versions for the game are planned for the near future.
Initially, the player can set up a profile, choosing a name and skin tone. The colors of clothing items are all customizable as well: hat, shirt, pants, and shoes. The player can then choose a game: the front 9, back 9, or full 18-hole course.
It’s at this stage the game’s risqué sense of humor becomes obvious. Holes with names like BushWhacker, DryHump, and SnatchBox await, with course contours to match. A crotchety Scottish commentator offers warnings about losing your balls and shooting right for the hole. Along the course of the game, the player gets to meet Kimmie, a bikini-clad girl skilled in the art of ball washing, and Misty, the Chastity Angel and guardian of a special hole of her own.
“Inter-Course Golf is the product of two repressed Catholic school boys,” the game’s creators said. “We hope you enjoy it as much as we do!” Just prior to release, the game’s Facebook page had garnered more than 24,000 Likes. A trailer video and more information is available at http://www.intercoursegolf.net.
A brief description is displayed for each hole, as well as a map and name. The player is treated to a 3D trip over the fairway to get a full overview of the challenges ahead. Sand traps, water obstacles, and the green, as well as excited spectators, surrounding trees, and the city in the distance are all shown in great detail.
At the tee, the player is able to view the hole’s name, par, and distance, along with wind speed and direction, at the top of the screen. By repeating the 3D flight, the player can zoom in on the estimated landing spot of the ball.
The player can choose from twelve different clubs, though in most cases the game’s automatically selected wood, iron, or wedge will do the trick. When ready, the player can draw back to control the power of the swing and flick forward to let fly.
With a mature and humorous theme, this 3D golf game makes a unique addition to any golf enthusiast’s mobile device. The game was developed by Zco Corporation for Inter-Course Golf, LLC.
By completing chores, children earn mobile device privileges with approval from parents.
Chores for Rewards is a new Android app that allows parents to block mobile device usage until children have earned it through good conduct and finishing chores. Parents can decide which applications can be accessed and how long children can use a device per day. The app is available for free from Google Play.
The Android device’s home screen is replaced by Chores for Rewards, so children must log in to use the device. Access is automatically blocked once a child hits the daily time limit or expends all earned time. Since the application time is connected to completing chores, tasks, and goals, it rewards children for contributing to the household. A complete tutorial is included to simplify customizing the settings for any family.
Parents first set up their own admin accounts that allow them to configure user accounts, allot chores, select the apps children will be approved to use, and set time limits on usage. All settings can be accessed through the single Setup screen. Administrators can also view summaries of each child’s account, including:
The first and last name, email address, nickname, and picture can be included in all accounts. Teen accounts can approve the chores marked off in younger child accounts. In case a child forgets a password, admins can recall user passwords for them.
An unlimited number of six pre-loaded chores can be configured for free. Additional customizable chores can be bought within the application: five for $1.99, 10 for $2.99, and unlimited for $5.99. The app’s advertising can be removed for $1.99.
Pre-loaded chores include:
Each chore done earns a user a set amount of app time and a cash reward. The “My Chores” screen allows kids to check their chore time and earnings on their own. Parents or teens handle all approvals and payouts.
Chores for Rewards includes connectivity to Facebook and Twitter, so users and administrators can share their accomplishments. More information and a video are available at http://chores-for-rewards.com.
About the Developer
Zco Corporation, founded in 1989 and headquartered in Nashua, NH, is one of the largest mobile application developers in the world. Zco has experience creating custom mobile applications, enterprise applications, 3D animation, and augmented reality on various platforms like – iOS, Android, Windows Phone, BlackBerry, Symbian, and HTML5. As an expert in the industry, Zco strives to be on the forefront of mobile app development and creating custom applications for its clients.
Zco is presenting and exhibiting at the 2013 GDLC Technology Expo at Brookstone Events Center.
More employers are adopting new technologies in the workplace by implementing BYOD programs and providing employees with devices. On Wednesday, November 6th Zco Corporation will be presenting at the 2013 Technology Expo. This event is hosted by the Greater Derry Londonderry Chamber of Commerce and will take place at The Brookstone Event Center in Derry, NH. The presentation will cover how the mobile app development process works and how to implement new technologies into the workplace.
Randy Peterson, Business Development Representative and presenter for Zco, states, “This presentation is great for anyone interested in learning more about mobile app development. It always sparks an idea for an application need, and then opens the lines of communication.”
Along with presenting at the expo we will also have a booth. Representatives will be located at booth #14 and can answer individual questions about what a business’s specific needs will entail and mobile app development. The company will have examples of apps created for customers so attendees will be able to view previous work and learn how to adopt this technology into their businesses.
In recent months, Zco Corporation has been traveling around the state of New Hampshire providing presentations to local business owners. The goal of the presentations are to educate professionals about the new technologies available, how to integrate them, and the steps to adopting this technology.
About Zco Corporation
Zco Corporation is one of the largest app development companies in the world, headquartered right here in New Hampshire. It is a 24-year veteran in the custom software industry and has built best-selling, award-winning mobile apps generating millions in revenue and national media recognition for its clients all over the world. Its services include custom mobile app development, enterprise software solutions, enterprise app development, hybrid app development, and creative services including 3D animation, 3D gaming and augmented reality.
Gary Mueller, VP of Business Development Addressed New Hampshire Association of Counties
Zco Corporation’s PublicEye was demonstrated at the New Hampshire Association of Counties Conference. The event was held at the Mountain View Grand in Whitefield, NH from October 27 to October 29, 2013. Gary Mueller, Vice President of Business Development Zco Corporation, along with the sheriff’s office of Merrimack County, NH presented PublicEye in the Country Club building on October 28, 2013.
Mueller led a session on how police departments are benefiting from the use of smartphones and tablets. Mueller also demonstrated the capabilities of PublicEye – Zco’s public safety product.
PublicEye, an app developed for smartphones and tablets is designed for everyone in the public safety community. PublicEye overlays data important to you on a real-time map optimized for today’s visual, touch-based devices. The app architecture lets police, fire, and EMS departments from neighboring municipalities to seamlessly share data for mutual aid and response. Everyone can collaborate, interact, and communicate through PublicEye, right from the governor to mayors, police and fire chiefs, first responders, volunteers, and even the public.
The NHAC Annual Conference and Trade Show is an event that brings together new, innovative ways of collaboration and showcases best practices in order to help maximize government operations in the state of New Hampshire. Various training programs and products are demonstrated to the attendees.
More information on the 2013 NHAC Annual Conference and Trade Show: http://www.nhcounties.org/events.html. Each month, Zco hosts live online webinars demonstrating PublicEye. Each 45-minute webinar is free to attend and covers the benefits of mobilizing public safety as well as a features overview. To register, head to http://www.publiceyes.com/ and fill out the form at the top of the page.