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There are endless ways to twist and turn the Merge Cube making it great for Puzzles

The Merge Cube is quickly receiving more and more support from the Android developer community as it is a cheap, easy, doorway to the world of AR and there a now a great selection of games available. Don’t let the squishy exterior fool you though, there are plenty of things for kids and adults alike to enjoy in this AR wonderland.

Obviously, the thing to buy is the Merge Cube itself so head over to Best Buy to pick one up, then you can start playing some of these fun puzzle games.

Defused!

The aim of Defused! is simple, to disable the bomb before it explodes using the combinations of tasks given to you by the game, think of Simon says, or BopIt! as its inspiration.

For example, in round one, you may be asked to toggle all the number 7 switches. You will be given a time limit to turn the Cube on all 3 axes to find the faces with number 7 switches and tap on the screen or press the VR button to activate them. If you do it, great! You get a harder challenge. Fail and the cube explodes and you have to restart.

Defused! Is a frustratingly addictive game that has that high-stress rate that makes puzzle games so good. The replay factor is high as the situations change all the time and there is room for the game to expand, a multiplayer mode for example, where multiple people have to move the cube between them to help defuse the bomb.

Find Defused! on Google Play

Wooble Wobble

Wooble Wobble, the greatest name for an app ever, feels like a classic tilt maze from the olden days but with a wonderful 3D mechanic thrown in. The maze on the screen is even made to look like dark polished wood, a look I really dig, which makes it feel a little more refined than some of the other, more cartoonish puzzle games available.

Your job is to move the little blue ball around an ever-expanding maze and drop into the highlighted hole. Drop it in the wrong hole and you have to start over and you get bounced around by bumpers making it all the harder. Each complete level adds more sides to the cube, more holes to fall down and more bumpers to push you about.

Wooble Wobble is really well made and fun puzzle game. Unlike many games of this genre, this feels like an homage to the 1950′s wooden toys, and has a more sophisticated look and feel than most.

Find Wooble Wobble on Google Play

Block AR

BlockAR is a block breaking game in the Tetris style, but using the Merge Cube to add a level of complexity that doesn’t normally exist. Graphically, the game is bright and well made, the tracking on the Cube is top notch, and the game itself is very responsive to touch.

The idea of the game is simple, to fire the right color blocks that match the blocks inside the cube. You have to clear all the blocks before they reach too far out of the cube or the game is over. As you reach the higher levels the game increases the difficulty by making some of the colors hard to reach or appear in your firing line less often, you then have to stack odd colors out of the way.

BlockAr is a fun, addictive game, like Candy Crush and Bejewelled, those games that make you want to play “Just one more level” until you realize you have been sitting on the toilet for two hours and you can’t feel your legs, and is well worth picking up for your Merge Cube.

Find Block AR on Google Play

Rubik’s Cube

We all know what a Rubik’s cube is right? It’s been around for at least 40 years and I think we all had one as a kid. I was never very good at it but my best friend Kevin was amazing, he could solve it in under a minute which always amazes me. Rubik’s Cube for Merge Cube is pretty self-explanatory, an AR Cube for the digital age.

Ok, I will explain a little more. In this version of the Rubik’s Cube, you have to turn the Merge cube around to check the sides while tapping the white dots around the cube to twist the separate parts. This is actually a little more cumbersome than you might think, it’s much nicer to move the cube with two hands than one, and even with a Merge VR Headset you still have to press the button to make it work. With these relaxed games without a time limit, I do think having the option to just stare at the dot for a few seconds rather than pressing a button would work better.

Rubik’s Cube is a nostalgic, relaxing puzzle game for the Merge Cube. It isn’t graphically incredible or eye-wateringly quick, it’s just the fun cube we remember from being a kid. Despite having to play one-handed, it’s still a fun game to play. Oh, and Kevin can’t do this one anywhere near as quick!

Find Rubik’s Cube on Google Play

So thats our short list of fun puzzle games for the Merge Cube, now it’s your turn. Let us know in the comment section if you have played any others that you feel beat these guys out.




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This week brings warm hearts and cold Olympic temperatures; and the brave souls who are part of each.

This weekend and the next will be filled with hearts and flowers for a lot of people because Valentine’s Day hits in the middle of the week. It’s apparent that whoever invented the holiday was single or it would have been like other occasions that get shifted around to come up on the weekend and I wouldn’t be trying to find a good place to eat that will still get me home in time for bed because Thursday is another holiday, called Get Up and Go to Work Day. Not as fun to celebrate, that one.

In any case, you can’t go anywhere to escape Valentine’s Day goodies designed to show your appreciation of a loved one or potential loved one and to exchange money from your bank account to a merchant’s bank account. It’s the American way. Though I have to say the local grocery store has some incredible-looking tulips.

And of course, some of us will not be celebrating Valentine’s Day for one reason or another. It’s cool, there are plenty of Olympics to fill the space. Around here we’ll be doing both and I’ll try not to be jealous of Pita Taufatofua (AKA Mr. Tonga) with his oily and perfect physique when network television shows his grand entrance over and over. And over. (But seriously, look at the guy. Wowza. And an accomplished athlete in multiple sports, too!) and instead, marvel at how anyone can do anything when it’s that cold and do it so well. Please, do not be that cold Wednesday night when I’m out with my sweetheart.

What are y’all up to this weekend? Celebrating the big V day, watching some winter games, or both? Jump in the comments and share!




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You know when mechanics charge you $75 to tell you you need air in your tire? Figure it out for yourself.

Kobra’s Wi-Fi OBD-II car code reader and scanner is down to $13.29 with code ALUA3DVB on Amazon. This is the best price we’ve ever seen on it. The last deal we shared on it was about five months ago and that was a little over a dollar more expensive than the current deal above.

Kobra’s car reader can connect to your phone via Wi-Fi and is compatible with iOS, Android, and sure, for the one or two of you still holding on, even Windows phones. Once connected, you can unlock all the information on your car’s performance. It also supports several available apps, like DashCommand for iOS and Torque Pro for Android. Kobra also promises a one-year money-back guarantee if you aren’t happy with it.

Kobra has a couple other readers on sale. This OBD-II scanner works via Bluetooth but only on Android and Windows phones. Get it for $8.42 from $12.95 with code 4SMI89DJ. It’s a little more convenient if you are on one of those platforms.

If you don’t need all the smartphone data collection and Bluetooth connections and just want a simple plug-and-play code reader, this Kobra scanner is down to $13.87 from $18.49 with code 6AYGQKGA.

You can also go for the Automatic Pro OBD-II car reader on sale for $109.99. This thing comes with 3G connectivity and tons of fantastic diagnostic tools that make it worth the upgrade.

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If you’re going to fly in VR, you might as well go all in and pick up a HOTAS.

In much the same way that racing wheels with pedals make driving games in VR feel a lot more realistic, flight games in VR are improved dramatically when you add a Hands On Throttle And Stick (or HOTAS) controller. These controllers allow you to really punch the throttle forward when you want to accelerate, or quickly flip your ship around when fighting in space. You can do these things with a normal controller, but if a game supports HOTAS controllers the difference in how that experience feels in VR is quickly evident.

You can get a HOTAS controller for the PlayStation 4 for fairly cheap, but not every game supports this hardware. Here’s a quick list of the PlayStation VR games offering HOTAS support now, planning to offer support later, or launching later this year with support planned out of the box.

Not sure which HOTAS you want for PlayStation VR? We’ve got you covered!

Games you can play right now

There are a couple of PlayStation VR games you can buy right now, plug in your HOTAS controller, and everything will just work.

Eve: Valkyrie

The first epic space combat game for PlayStation VR has a lot of experience with HOTAS controllers, and adding one to this game makes space combat feel incredible.

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StarBlood Arena

More combat focused than space flight focused, this game is all about arena combat and lightning reflexes. A HOTAS controller could be the difference between victory and defeat in online multiplayer.

See at Amazon

Games promising HOTAS support later

Space Rift

This game already exists for PlayStation VR, but HOTAS support was promised several months ago as a priority feature to be added “soon”. Granted “soon” was said on Aug 2, 2016 and we’re still waiting.

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Ace Combat 7

This franchise has a long history of quality flight experiences in both classic and modern combat planes. Ace Combat 7 was suppoed to release with HOTAS support late 2018, but we have had no word on that yet.

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Games coming later this year

War Thunder

Built to be an epic World War II flight combat game, there’s a lot of reason to be excited about this experience. HOTAS support has been added to Steams versaion, and the game has gotten that much more immersive. Now we’re just waiting for War Thunder to realease for PSVR so we can play it here too!

Thoughts?

Which HOTAS experience do you most like in your PlayStation VR? Sound off in the comments!




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