How Use to Meerkat to Livestream Video

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Meerkat is the new video live stream service that enables anyone with a smartphone to stream video live to any of your followers and lets them comment via twitter. If you are a follower of tech media, you will undoubtedly have heard that Meerkat is making a huge splash as the current must-have app. Even big name celebrities like Jimmy Fallon and Ashton Kutcher are embracing the video streaming app.

Meerkat is awesome for getting a glimpse into the lives and happenings of people you follow. But don’t just watch, get in on the action and live stream your own video to an engaged audience. Here’s how:

First you’ll need the app. Right now you can only stream from the iPhone app, but On the Air, the company that develops Meerkat, has a viewing app for Android out now. Go ahead and download Meerkat from the App Store right now:

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When you open the app, you’ll get an introduction to what Meerkat is and how it works. You’ll then get a list of live streams from people you follow on Twitter. You can tap on any of these to watch their stream and comment on and like. Comments and likes will be sent out as tweets from you Twitter account and show up in real time at the bottom of the video stream where everyone watching can read.

Let’s get to the fun part though: making our own stream. You might be tempted to hit that “stream” button right now, but you should probably do some preparation first. Ask yourself a couple questions first:

1. Do I have something people want to watch?
Right now, you’ll find lots of people live streaming their walk to work or school. I’m willing to bet not many of your followers want to watch your face bounce up and down their screen as you’re taking a walk.
The most interesting streams –and the ones that will get the most watchers– will be where you are doing something interesting. Skydiving? Zip lining? Painting? Creating? Go for it. Writing a paper for for your Econ 208 class? Probably not.
2. Am I prepared to not use my phone for as long as I stream?
Streaming on Meerkat will be the full-time job of your phone as you stream. You might be able to close the app during your stream, but your viewers will get a lovely blurred screen and nothing to watch.
3. Do I want random people around the world watching what I’m doing?
Meerkat is live video from your iPhone’s camera, so whatever your phone can see, anyone in the world can see too. You need to be prepared to forsake your privacy for as long as you stream. This means cleaning up anything you don’t want people to see, and not saying anything you don’t want heard. It’s also a good idea to let the people around you know what you’re doing, and make sure that taking broadcasting is allowed at your location. Using Meerkat while you’re cooking a fancy dinner at home is ok, but you could run into problems if you try to stream at a major league game or a museum.

In fact, Meerkat has a list of eight rules for using the app, in order to keep everyone happy, safe, and legal:

The Rules of Meerkat
Everything that happens on meerkat happens on Twitter.
Streams will be pushed to followers in real time via push notifications.
People can only watch it live. No reruns.
Watchers can restream any stream to their followers in real time.
Scheduled streams will be distributed in the community by their subscribers.
Your own streams can be kept locally on your phone, but never on the cloud.
Everyone can watch on web.
Be kind.

If all three questions are met with a yes, tap stream and broadcast to the world. The app will ask permission to use your camera and your microphone, and you’ll be streaming almost immediately. The interface is similar to watching a Meerkat stream, but with a few more options. You can change which camera to use (front or back), a button to turn on the rear camera flash to light your scene, and a stop button, in addition to the comment button.

Once you end your stream, Meerkat will ask if you want to keep the stream. Tapping yes will save a video copy of the entire stream to your camera roll on your phone.

And that’s it. Meerkat could potentially create a huge impact on how we view events and get a glimpse into the lives of others. What and when you stream is entirely up to you, and as of this moment, Meerkat is skyrocketing into relevance as a media tool, and we’ve only just scratch at the surface of the possibilities of the platform.

Top 5 Samsung Galaxy S6 Features

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Samsung’s latest flagship smartphone was recently announced, touting a bevy of new features that will likely make the Samsung Galaxy S6 at least as successful as it’s predecessor. DailyAppShow has taken the time to drive through all the marketing mumbo jumbo to find the top five features of the Galaxy S6.

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The latest Samsung Galaxy S phone actually comes in two flavors: the S6 and the S6 Edge. While otherwise identical, the Galaxy S6 Edge features a unique new feature: both long edges of the display curve back towards the rear of the phone that almost makes the screen look seamless, and makes gestures on screen edges much more smooth. Samsung has even provided novel ways to utilize the curved edges, letting you set screen edge gestures to navigate in apps.

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Both the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge feature a hugely improved industrial design from previous generations of the series. Samsung’s latest flagships use ultra strong Corning Gorilla Glass 4 on both the front and back to provide a more premium feel to the devices. Both phones also utilize anodized metal frames to hold all that glass for a fit and finish unlike any Galaxy S device before.

Improved Fingerprint Reader

While the previous generation Galaxy S5 introduced a built-in fingerprint reader into the home button, many users were unable to reliably use the feature. The Galaxy S6 improves massively on fingerprint reading by using a one-touch reader as opposed to the swipe reader on the S5. Now you can simply rest your finger on the button for recognition to enable biometric security features.

Improved cameras

You will find a much improved 16 MP image sensor at the back of the S6 and S6 Edge that features improvements like optical image stabilization, a wide ƒ/1.9 aperture, auto-HDR mode, improved low light performance, and a feature Samsung is touting as “fast tracking autofocus,” which enables you to tap on your subject, and the camera will keep that object in focus even if it’s moving.

The front facing camera was also improved to 5 MP from 3.7 MP of the previous generation.

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Unlike the megapixel war in consumer cameras, the screen resolution war in smartphones is still in full effect. The latest crop of smartphones brings the game to yet another level, featuring an absolutely insane 2560 x 1440 pixel resolution. The latest Samsung flagship is no exception, featuring a 1440p AMOLED screen. That’s an incredibly 3.68 million pixels stuffed into a mere 5.1 diagonal inches. This amount of pixels ensures anything you look at on this phone, from photos and video, to text and games, will look stunningly sharp.

The Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge is set to be available at retailers in April.

How to Transfer Android Text Messages to iPhone

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If you were one of the millions of people who purchased or received one of the latest iPhones this last holiday season (or any other time), your last phone might have been an Android powered device.

While it’s often fun and exciting to experience a whole new thing like an iPhone for the first time, it can be frustrating when trying to move all of your old data from your previous phone. This can include things like contacts and photos. One of the most important bits you will probably want to keep is your messages. Text messaging has become one of the most used communication tools around the world, and you can easily amass thousands of messages to your friends and family.

So this might lead you to the question: how do you transfer text messages from your Android phone to your iPhone?

There is no built-in way to transfer your SMS and MMS messages from your Android to the iPhone, but it’s still entirely possible to get all of your messages from your old device to your new one.

We have done the research and found that the best application to get your messages transferred from Android to iOS is Backuptrans’ Android iPhone SMS/MMS Transfer+ application for both Windows and Mac OS X, and have created a guide on how to use the application. We will be using the Mac OS X version in the tutorial, but Windows users can follow the same steps.

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Backuptrans offers a free trial of Android iPhone SMS Transfer+ which limits transfers to 20 messages. However, the $34.95 asking price is not too much to ask in order to keep the cherished memories and important information contained in your conversations.

First, either download the trial version, or purchase and download Android iPhone SMS Transfer+ from Backuptrans’s website here (PC version).

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You will have a file called “android-sms-to-iphone-transfer-for-mac.dmg” in your downloads folder. Double click this to open the file, and a window with two files will pop up: the .pkg installer file, and a text file with system requirements and instructions on how to disable OS X’s GateKeeper if you have not already done so.

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Follow the simple instructions on how to disable GateKeeper, then double-click on “android-sms-to-iphone-transfer-for-mac.pkg” to begin the install.

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Follow the directions in the installer to install the application on your computer. After following the instructions, you will then find BackupTrans Android SMS To iPhone Transfer in your Applications folder (or All Programs in the Windows Start Menu).

Double-click to open the app. You will then be prompted to plug in your devices via USB cable if you have not already done so.

The application requires Android phones to have USB debugging enabled. Don’t let the name spook you, this simply means that you are telling Android to allow data to transfer over the USB cable.

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On your Android device, open the Settings app (you can find it in your app drawer), and scroll down and tap on “About phone” in the System section, then find the listing for “Build number”. Quickly tap on this section a few times until a popup says that you have enabled Developer Options.

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Go back one menu and find the “Developer options” listing in the System section. Tap into it and find the listing for “Android debugging” and enable it. Done! You have enabled USB debugging, and you are now able to transfer your messages from your Android device.

Similarly, there is a step you need to complete on your iPhone as well: disabling iCloud backup. Don’t worry, you can turn it back on once we complete the transfer process (and you will want to in order to keep your iPhone extra safe).

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On your iPhone, open the settings app and scroll down and tap on iCloud. Find and tap “Backup”, and turn off the switch.

Back on your computer, Backuptrans will complete a backup of both devices. After the process is done, you can mouse over each button in the toolbar at the top of the application to discover the various tools we can use.

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However, the quickest way to start the process of transferring all of your messages from your Android to your iPhone is to right-click your Android device under Devices in the left column, and click on “Transfer SMS to iPhone”.

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A dialog will popup and ask you to confirm that you want to proceed. Make sure your iPhone is selected from the dropdown and click confirm. The transfer will begin.

After the transfer completes, your iPhone will perform a quick restart. At this point you can confirm that all your messages have been transferred. And you’re done!

Don’t forget to re-enable iCloud backup in your iPhone’s settings at this point.

If you’re interested in purchasing Android iPhone SMS/MMS Transfer+, you can find the PC version here, and the Mac OS X version here.

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The Phoenix 2 by Beacon Audio

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The Beacon Audio Phoenix 2 is the followup to their hit original (at least in terms of the now massive bluetooth speaker market). The first Phoenix was a sturdy and reliable kit with a handsome but unassuming exterior. This followup product brings over the best features of its older sibling and adds some nifty new ones.

The nitty-gritty: The Phoenix weighs in at a light 3.6oz in a 3 inch tapered cube and comes in four colors; red, white, blue, and black. Playback and bluetooth control sit at the top and uses a dpad-like control scheme with the usual suspects: volume up and down are right and left respectively while doubling as the forward and back controls. Down is the play/pause button, and up is the function button. The back of the device has a 3.5mm auxiliary-in port, micro USB charging port, and an on/off slider. The sides have speaker grilles, while the front is pretty simple with just a logo and mic holes. The bottom of the device is built as a pedestal for the bass driver to aim downwards. The Phoenix 2 is priced at $59.99 retail.
Connection via bluetooth is very straightforward: turn the device on and press and the up button on the top until there’s a beep and the LED light flashes to indicate pairing mode. Then you just find “Phoenix 2 by Beacon” in your bluetooth devices list. I am appreciative when device makers properly name their bluetooth devices. I hate having to search through indecipherable gibberish device names hoping to pick the right one. With The Phoenix 2, the name on the box is the name it goes by. I was able to connect via bluetooth with zero issues. The speaker uses Bluetooth 2.1, which is unfortunate; the 4.0 spec uses significantly less battery on both ends and seems generally more reliable.

Playback controls are contained on a directional single button at the top of the device, and have a satisfying click that can be felt and heard. Volume, scrubbing, and play/pause work as expected, but I was left wanting with the function button. The button, which shows the company logo, essentially functions only to pair the device. I would have liked to see this button also open Siri or OK Google functionality and answer phone calls.

The build quality is quite nice, especially for the price point. The exterior is plastic with a soft touch rubber coating for nice grip. The indicator LEDs are built into a bezel around the control button which makes for a subtle appearance. Unlike most bluetooth speakers, the speaker grilles use a pleasant cross pattern cutout and uniform black packing for a nice change of pace. The cube-shaped box will fit in with pretty much any decor (unless you’re in a Victorian mansion). Our review unit had a minor gap between the top section and the rest of the housing, but you have to be looking at the unit from directly above.IMG_4069The combination forward/back and volume up/down sometimes get confusing: skipping forward or back is a single click, while holding adjusts the volume. If you’re used to turning your speakers or phone up by a single click, you’ll be in for a bit of a surprise when you try that here.

The sound out of the device is better than expected, but with the compact size of the device, don’t expect to see a hair trick. Sound is delivered via three drivers, two 40mm drivers out the sides and a 50mm bass driver that is just above the built-in platform at the bottom for optimal acoustics. You can turn the speakers up to fill a medium-sized room, but maxing out these small drivers will inevitably bring with it some distortion and the lows and mids tend to get muddy.

At middle volumes, this speaker performs well across the frequency range with audible mids, highs that don’t get tinny, and lows that are surprisingly full from such a small package. As you can expect, The Phoenix 2 sounds great when faced with vocal and acoustic performances, but struggles slightly with low headroom pieces that span the frequency range.

Battery time is reported at 8-10 hours of playback time, and while we haven’t put that claim completely to the test, we have run the device at 50% volume for most of the workday without any signs of stopping. Despite the longevity of battery life, we would liked to have seen some kind of battery indicator.

The Phoenix 2 is a respectable piece of kit with clear intentions: a wireless speaker that will move around with you, mostly at work or at home, but isn’t really intended for being constantly on the move. The speaker sounds great and is easy to use, and is priced competitively for the specs it offers.

Check out The Phoenix 2 on Beacon Audio’s website.

Top 5 Splitscreen Games for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

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Sometimes you have some downtime when hanging out with a friend, but there’s nothing to do…Until you pick up one of these awesome games that two players can play on a single screen. Rustle up some healthy competition with these splitscreen games….Loser picks up the tip!

 


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Ten is tic-tac-toe on steroids. In any of the three modes of the game (single-player, online multiplayer, and in-person multiplayer), you are playing multiple games of tic-tac-toe in an even larger game of tic-tac-toe. Strategy and thinking ahead is the name of the game in Ten. Each of the nine spots on the field is its own game, and when you play a spot on one of the smaller games, the next turn happens in the spot you picked. An easy to play game that is hard to master.

 


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From the makers of Minigore, Ice Rage puts you on the ice to play hockey with your friends either online or in person. Using the on-screen joystick, you skate around attempting to get the puck and shoot it into their goal…complete with goalie. You can even steal the puck from opposing players and make a run for it.

 


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OLO puts a whole new spin on the classic air hockey style mobile game. In what is essentially a mashup between shuffleboard and air hockey, the objective is to pass your pucks to the opposing player’s side without bouncing it back. You can also try and hit the other player’s pucks out of your own side to keep their score below yours. OLO can be played either online or in person, but playing with someone in the same room makes the game that much more fun.

 


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Lub vs. Dub is not your regular running game. Sure, your screen520x924-2character is running and you attempt to avoid obstacles, but Lub vs. Dub is more like an advanced (and less exhausting) version of grabbing the shirt of a person you’re having a foot race with. In the traditional black vs. white, you are racing to beat your opponent in this split screen runner game, while trying to avoid obstacles that will slow you down, and pick up hearts that build to powerups that either slow your opponent down, or give you the advantage in some way.

 


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The classic real life two-player game also makes a great iPhone game as well! Especially when you can’t play in real life. Though there is a campaign you can play through in 8 Ball Pool, there is, of course, a pass-back two player mode where you try to pocket your balls before you friend (I.e., mortal enemy) does. The intuitive controls of 8 Ball Pool makes this game perfect for killing some time while waiting for a movie or on a road trip.

Five Products That Are Way Too High Tech

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Technology these days has invaded almost every part of our lives, whether we like it or not. Even our refrigerators are WiFi enabled. But it seems as though some device manufacturers have gotten a little too trigger happy when it comes to creating products that follow this trend. Some things probably don’t need to be “connected” or high-tech. This author personally feels that the following items definitely fit comfortably in that category. Let’s do it: [Read more…]

Top Five iPhone 6 Plus Wallpaper Websites

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This year’s crop of new iPhones from Apple come with two new iPhone screen sizes: The iPhone 6 at 4.7 inches and a resolution of 1334-by-750-pixels at 326 ppi, and the iPhone 6 Plus with a 5.5 inch, 1920-by-1080-pixel resolution screen at 401 ppi. So of course that means it’s time to update your wallpapers! You don’t want to be stuck with the default wallpapers that Apple provides, do you? Of course you want to customize your brand new device with some sweet new backgrounds personalized to you.

 


Papers.co

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Papers.co has one of the cleanest designs for a wallpaper website. Every image is tagged, which means the site is searchable so that you can find the perfect image. And every image has a crop for almost every device, including the iPhone 6 Plus


iPhoneWalls

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As the name suggest, iPhoneWalls is a website exclusively for iPhone wallpapers. Find awesome wallpapers using the dozens of categories or see the top viewed or downloaded wallpapers.


iPhone HD Wallpapers

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Another great site for finding wallpapers that are pixel-perfect for iPhone 6 Plus, you’ll find beautiful imagery that is perfectly sized to work with the parallax effect on iOS 7 and 8. With lots of different sorting options, you can drill down to find the exact kind of image you want for iPhone wallpaper.


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This simple, clean website features gorgeous images that are sized perfectly for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. The website hand curated and updated constantly.


Wallpaper Awesome

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Wallpaper Awesome includes hundreds of beautiful wallpapers in more than thirty categories so that you can find the perfect image to match your style or mood. Each wallpaper is pixel-perfect for your new iPhone 6 Plus. Saving these images to your phone to use is a pinch: simply find the image you want, click through to the wallpaper’s page, and touch and hold the image to save to your camera roll.

Top 5 Car Mounts for Galaxy Note 4

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The heyday of dedicated GPS navigation (and their generally bad maps and directions) devices is long gone, but people still need to find where they’re going, right? With constant data connections, and up-to-the-minute accurate maps and traffic detection, the modern smartphone is probably the easiest way to get where you’re going. But you want to stay safe (and legal) while using navigation hands-free. DailyAppShow has found the most convenient ways to get your Samsung Galaxy Note 4 visible, secure, and away from your hands so that you can concentrate on driving.


iOttie Easy One Touch

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  • Easy one touch mounting system locks and releases the device with just a push of a finger
  • Super sticky gel pad sticks securely to most surfaces (including textured surfaces), yet is still easily removable
  • New telescopic arm adds 2 inches to allow for closer device viewing
  • Two step locking lever provides additional mounting support for multiple surfaces

Koomus Vent Mount

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  • Stretchable clamp can hold from 1.5″ to 3.5″ wide
  • Full 360 degree rotatable, can be mounted with any thick or thin protective cases on it
  • Easy mount using Push in Technology
  • Can be tilted to create optimal angle at eye level view
  • Compatible with all Samsung Galaxy and all other smartphones

Cellet Phone Holder

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  • Easy expandable back button helps securely accommodate the size of your smartphone
  • Heavy duty arms with 360 rotation capability allow flexibility
  • Extra-large suction cup with lock button conveniently attaches to dashboard, windshield or any other smooth surface and easily removable
  • Effortless maintenance of suction cup by wiping with a damp cloth
  • Holder with sponge pads can hold devices up to 3.5 inches wide

Mountek nGroove

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  • Firmly and safely mounts cell phones and other devices
  • Comes already assembled and ready to use with a strong, sturdy grip thanks to rubber-reinforced insertion blade. Super-tight but simple blade system involves just a thumbscrew and tightening wheel
  • Insert directly into a front-loading CD player slot and still easily control your device from the driver”s seat. Or insert into a dashboard groove to keep your CD player accessible. No suction cups, no clips, no screw, no glue
  • Sophisticated ball joint adapter allows for fine-tuning your display angle for maximum viewing comfort while driving

AmazonBasics Windshield and Dash Mount

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  • Super strong suction
  • Fits Any Smartphone or GPS
  • Fits Tablets up to 10″
  • Compatible with Skins and Cases
  • No tools required
  • Easy to install

Prepare for the Apocalypse With These Free Zombie Games for Android

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Halloween is coming, and so is the apocalypse! So obviously the best way to prepare is by playing zombie-centric games on your android device, right? Right. Check out the best free zombie games that the Play Store has on offer right now in DailyAppShow’s Top Five:

 



Into the Deadintothedead

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In a world overrun with the Dead, you have survived… but for how long? Into the Dead throws you into the gruesome world of the zombie apocalypse where there are no second chances. Do what you have to in order to stay alive, keep moving as fast as you can, and protect yourself by any means necessary. When the Dead are rising, run!

 



SAS: Zombie Assault 3sas

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Elite SAS operatives handle the darkest missions, the worst hot zones – things we are not meant to know. Inserted without backup, either alone or as a 4 person squad, you will be sought by the walking dead, by hordes of unspeakable numbers. Your only option – paint the ground with every last one of them.

 



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Grab your phone/tablet, get in control and bring infected horrors down. Your interface is zombie-shooting ready. An epic single player campaign awaits you with more than 5 hours of story gameplay. Space is cold and full of horrors. Throughout the campaign you will find new weapons and money to upgrade your armory. Discover the mysteries of the ESS Meridian, and wander around its impressive environments with intense background music.

 



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The war between humans and zombies continues. So many heroes have already fallen, but you’ve managed to survive. Don’t pat yourself on the back just yet because danger is around every corner. You need to do all you can to resist the walking dead and rescue as many survivors as possible. It’s a brand new gaming experience that’s unlike anything you’ve played before!

 



Minigore 2: Zombiesminigore

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You must help John Gore fight his way through sunny lakes, graveyards and freezing plains into a stormy forest. The legendary Metusalem has brought to life murderous chefs, giant lumberjacks, killer penguins, a single moose and the entire undead army of the Cossack General.