About Android Applications

Create a Goggle Play Account

If you already have a G-Mail account, Google Play is super simple to set up. Just add your G-Mail account.

 

You can see the basic information Google requires for a G-Mail account; your name, date of birth, and gender. Now just enter your username and password, make sure to write those down and keep them handy. Remember, your new Google E-mail, or G-Mail, is your username @ gmail.com. You can use this username to log into Google, or any of its services.

 

Once you accept the terms and conditions, you’ll be able to see the different options and services Google offers. You can skip past adding a payment for now.

 

Search the Play store and find new apps for your TV box.

Other great Applications for your MBOX TV box

Another great app is Plex. It is another media centre application like Kodi. But with Plex you can set up your content off site, like on your computer, and stream it directly through the Plex app on your MBOX.

 

The giant in the streaming industry is Netflix, and of course the MBOX has Netflix ready to go. So you can watch all the movies Netflix has to offer, right through the MBOX.

Keep safe on your Smart TV box use IPVanish VPN

We take privacy seriously, and one app to make sure you stay secure while using the MBOX is IP Vanish. IP Vanish is an application that will hide your IP Address, keeping you safe while you surf the web. Any onlookers, including your internet provider, will not be able to see what you’re watching or downloading.   IP Vanish also unlocks any content that is geographically restricted, bringing freedom of content to you.

 

IP Vanish requires an account, and is a subscription based service. While you don’t necessarily need it, the security you’ll feel with it, is priceless.

Using your built-in web browser to install applications

The MBOX also has the ability to install applications from your built-in web browser. At the top of the applications page is an icon that says Browser. Clicking Browser opens up a Google Internet Browser Page where you can download anything you want, directly to the MBOX.

Let’s do a few Google searches now. The Browser includes a pop-up keyboard, but if you have a programmable remote, you can use that as well. Let’s type in “Best Android TV Apps for Movies”. Immediately an entire list of apps that can be used on your MBOX are shown.

 

One of those apps is the YouTube Android application, let’s install it. From our search we can scroll down to the YouTube add-on for Android. Clicking on the link brings us to the install page. Depending on the app, the install page might be inside the Google Play store, or it will take you directly to the download file. In this case, you can just click the Install button, and YouTube starts installing right away.

 

Remember, what you install on your MBOX is completely up to you. As you can see from our Google Search, there are countless options to when it comes to deciding what’s on your MBOX Box.

 

APK installer, File Manger

We click on the file manager HD application. On the left hand side of the screen, you’ll see your downloads folder. Opening that folder shows you the two apps we just downloaded from Google. Simply click on the icons, and installation will begin.

 

Another application to search for your downloads is simply called, file browser. Opening File Browser takes you to the local disk icon, where you can open it and again see the downloads folder.

 

The APK Installer is the other method of installing downloaded applications from your downloads folder. You simply click the APK Installer, and it will search your local harddrive, as well a SD Card, or any external drive, for an application waiting to be installed.

 

Clicking on an application will bring up a prompt asking us if we’d like to install the app. Agree by clicking “Yes I would like to install the application”, and installation will begin right away. Let’s start the install now.

 

Once finished, we go back to the home screen where we can see all of our apps. You can see Spotify, which we downloaded from Google, and installed through the APK installer, is ready for you to listen to endlessly on your television.

 

How to uninstall Android Applications

The MBOX Box allows you full control over the content on your television. Certain apps make your cut, and others you just have to get rid of. Let’s go over how to uninstall an app from your MBOX. Click on settings, then click on the icon that says apps. This will open a window showing each application that you have downloaded. If you click on an app, a menu will appear which has the option to uninstall. Clicking on uninstall will bring up a prompt asking for your confirmation.

Aptoide app store for Android

Aptoide is another app store which you can use to install applications. Let’s hit the skip button for the registration part for now. As you can see, another long list of apps waiting for you to download them. Aptoide is almost as popular as Google Play, which makes it a great way to get even more content.

Best APPS for your MBOX Android TV

Popcorn Time

 

Watch movies and TV Series

Popcorn Time it’s a free software BitTorrent client with an integrated media player. This is a free alternative to paid video streaming services such Netflix.

You will find Popcorn Time a very easy to use platform with thousands of HD movies and TV Series. You can filter them by genre, trending, popular, top rated, release date, year and A-Z. After you select the movie / tv serie that you want to watch, you will find the sinopse, rating, trailer, and more info about it. You can then also select the quality (480p, 720p, 1080p) and subtitles language if you need subtitles.

Once you click to play, it will start download a small percentage of the video (torrent) upfront and then it starts streaming while the download it’s happening on the background. When you close the app, it will delete the download from your device.

You don’t need to learn anything to use this app, it’s even easier than Netflix.

Chrome Browser

 

Chrome Browser

Chrome it’s the native Android Browser and it normally comes pre-installed in the Android TV Boxes.
With chrome and an Android Box you will be able to navigate on internet using your TV.

Skype

 

Skype

Making video calls through a TV makes very much sense right? Be seated on the sofa, without a laptop in your lap or holding a smartphone and watching your friends or family in a big screen!

Youtube

 

 

Youtube

As youtube its a video streaming service it makes sense to use it in your TV. You can play some videos using Full-HD 1080p or even UHD 4K and the experience it’s obviously much better than play it in your smartphone or laptop.

TV Player

 

 

TV Player

With an Android TV Box you don’t need a TV service or a freeview box to watch uk freeview channels. There are many options to watch TV and one of the most reliable it’s TV Player that allows you to stream freeview TV Channels and more. BTW, it’s totally legal and FREE!!

TV Player channels:

  • BBC 1
  • BBC 2
  • BBC three
  • BBC four
  • BBC Red
  • ITV
  • Channel 4
  • Channel 5
  • REALLY
  • BBC News
  • Yesterday
  • Drama
  • Dave ja vu
  • 4 Music
  • CBBC
  • Cbeebies
  • Quest
  • Food Network
  • Fashion TV
  • Viva
  • Travel
  • BBC Parliament
  • CNN
  • QVC, QVC beauty, QVC extra, QVC style

And some more.
An alternative to TV Player is TV Catch-up, it worth to try.

Red Bull TV

 

 

Red Bull TV

Red Bull TV brings to your Android TV Box exclusive awesome videos from globetrotting adventures, music, entertainment and live events with the participation of the top athletes from around the world. Get amazed in the world of Red Bull with this app in your Android TV Box.

Vevo

 

 

Vevo

If you love music, this is a must to have app. The new Vevo app gives you a personalised music experience allowing you to pick your favourite artists and get notified when they launch new music videos, live sessions, interviews and more.

IPVanish VPN

 

 

IPVanish VPN

A VPN it’s a legal service that makes you anonymous to others when you’re connected to it. The best part is that you can select from which country you want your temporary IP to be. So if you want to stream US only streams you just need to connect to your VPN and select USA to be your mask. That will allow you to use any service allocated to US citizens only.

Retro gaming on Android TV Boxes

Retro gaming on Android TV Boxes. What is the best Android powered TV box for gaming?

Everyone loves all of the classic retro games. Well, here at 4MART we are no different. In fact we love them that much we have collated all of the best emulators and roms and info for you.
Well now you can play all the classics on you Android TV box or Android phone.
Do you miss the classic days of the console games Commodore 64 or perhaps the original playstation one. Pine no more. Using your browser on your Android TV Box or Android phone, follow the links below to start playing the classics. Download free emulates, free games, nintendo gaming roms.
First for Retro gaming on Android TV Boxes you need to download the actual emulator for your desired gaming platform. Then you can simply down load the various game stores to get all of the classic games.
If you are greedy and want it all, and let’s face it. Why wouldn’t you.Then simply scroll down to the bottom and download it all as a zip file.
Job done. Retro gaming on Android TV Boxes.
 

Emulators for Android download EMU DOWNLOADS
Android Game stores (has Android games and emulators built in)
Gaming controller APK’s

A TV Box gives you the opportunity to play the best Retro games ever created. This is our Best Retro Games for Android

Super Metroid

 

 

There aren’t many games to have ever captured the sense of bleak isolation as expertly as this SNES classic. As bounty hunter Samas Aran dropped into a desolate world, it’s an homage to Alien.  This also evokes the same gnawing tension as Ridley Scott’s cinematic horror, while the brooding, synth-led soundtrack prompted further shivers.

 

Super Metroid is an 2D, side-scrolling action-adventure game, which primarily takes place on the fictional planet Zebes—a large, open-ended world with areas connected by doors and elevators. The player controls Samus Aran as she searches the planet for a Metroid. Ridley, the leader of the Space Pirates stoled the Metroid. Samus can run, jump, crouch, and fire a weapon in eight directions. She can also perform other actions, such as wall jumping—jumping from one wall to another in rapid succession to reach higher areas.Meanwhile, the “Moon Walk” ability, named after the popular dance move of the same name, allows Samus to walk backwards while firing or charging her weapon. In addition, the heads-up display shows Samus’ health, the supply mode for reserve tanks, icons that represent weapons, and an automap that shows her location and its surroundings.

Super Mario Bros. 3

 

 

The first game of our Best Retro Games Part 1 is Super Mario Bros 3. Having pretty much invented the platform game, Nintendo reinvented it with the secret-packed Super Mario Bros. 3, then repeated it with Super Mario World. The two best side-scrollers of all time, it’s a heck of a job to separate them. The sprawling ambition of SMB3 or the invention of SMW? The Frog Suit or Yoshi? The Super Leaf or the Cape Feather? We’ve plumped for SMB3, but they’re so close to gaming perfection Android emulation.

 

 

 

Sensible Soccer

 

 

For a certain generation, football rivalry wasn’t just between Fifa and Pro Evo. It was the pace and banana shots of Kick Off versus the sharp passing game of Sensible Soccer. For our money, Sensi wins: it gave a glimpse at tiki-taka way before Barca made it fashionable

Outrun

 

 

Out Run is a 3D third-person racing game. The player controls a car, a Ferrari Testarossa Spider, from a rear third-person perspective. In contrast to other third-person racing games at the time where the camera is some distance above the horizon to see into the distance, Out Run places the camera near the ground, directly behind the car, simulating a Ferrari driver’s perspective view and limiting the player’s view into the distance.The road also curves and dips, which, combined with the low perspective, increases the challenge by making it difficult to see what is on the other side of a hill.

 

 

Super Mario Kart

 

 

Super Mario Kart is a kart racing game featuring several single and multiplayer modes. During the game, players take control of one of eight Mario franchise characters and drive karts around tracks with a Mario franchise theme. In order for them to begin driving, Lakitu will come in with the traffic light hanging on a fishing pole, which starts the countdown. When the light turns green, the race or battle officially begins. During a race, the player’s viewpoint is from behind his or her kart. The goal of the game is to either finish a race ahead of other racers, who are controlled by the computer and other players, or complete a circuit in the fastest time. There is also a battle mode in which the aim is to attack the karts of the other human players.

Tetris

 

 

It’s odd to think that a game centring on finding the best way to successfully arrange a group of coloured shapes should have been at its best when played on a machine that was incapable of displaying more than four shades of greenish-grey. But, regardless, the Game Boy version of Alexei Pajitnov’s opus was simply the perfect match between game and hardware.

Duck Hunt

 

 

The first one in our Best Retro Games Part 2 is Duck Hunt. A precursor to the modern first-person shooter, Duck Hunt didn’t allow you to blast zombies, mutants or even mutant zombies. But lowering the waterfowl population was just as satisfying. Perhaps it was the bundled NES Zapper – one of the finest lightguns we’ve wielded. Or maybe it was the chance to wipe the smirk off of that dog’s face.

 

Duck Hunt is a shooter game. Its objective is to shoot moving targets on the television screen in mid-flight. The game is played from a first-person perspective. It requires the NES Zapperlight gun, which the player aims and fires at the screen. Each round consists of a total of ten targets to shoot. Depending on the game mode the player selects prior to beginning play, one or two targets will appear on the scree. This happens at any given time and the player has three shots, or attempts, to hit them before they disappear.

More reasons to include this game in Best Retro Games

The player is required to successfully shoot a minimum number of targets in order to advance to the next round; failure will result in a game over. The difficulty increases as the player advances to higher rounds; targets will move faster and the minimum number of targets to shoot will increase. The player receives points upon shooting a target and will also receive bonus points for shooting all ten targets in a single round. Duck Hunt keeps track of the players’ highest score for all games played in a single session.

Duck Hunt has three different game modes to choose from. In “Game A” and “Game B”, the targets are flying ducks in a woodland area, and in “Game C” the targets are clay pigeons that are fired away from the player’s perspective into the distance. In “Game A”, one duck will appear on the screen at a time while in “Game B” two ducks will appear at a time.”Game A” allows a second player to control the movement of the flying ducks by using a normal NES controller. The gameplay starts at Round 1 and may continue up to Round 99. If the player completes Round 99, he or she will advance to Round 0. This is a kill screen (in “Game A”) where the game behaves erratically, such as targets that move haphazardly or don’t appear at all, and eventually ends.

THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: A LINK TO THE PAST

 

 

The second in our Best Retro Games Part 2  is an amazing one. If Super Metroid taught us to fear the unknown, Link’s epic quest made it exciting again. A top-down Hyrule rammed with secrets and surprises, it’s a delight to explore. Not least when you figure out how the light and dark worlds slot together. Unlike these days where you have a nudge if you stray too far, here you’re encouraged to get gloriously, hopelessly lost – and you’ll have a whale of a time doing so.

 

Instead of continuing to use the side-scrolling perspective introduced to the series by Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, A Link to the Past reverts to an overhead perspective similar to that of the original.The Link to the Past still uses mechanics and concepts from the original game. It also introduces new elements and innovations. For instance, arrows are now separate items, as bombs are in the original, instead of using a Rupee to fire an arrow.

More reasons to include this game in Best Retro Games

A Link to the Past also takes concepts from The Adventure of Link, such as the magic meter, which is used by items such as the Lamp. Control of Link is more flexible than in previous games. Now he can walk diagonally and can run with the aid of the Pegasus Boots (Pegasus Shoes in the GBA version). They improved Link’s sword attack to swing sideways instead of merely stabbing forward; this gives his sword a broader range and makes combat easier. Link swings his sword as the default attack in future Zelda games, although stabbing is also possible in the later3D incarnations.

Recurring items and techniques were introduced for the first time in A Link to the Past, such as the Hookshot, the Master Sword, the Spin Attack technique, the Flute (even though its icon is an ocarina), and the Pegasus Boots. Heart Containers that increase the player’s maximum health (hit points) in the earlier two games are present. Also, many are split into “Pieces of Heart”, four of which make up one Heart Container. Most of them are well hidden, adding replay value to the game. All dungeons are multi-level, requiring Link to walk between floors and sometimes fall through holes to land on lower levels.

A Link to the Past is the first appearance of what would subsequently become a major Zelda trademark: the existence of two parallel worldsbetween which the player travels. The first, called the Light World, is the ordinary Hyrule where Link grew up with his uncle. The second is what was once the Sacred Realm, but became the Dark World when Ganon acquired the Triforce. The Dark World is a corrupted version of Hyrule; the water is a dark, unpleasant blue-green color. In addition the grass is dead, skulls replace rocks and pots, and trees have faces.

More things about this game

People change forms in the Dark World based on their nature; without an item to prevent it (in this case, the Moon Pearl), Link turns into a pink rabbit. Each location in the Light World corresponds to a similar location in the Dark World. Usually with a similar physical structure but an opposite nature. E.g. a desert in the Light World corresponds to a swamp in the Dark World, a peaceful village in the Light World corresponds to a dilapidated town of thieves in the Dark World.

Link can travel from the Dark World to the Light World at almost any outside location by using the Magic Mirror. You can travel back to the Dark World again from the same location. He does that by using a temporary portal left behind on the map at the point where he reappears in the Light World. Otherwise, Link must use hidden warp locations throughout the Light World. He does that in order to travel from the Light World to the Dark World. Travel between worlds allows for puzzles in A Link to the Past that exploit structural differences between the Light and Dark Worlds. As Link may travel to otherwise inaccessible areas in one world by warping from parallel but accessible locations in the other world

Space Invaders

 

 

The first game in our Best Retro Games Part 3 is Space Invaders. Forget Gears Of War, Taito’s 1978 classic was the first cover shooter, as you attempt to fend off an extraterrestrial force. Your pulse would quicken along with the music as the aliens came closer, while blasting the flying saucer was as satisfying as a Call Of Dutyheadshot.

 

Space Invaders is a two-dimensional fixed shooter game in which the player controls a lasercannon by moving it horizontally across the bottom of the screen and firing at descending aliens. The aim is to defeat five rows of eleven aliens—some versions feature different numbers—that move horizontally back and forth across the screen as they advance towards the bottom of the screen. The player defeats an alien, and earns points, by shooting it with the laser cannon. As you defeat more aliens, the aliens’ movement and the game’s music both speed up. Defeating the aliens brings another wave that is more difficult, a loop which can continue without end.

The aliens attempt to destroy the cannon by firing at it while they approach the bottom of the screen. If they reach the bottom, the alien invasion is successful and the game ends. A special “mystery ship” will occasionally move across the top of the screen and award bonus points if destroyed.  several stationary defense bunkers partially protect the laser canon. The number varies by version—that are gradually destroyed by a numerous amount of blasts from the aliens or player.

Streets of Rage 2

 

 

Two players, two pads, too many fizzy drinks: the only way to play Sega’s bruising brawler was with a partner. It was a rival to Capcom’s Final Fight, but this game definitely had the edge, which was partly due to Yuzo Koshiro’s particularly memorable score.

 

A year has passed since the events of Streets of Rage. To celebrate the defeat of the mysterious ‘Mr. X’ and his syndicate the previous year, Adam Hunter, Axel Stone and Blaze Fielding met at their favorite nightspot in the city and spent their time reminiscing about their vigilante crusade against ‘Mr. X’ and his organization. Axel and Blaze had moved out of the city after the adventure from last year. In addition, Axel has begun working as a part-time bodyguard and Blaze teaches dance classes. Adam has since rejoined the police force and lives in a small house with his younger brother.

The next morning, Axel received a phone call from Eddie ‘Skate’ Hunter, Adam’s younger brother. Skate had arrived at home from school and was shocked to find his house in ruin and his older brother missing. Attached to the front door was a picture of Adam chained to a wall at the feet of Mr. X. The criminals began to retake the streets once more. Beatings and lootings took place regularly and in broad daylight. Chaos reigned in the city, far worse than before.

Street Fighter II Turbo

 

 

The last in our Best Retro Games Part 3 is a special game.It’s smoky arcades filled with old cabinets that have been left scarred from cigarette burns, and unused credits sliding down onto floors that are perpetually sticky with cheap, stale booze. Also, it is teaching friends how to do the perfect dragon punch motion. It’s beating that bigger kid by doing Blanka’s electric attack. It’s unlocking Akuma and then immediately losing half of your life bar within seconds. Apart from that, Turbo might be the definitive version of Street Fighter II, but whichever one you played, the memories will no doubt still vividly linger.

 

Super Turbo introduced several new gameplay mechanics not present in previous versions of Street Fighter II, including the addition of Super Combos and air combos. It also introduced the secret character Akuma, who would go on to become a recurring character in later Street Fighter installments and other Capcom fighting games.

Day of the Tentacle

 

 

The first game in our Best Retro Games Part 4 is Day of the Tentacle. No retro list would be complete without a classic point-and-click adventure. Apart from that, there’s none finer than Tim Schafer and Dave Grossman’s barmpot sci-fi. Tipping its cap to Fifties monster movies and Chuck Jones cartoons, its time-travel plotline affords you bizarre pleasures. Uproariously silly.

 

Day of the Tentacle follows the point-and-click two-dimensional adventure game formula, first established by the original Maniac Mansion. Players direct the controllable characters around the game world by clicking with the computer mouse. To interact with the game world, players choose from a set of nine commands arrayed on the screen. These commands include “pick up”, “use”, or “talk to”. They can also us it on an object in the world. This was the last SCUMM game to use the original interface of having the bottom of the screen being taken up by a verb selection and inventory; starting with the next game to use the SCUMM engine, Sam & Max Hit the Road, the engine was modified to scroll through a more concise list of verbs with the right mouse button and having the inventory on a separate screen.

Chuckie Egg

 

 

Another one of our Best Retro Games Part 4 is Chuckie Egg. Played at a faster pace than Donkey Kong, Chuckie Egg required pixel-perfect leaps. It was home grown, intense and satisfying.

 

More about this game

As Hen-House Harry, the player must collect the twelve eggs positioned in each level, before a countdown timer reaches zero. In addition there are piles of seed which may be collected to increase points and stop the countdown timer for a while. Otherwise the hens that patrol the level will eat them, causing them to pause. If the player touches a hen or falls through a gap in the bottom of the level, he loses a life. Each level is made of solid platforms, ladders and occasionally lift platforms that constantly move upwards but upon leaving the top of the screen will reappear at the bottom. Hitting the top of the screen while on one of these lifts, however, will also cause the player to lose a life.

Eight levels are defined and are played initially under the watch of a giant caged duck. Upon completion of all eight the levels you can play them again without hens, but Harry is now pursued by the freed duck who is not affected by the positioning of platforms. A second completion of all eight levels yields a third play through with both hens and the duck. A fourth pass introduces additional hens. Finally, a fifth pass has the duck and additional hens moving at a greater speed. If the player completes all forty levels then they advance to ‘level 41’ which is in fact exactly the same as level 33.

Gauntlet

 

 

This Atari masterpiece had four players crowd around a cabinet to finish its labyrinthine levels. Which is handy for elbowing someone in the ribs if they ignored advice about shooting food.

 

 

The players, up to four at once in the arcade version, select among four playable fantasy-based characters: The Warrior, Wizard, Valkyrie, or Elf. Each character has his or her own unique strength and weaknesses. For example, the Warrior is strongest in hand-to-hand combat, the Wizard has the most powerful magic, the Valkyrie has the best armor and the Elf is the fastest in movement.

Upon selecting a playable character, the gameplay is set within a series of top-down, third-person perspective mazes where the object is to find and touch the exit in every level.  You can locate an assortment of special items in each level that increase player’s character’s health, unlock doors, gain more points and magical potions that can destroy all of the enemies on screen.

The enemies are an assortment of fantasy monsters. This includes ghosts, grunts, demons, lobbers, sorcerers and thieves. Each enters the level through specific generators, which can be destroyed. While there are no bosses in the game, the most dangerous enemy is “Death”, who can not only drain a character’s health, but is difficult to destroy.

Sonic The Hedgehog II

 

 

The last one in our Best Retro Games Part 4 is a memorable game. Sega’s spiny speed merchant proved himself a worthy rival to Nintendo’s Mario with his Mega Drive debut. Apart from that, it was the spectacular loops, corkscrews and clever environmental tricks in the follow-up is the proof that his makers carried the same swagger. Also, with co-op partner Tails in tow (whose real name, Miles Prower, is one of gaming’s best dreadful puns) this blistering adventure was one of the finest two-player games of the 16-bit era and still leaves many of the modern Sonic games for dust.

 

 

The game’s two protagonists are Sonic the Hedgehog and his sidekick, Miles “Tails” Prower; Tails  has idolized Sonic as a child and wants to keep up with him. The game’s premise is similar to that of the original Sonic the Hedgehog. Sonic’s nemesis, Dr. Ivo Robotnik, is planning world domination with his army of robots, which he has placed animals inside, and the power of the seven Chaos Emeralds. However, this time he is constructing an armored space station known as the Death Egg. The goal of the game is to defeat Robotnik, optionally saving as many animals as possible and collecting all seven Emeralds. By default, the game ends with Sonic riding on Tails’ biplane, the Tornado. However, if the player has collected all of the Chaos Emeralds, Sonic, in his Super Sonic form, flies alongside it

MS Pac-Man

 

 

The girst game in our Best Retro Games Part 5 is Ms. Pac-Man. It introduced new maps and was harder. This gender-confused pill gobbler made for the most successful US-produced coin-op. Ms. Pac-Man is an arcade video game from the Golden Age. Illinois-based Bally/Midway Manufacturing corporation produced this game.

 

They released Ms Pac-Man in North America in January 1982, and is one of the most popular arcade video games of all time. This popularity led to its adoption as an official title by Namco by the creator of Pac-Man, which was released in the United States in late 1980. Ms Pac-Man introduced a female protagonist, new maze designs, and several other improved gameplay changes over the original Pac-Man. Ms Pac-Man became the most successful American-produced arcade game, selling 115,000 arcade cabinets.

Manic Miner

 

 

If you think modern games are too easy, this Spectrum hit is the remedy. All 20 screens host a clutch of wild and unpredictable hazards. If they released it now, it would have an easy mode and a dubstep soundtrack; best stick with the original.

 

At the time, its stand-out features included in-game music and sound effects. Also, it had high replay value, and colourful graphics. Of course, they were well designed for the graphical limitations of the ZX Spectrum. The Spectrum’s video display allowed the background and foreground colours to be exchanged automatically without software attention. Also,  the “animated” load screen appears to swap the words Manic and Miner through manipulation of this feature.

On the Spectrum this was the first game with in-game music. Something the believed to be impossible. They did that by constantly alternating CPU time between the music and the game. This results in the music’s stuttery rhythm. The in-game music is In the Hall of the Mountain King from Edvard Grieg’s music to Henrik Ibsen’s play Peer Gynt. The music that plays during the title screen is an arrangement of The Blue Danube.

Paperboy

Gaming’s great gift is allowing us to indulge in the kind of behaviour society frowns upon. Doing your job well got you the high score. In addition, flinging papers all over the place and subverting suburbia was cathartic.

Paperboy is a 1985 arcade game by Atari Games originally developed in 1984. The players take the role of a paperboy who delivers newspapers along a suburban street on his bicycle. The game was ported to numerous video game consoles and personal computers. The Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) version represented the first NES game developed in the United States. Also, the Sega Master System version represented the first SMS game developed in the United Kingdom. Paperboy was innovative for its theme and novel controls.

Pong

Atari’s take on table tennis brought the medium into the mainstream. Aside from its import to the industry, it’s a great game in its own right. Two dials, two bats, one ball.

Pong is a two-dimensional sports game that simulates table tennis. The player controls an in-game paddle. This is done by moving it vertically across the left side of the screen. Also, they can compete against either a computer-controlled opponent. The can laso compete with another player controlling a second paddle on the opposing side. Apart from that, players use the paddles to hit a ball back and forth. The aim is for each player to reach eleven points before the opponent. This gives the player the win.

Donkey Kong

The last game in our Best Retro Games Part 5 is Donkey Kong. The game that launched the career of a certain plumber, Nintendo’s 1981 arcade hit was pivotal. After failing the attempt to crack the US, president Hiroshi Yamauchi convinced young designer Shigeru Miyamoto to create a new game. Jumpman (renamed Mario, after the US arm’s landlord, for the game’s Stateside launch) and his simian nemesis gobbled enough quarters to keep Nintendo afloat and launch countless Kong spinoffs (pictured). The rest’s history.

The game was the latest in a series of efforts by Nintendo to break into the North American market. Hiroshi Yamauchi assigned the project to a first-time video game designer. His name was Shigeru Miyamoto. Drawing from a wide range of inspirations, including Popeye, Miyamoto developed the scenario. He also designed the game alongside Nintendo’s chief engineer, Gunpei Yokoi. The two men broke new ground by using graphics as a means of characterization, including cutscenes to advance the game’s plot, and integrating multiple stages into the gameplay.

 

Conclusion

Android  puts a greater emphasis on games than any other device. Instead of being relegated to a sub-menu, games appear on the same main screen as Android apps and recommendations.

Google has even built in some hooks for people who play games on Android phones and tablets. Because everything’s coming from the Google Play Store, you’ll likely be able to buy a game once and play it across all devices. Google is also supporting achievements, friends lists and cloud saves through its Google Play Games service, so you can switch between a phone, tablet and TV without losing any progress.

What are the best apps for Android MBOX 2017?

Plex Client
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The best games for MBOX – no gamepad required!

BombSquad

 

 

 

This is one of the most enjoyable games out there if you’re looking for something fast paced, easy to play, and ideal for groups. While you don’t need a hardware controller, you do need a phone or tablet to play the game since the remote alone won’t do the trick. It’s worth the effort though, especially if you want to get the whole gang involved. Grab the BombSquad Remote and you'll be right in the game, dodging pesky bombers and throwing your own combustibles.

There are plenty of in-app purchases, though the most worthwhile is the $2 one that will eliminate the advertisements that pop up after each gaming session. It's a pretty addicting concept, and one you'll be glad to have for the next time you want to kill off some time.

BombSquad (free)

 

Leo's Fortune

 

 

Even if you’re already played this game on mobile, you’re in for a great experience if you want to try out Leo’s Fortune on Android TV.

The experience translates very well to a larger screen. You control the nimble and fuzzy Leo with your remote, moving him to the left or right with the remote buttons and then holding down the center button to jump. The trick is to keep your thumb close to the side of one of the directional controls so can jump and move quickly. Just as on mobile, the game features great graphics and is an excellent challenge to play.

Leo’s Fortune ($1.99)

 

Badland

 

 

This is another title that is perfectly suited for play without a controller because of the relatively simple controls. Pressing down on the home button will cause the creatures to stay afloat in the strange and deadly world they must survive. Better yet, the developers are very quick with updates and new levels so it’s a game that you should be able to play for many months to come.

Unfortunately, the sequel Badland 2 isn't yet on Android TV. Hopefully it will soon make the leap, completing the package to make for some quality gaming on the biggest screen in your house.

Badland (free)

 

Smashy Road: Wanted

 

 

You're probably familiar with Crossy Road, where you take cute characters across roads and rivers, dodging cars and hazards in Frogger-like fashion.

Ramp that up a few notches and you have Smashy Road: Wanted. There are shootouts with other vehicles and death-defying chases that make for a great way to kill an afternoon with your Android TV. It's one of those nonstop gaming concepts that can be quite addicting as you try and get as far as possible without succumbing to your enemies. Sometimes imitation does make for a great form of flattery.

Smashy Road: Wanted (free)

 

Despicable Me

 

 

It’s hard not to love the Minions. This game is a little loaded down with too many in-app purchases, but it’s still fun and quick with a lot of action that will keep you trying to get past those inevitable spots where you'll get stuck.

It’s ideal if you want a game that just requires the remote, as all you need are the directional arrows to control the minions while they run their way through an obstacle course. You’ll need to avoid bombs, drops into the abyss, and other exploding debris in the race to collect as many bananas as possible.

Despicable Me (free)

 

Table Top Racing Premium

 

 

You can finally ignore your parents’ admonitions to stop playing with toys on top of the kitchen table. Table Top Racing Premium is an excellent challenge that injects some child-like fun to the racing genre. You control a series of cars that are in a racing battle throughout tables and other assorted furniture. You can control it pretty well with the remote that comes with your Android TV, as long as you’re willing to be quick since you’ll be making a lot of sharp turns and sudden moves in order to avoid flying off onto the wood floor. Then you'll really be in trouble.

Table Top Racing Premium ($0.99)

 

Pac-Man TV

 

 

It seems like you can’t find a screen out there that Pac-Man hasn’t ported to. (There’s even a watch face for Android Wear!) Given the simple nature of controlling the game, it's ideal for playing on your Android TV without a gamepad.

The key is quick action with your fingers, as it takes a little getting used to the remote controller compared to the traditional joystick or sliding on glass if you've played on a smartphone. But this edition, built specifically for televisions, is a great option and one that you’ll enjoy if you’re a fan of the old-school character.

Pac-Man TV ($0.99)

 

God of Light

 

 

If you're into the whole physics-based puzzler genre of games then you'll enjoy this title on Android TV. Not only does it make you think in order to connect all the light rays, but the graphics are pretty solid as well. 

The atmospheric music is one of those things that you can take or leave, but it's a good way to mix up your gaming if you've been playing too many action or racing games. While there's a free version, it's worth it to spring for the full edition in order to get an ad-free gaming experience.

God of Light HD ($0.99)

 

Hungry Shark Evolution

 

 

Yes, you probably shouldn't enjoy playing a game where you devour swimmers while they're enjoying a dip in the sea. But if you take take on the cognitive dissonance about the ethics here, you'll have a lot of fun playing Hungry Shark Evolution.

Just use your Android TV remote to patrol the waters for tasty humans that are swimming way too close to shark-infested waters. The more you chow down on human flesh, the greater number of sharks you can unlock. The game also taps into Google Play Games to sync up your progress across devices. You never know when the hungry shark will strike next.

Hungry Shark Evolution (free)

 

Sky Force Anniversary

 

 

Sometimes you just need to spend some time with a good old-fashioned shoot-em-up. That's where Sky Force Anniversary excels, with a combat mode that might take you back to classics like 1942

The gameplay is pretty much what you'd expect, but it's pretty enjoyable if you like the idea of engaging in aerial combat and dodging incoming blasts from the enemy. The later levels get pretty intense, so maybe do some finger exercises before you get started.

Sky Force Anniversary (free)

 

The best apps for listening to music

Google Play Music (free)

Google Play Music (free)

YouTube Music (free)

YouTube Music (free)

 

Spotify (free)

Spotify (free)

 

Apple Music (free)

Apple Music (free)

 

Shazam (free)

Shazam (free)

 

Amazon Music (free)

Amazon Music (free)

 

Vevo (free)

Vevo (free)

 

TuneIn Radio (free)

TuneIn Radio (free)

 

Soundcloud (free)

Soundcloud (free)

 

Pandora (free)

Pandora (free)

 

Tidal (free)

Tidal (free)

 

iHeartRadio (free)

iHeartRadio (free)

 

Things You Didn’t Know Android’s ES File Explorer Can Do

Getting Started with ES File Explorer

The user interface of ES File Explorer is quite intuitive, partly because of some similarities in the feature set with File Explorer for Windows and also because it does not require a complicated setup. The upper section of this app gives you overall information about the number of images, music, movies, apps, and summary of the storage used by these contents. It also features shortcuts for quick access to bookmarks, tools, and network related tools.

 

 

Slide the toolbar from left to right to highlight five interesting sections of this app. The “Favorite” section has a built-in app for browsing Facebook, YouTube, and Google services. The “Local” section allows you to explore your device’s SD card storage and modify and organize your files and folders easily.

The “Library” section allows you to browse and perform useful actions on your images, music, movies, documents, and apps stored in your device. The “Network” section has many options to let your Android device connect with your computer wirelessly. The “Tools” section is populated with useful utilities such as a download manager, SD card analyst, music player, and recycle bin.

 

 

Slide the toolbar from right to left to reveal a window manager page. From here you can create a new window, close the current window, and manage default window and clipboard settings. On the bottom section you’ll notice a toolbar wherein you can manage windows, do basic and advanced search, and create new file, folder, server, or FTP connections.

The options in the bottom toolbar can change depending on where you are in the app and what you are doing. For example — if you are in the network section and click “New”, then this app will tell you to add a new server.

 

 

 

 

1. Batch Rename Files or Folders

ES File Explorer allows you to rename files in bulk on your Android device. First go to the location where you want to rename files or folders, and then tap and press until you see a checkmark on the file or folder. When your first file is checked press the “checkmark” button on the app to select multiple files at once. Now tap the “Rename” button.

 

 

 

A new window “Batch Rename” will appear. You can assign filename + number, add a starting number, or you can add any name before your original filename.

 

2. Copy and Paste Multiple Times

ES File Explorer has a powerful clipboard which allows users to paste files and folders multiple times. Select your files and press “Copy” or “Cut” on the toolbar. Now paste that file in the chosen destination.

 

 

After you copied something press the “Windows” button on the toolbar and tap “Clipboard” on top right corner of the app to see the files stored in your clipboard. You can paste the contents of the clipboard to any directory as many times as you want.

Once you are done press the “Clear” button to clear the clipboard. If you exit from the app at that moment then your clipboard will be cleared automatically.

 

3. Search Local Files

ES File Explorer gives users an option to search files on their device by keyword or category. To search by keywords, click “Search” on the toolbar and type your keywords (such as mp3, text, PDF, and more) to search for files. To search by category click the “search icon” on the top corner and select the category (images, audio, video, apk, document).

If you can’t find your files for some reason you can perform an advanced search where you can search for files according to their size and the date they were modified or created.

 

4. Change Folder Properties

If you have rooted your device then you can use root explorer in ES File Explorer to change folder properties. Slide the toolbar from the left, go to “Tools” section and tap “Root Explorer.” Select “Mount R/W” to mount your system files as R/W. Then select your system folder and tap on “Properties” to change permissions.

 

5. Change View and Sorting of Files and Folders

Just like File Explorer for Windows, the ES File Explorer app allow users to change the view and sort order of files and folders. Press the “View” button on the toolbar to change the view and sort as shown in the screenshot.

 

6. Open and Create Zip files on an Android Device

Compressing multiple files into a single ZIP file can be very convenient. Depending on what you’re compressing, it can significantly shrink the size of the files. If you’re storing lots of files locally on your Android device, compressing them can save your precious storage space.

If you need to send files over a mobile data connection then compressing them beforehand may also keep your data usage down. ES File Explorer can create and open zip files on an Android device easily and once you start creating zip files on your Android device, you don’t have to rely on your computer all the time.

7. Mount a USB Drive on Your Android

Most (if not all) Android devices use a USB connection for charging and transferring files, and thus conveniently work with pen drives, too. So if you’ve got photos and videos to transfer—or a movie to watch on a long plane ride overseas—you don’t have to limit yourself to a laptop or wait for the long transfer process. Simply plug in your pen drive and start watching the movie.

8. Stream Local Video From Your Android Device to a Chromecast

Most people know Chromecast because it lets you easily stream Netflix, YouTube, and other video services to your TV using your phone as a remote control. With a little help from the Chromecast plugin, available for ES File Explorer, you can send videos stored on your Android device to a big flat screen TV. To make this thing work, we have an article on how to easily cast local media files from Android to the Chromecast.

9. Edit the Hosts File on Your Android Phone

Like Windows, Android also has a hosts file to map host names to IP addresses. But if you want to block a particular website for your children, you can simply edit the hosts file by mapping the website name to localhost i.e., your own Android device.

You can get to your host file by browsing down to “device > system > etc >hosts.” Select the hosts file and choose “More > Open As” a text file. Now you can edit the host file using the ES note editor and put the localhost IP address (127.0.0.1) in front of the domain name of the website you want to block.

 

10. Create an Encrypted File or Folder with Password Protection

Android devices come with a whole bunch of security options, like passwords or visual pattern locks to stop others from accessing your device. But what if you need another layer of security for sensitive files? The best approach will be to encrypt those files with a password. Long press the folder and tap “More > Encrypt.”

 

 

Set your password and choose “Encrypt file name” if you desire. Press the “decrypt” button to decrypt all the files. Once decrypted the file won’t be encrypted automatically, you have to encrypt them manually. Check “Use same password for next encryption” so that next time when you encrypt a folder it will not ask you to set a password again.

 

11. Hide Media from the Gallery

For those times when your smartphone ends up in a friend’s hands, having the ability to keep certain content private could be considered essential. Being Linux-based, Android already offers a primitive and totally working solution for making certain files and folders accessible only to a file manager app, and nothing else. The first trick is to make a new folder and put a period in front of its name. It doesn’t matter how you name it, putting a period before the folder name basically tells Android to forget this folder and never look inside of that folder. This means files hidden inside won’t show up in the gallery or office apps and the like.

The second option is to hide the media file within an already existing folder by creating a “.nomedia” file inside it. To do this go to the location where all your photos are stored. Click the “New” button and select “File.” Now rename this file as .nomedia with no extension or quotations. This will hide all media from any app that tries to interact with them. ES File Explorer has a “Hide List” feature, but it is not a recommended method since it only hides the file from ES File Explorer but will still show up everywhere else.

 

12. Manage or Uninstall Multiple Apps at Once

ES File Explorer allows you to manage multiple apps easily. To uninstall multiple apps at once, slide the toolbar from the left and tap “Library > App.” From the address bar select “User Apps,” and then press and check the first app you want to uninstall. Keep checking other apps you want to uninstall and tap the “Uninstall” button. All of the selected apps will be uninstalled one by one.

 

 

If you want to extract the APK of a particular app, check the app and select “Backup” from the toolbar. Green means you have backed up the version you have installed. Red means the version you have backed up is older than the one you installed. Black means you haven’t backed up that app. APK files are a type of archive file in zip format packages based on the JAR file format. So if you have backed up a particular app as APK, you can extract their various resources such as images, sound files, and other assets.

 

13. Remove Pre-installed System Apps

To uninstall system apps slide the toolbar from the left, tap “Tools > Root Explorer” and select “Uninstall system app” from the pop up menu. A window will open with a list of all system apps, select the app you want to uninstall and tap “Uninstall” button.

 

 

If you have any doubt then you can also backup the app as well as their data. To do that tap “Tools > Root Explorer” and select “Backup app and data” from the pop up menu. Now select any system app you want to backup, you’ll notice that its data will backup as well. To restore app data go to “Library > Apps,” press “address bar” to switch from “User Apps” to “Backed-up Apps.” Select the app you backed up and install them with their cached data.

 

14. Take Control of Your Files and Folders on Android

If you have lots of files on your device then keeping a track on what is useful becomes quite tough. You don’t know which folder consumes the most space or how many files are stored in that folder. ES File Explorer has a unique feature called SD card analyst which will let you see the total disk capacity, the shared capacity, and the free space.

 

 

ES File Explorer has another useful feature called recycle bin to restore accidentally deleted files. Slide the toolbar from the left, go to “Tools” and enable “Recycle Bin.” Tap the button to go to the recycle bin page. Once you are in this page press the file or folder to either delete or restore them.

One very useful feature in Windows PC is that you can enable icons on folders to identify them easily. Slide the toolbar from the left and enable “Show icons on folder”. If you found any folder not associated with any app, then you have to set them up manually. Long press the folder and tap “More > Associate app” button. Select the app icon from the list of apps installed on your device and click “OK”.

 

15. Save Files Directly to Various Cloud Services

ES File Explorer allows you to save and access files directly from various cloud services instead of using the app, and it works with Dropbox, Box, SugarSync, OneDrive, Google Drive, Amazon S3, Yandex, Baidu NetDisk, and MediaFire.

Slide the toolbar from the left and choose the “Network” option. Click the “New” button and a list of all the compatible services will appear on the screen. Select the service you want to add and then authenticate your account with ES File Explorer. Now you can browse the remote file system and perform all the basic file operations like you would with your local files.

 

 

 

16. Browse the Files Stored on Your Android Device From the Computer

ES File Explorer allows you to browse Android device files right from the computer. If your computer and Android device are in the same WiFi network, then you can manage your device files wirelessly without a client. Slide the toolbar from the left and choose “Network > Remote Manager” to get to the remote manager page. Press the “Turn On” button and you will be given an FTP address starting with “ftp://”.

 

 

Type this address on the address bar of File Explorer on your PC to access the files on your PC. If you are using Mac, then from Finder click “Go > Connect to Server”. In the new window enter your server address and click “Connect”. The “Remote Manager” offers quite a few advanced options. You can change the port manually to any number from 1025 to 65534, if you desire. Click “Set Root Directory” to choose any directory of your choice. Click “Set Manage Account” and give any username and password you want. You will be asked for these credentials when you browse your device from a PC or Mac.

17. Browse and Transfer Your Files via LAN and SFTP

The LAN feature in ES File Explorer can stream media files, view remote pictures, and operate files between your Android device and SMB server. Before you begin, get your IPv4 address and make sure you are connected to Wi-Fi. ES File Explorer can access any shared folders on your LAN network, including from any other computers on the network.

 

To access your shared folder from the Android device, slide the toolbar from the left and choose “Network > LAN.” Click the “New” button and enter the details:

a. Domain: Leave Blank
b. Server: Type your IPv4 address
c. Username: Type the name of your current Windows User Account
d. Password: Type the password you use to sign into Windows when you start your computer

Now you can find all the computers on your network and access their shared folders easily. You can even perform all the basic file operations to move file and folders wirelessly from your Android device to the computer.

 

 

In a similar way you can use ES File Explorer to access your files on Mac and PC. On your Mac open “System Preferences”, select “Sharing”, and from the left hand pane check “Remote Login”. To the right you will see something along the lines of “ To log in to this computer remotely, type ssh computername@IP Address”.

 

 

On your Android device choose “Network > FTP” and select SFTP from the pop-up box. Now enter all the details:

a. Server: Put the address that you got from the Remote Login settings.
b. Leave Port as 22
c. Enter your credentials in the username and password box.
d. Leave Encoding as Auto
e. For “Display as”, choose any name as you wish

Click “OK”, and now you can access the files on your Mac from your Android device easily.

 

18. Browse and Manage Photos from a Remote Album

ES File Explorer lets you browse and manage photos stored on your Flickr, Instagram, and Facebook account easily. Slide the toolbar from the left and choose “Library > Images.” Click the address bar to switch the location from “Local” to “Net”. Click “New Account” and authenticate your account with any photo storage service you like.

 

19. Send Files or Folders to Other Android Device

The most convenient mode of file transfer between two mobile devices is Bluetooth, however Bluetooth is only useful when we need to transfer a few files of fairly small size. If you want to transfer a fairly large number of larger files then it can take lot of time.

You can send files from one Android device to another using the “Send by LAN” feature in ES File Explorer. To make this setup work, connect the two Android devices to the same Wi-Fi network. If you don’t have WiFi then you can even connect them with the device’s hotspot.

On the Android device that you want to send files from, select the files and tap “More > Send”. If both devices are connected to each other and ES File Explorer is opened on both devices, you will see the second Android device in the list. Now tap the “Send” button and the receiver will get an accept notification to allow the incoming file transfer. Send by LAN is also available in the share context menu, with this you can share files to other Android devices in single tap.