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Find Orborun on Opera Mobile Store

Orborun is an easy to play, hard to master arcade game with touch and tilt play options where you control a robot (the Orbot) that curls up into a ball as it tries to escape iNsaNe mazes.

To get you rolling, Orborun starts you out with five tutorials to acquaint you with steering, items to bowl through to score points, speed boosts and obstacles to avoid like red glass windows which take away points.  Each level sends you speeding down a one lane highway suspended high in the air – without rail guards, so if you fall – well, it’s “GAME OVER!”  Restart is just a click away, and you don’t need to put in another quarter.Completing each tutorial level is easy, but getting a good score – that takes some practice.

You get scored on each level, first with points and then by performance by “star rating” – from one to three.   This is the sort of game where you likely want to run through the tutorial a few times until you are consistently getting 3 stars.  After the tutorial, you jump into Haste World  – grouped into three tiers of 5 levels each.  If you get a perfect score in each tier, you unlock an extra bonus level.   These also start out pretty easy, but with each new level you can visually see additional complexity  – points closer to the edges, more ramps, in-air points, more precarious turns.

orborun2In total, there are about 100 levels in the game.   As you score points, you unlock different Orbots – in different colors and with different abilities like “Jumpy Orbot” making it easier to jump over gaps and obstacles.  You may need some of these upgraded orbots to actually get your perfect scores – for the bonus unlocks.

As you roll ahead, your hand-eye coordination will be put to serious tests as you contend with ramps, gates, swtiches, loops, and crazier challenges.  For a first hand view, check out Indie Explorer’s YouTube video showing in-depth game play on Orborun to let you see first hand if this is a game you can get into.

In app purchases required?  No.  Once you have the game, you have everything needed to play, all of the cosmetic and in-game upgrades are purchased by your in-game points.

Whether you are looking for something casual to play or some hard core arcade action, Orborun is a very good game guaranteed to test your skills and reflexes.  It has great replay value and is just $1.99 on Opera Mobile Store.

Make sure to visit Orborun on Facebook!


Ski Resort in the Mall of Emirates – image courtesy of Wikipedia.

Being able to do anything, anywhere – and some would add under any conditions, is important for professionals on the go, in the field, and traveling lite.   Today, we take a look at non-centralized office environments in conjunction with a mini-review of MobiSystems OfficeSuite 7, available on Opera Mobile Store for free.

I’ve been a huge fan of the telecommute, non-centralized office environment since 1998.  Certain things are easier to do within an office environment, but an office is absolutely not essential for the vast majority of “work” outside of a retail, production and transport oriented environment.  About the only mission critical components for a non-centralized work environment is making sure everyone has the same software and protocols for communication.

Mobile makes it exponentially easier to do just about anything while traveling, sitting at the beach with a strawberry daiquiri, or taking a ski lift to the top of the mountain — or the mall in Dubai.   This last example just goes to show that you really can do anything, anywhere.

MobiSystems OfficeSuite 7 is an important step in that direction.   This free version enables you to view just about any file format imaginable.  As they put it, “OfficeSuite is a universal document viewer for Android enabling you to open, view, print and share native DOC, DOCX, DOCM, RTF, TXT, LOG, XLS, XLSX, XLSM, CSV, PPT, PPTX, PPS, PPSX, PPTM, PPSM, EML, PDF and ZIP files.”

MobiOfficeIt is a 24 Mb download which may make it difficult to download in some areas, but the ability to receive, review and respond to all of these types of files and documents is worth a little effort and a little extra wait.   MobiSoft indicates that it has been installed on over 120 million devices in over 205 countries — confirming my opinion that it is easy to download and easy to use.   Plus, it is available in 56 languages.

Upgrading to the professional version within the app runs 4.99 € enabling you to create, edit, update documents, spreadsheets, PowerPoint presentations, interact with various DropBox-like functions, convert documents to PDF, etc.

In contrast, the latest Microsoft Office package retail price is about $499.99.  MobiSystems OfficeSuite 7 is not the only mobile office package out there.   QuickOffice Premier runs $14.99.   Another, AlwaysOnPC  runs $20 working in conjunction with OpenOffice documents.  There are OpenOffice efforts in progress – something to watch if you are on a really tight budget.   By virtue of its number of users (over 120 million), MobiSystems OfficeSuite 7 a pretty safe bet.

The one feature I have not tried is using my device with this app to print a document.  I don’t see where that would be too complicated if you are set up for it.  Odds are you won’t be carrying a printer around with you, but you can easily email the file to someone to have it printed.

All the way around, this is an extremely useful, easy to use app that every professional should have.