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Oxicash: Killer News For N-Gage Fans Across India

If you are in India and like N-Gage, here’s some good news for you. You will now be able to buy your favourite N-Gage titles without the need of a credit card. Nokia and Oxicash have partnered to make it easier for you to get hold of your favourite titles at pretty attractive rates.

Killer News For N-Gage Fans Across India

Users can now purchase titles online, via SMS, or via WAP. Rates vary from Rs. 49/- for a 1 day pass to Rs.199 for a 7 day access and Rs.299 for the full version.

This a very welcome move, but I’m not sure how  many people will actually end up using this. The ideal method in my mind is to introduce a coupon based purchase system, with game coupons available at every Nokia Priority Dealer. The coupons may be game based or generic.

But till that happens, you have Oxicash.

Prince Of Persia Now Out On N-Gage

I rarely write about games here on The Symbian Blog but Prince of Persia is a game I have played since the time I was a kid and have an affinity for it. The good news is that the game is now available on N-Gage via the N-Gage application’s showroom tab. Select “Options” and then “Update Now” to see it.

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The Prince is back in a new kind of adventure in full 3D where cooperation with the mysterious Elika will let you perform actions never before seen on a mobile device. Partnered with Elika, prepare for amazing acrobatics and fight gigantic monsters in 360° with a mix of magic and electrifying combat techniques! To save the world from a magical menace that has contaminated everything in its path, you must be ready for anything: ride a dragon, swing from precariously high ropes, and fight a multitude of enemies in gigantic 3D environments full of traps and secrets to discover.

The game is a 24MB download and takes 33MB to install. Here are a few screenshots to give you an idea of the graphics on the game. (via CJ)

Prince Of Persia

Go play!

Want Free S60 Swag? Become A S60 Ambassador

Apologies if the title of this post sounded like an advertisement, it is  not! I have been keeping pretty busy these last few days and because of that I couldn’t inform you in time about the latest S60 Ambassador campaign called N-Gage: Level 2.

Want Free S60 Swag? Become A S60 Ambassador

Sadly the maximum number of slots for the campaign are already filled and no more people can join, but that’s not why I am writing this post. I am writing this to urge the ones who are not yet ambassadors to join the WOM program.

Why am I asking you to do so?

For the simple reason that I want to see more and more people know what S60 is all about and the amount of stuff they can do with their phones. Phrases like Symbian and S60 shouldn’t just be reserved for geeks and a normob should know that his phone runs an OS and that chances are that it is S60. Plus for doing this you get cool S60 swag and even free N-Gage games in certain campaigns, amongst other things. For example Clinton Jeff received:

  • 1x Evening with S60 T-Shirt
  • 1x Portable Screen Cleaner
  • 1x S60 branded Pen
  • 6x S60 Laptop stickers
  • 2x S60 branded Notepads
  • 1x 4 Port USB
  • 1x Wallet card-sized USB Memory Card
  • 1x Dirk Dagger And The Poochie Predicament Comic

Just for joining in. I’m sure you can get lucky too! I know I REALLY want all that swag! The credit card size USB drive is really handy.

The thing about being an S60 Ambassador is that for all these cool rewards you actually need to do almost nothing that you usually won’t. All you have to do is have a chat with friends, family, strangers, whoever about S60 and/or a specific aspect depending on the campaign. Just make sure you mention that you are an S60 Ambassador. Next, simply write a quick report on what was said, positive or negative. It doesn’t have to be long and detailed  or follow a fixed format, it should just convey the point. That’s it, register now if you already haven’t.

Image by Clinton

Asphalt 4 Now Out On N-Gage

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I am not a huge gaming person, but I like the odd racing game and I definitely had a good time with Asphalt 3 on the N85. That left me waiting for more and I’m pleased to say that the new Asphalt 4 is now available via the Showroom section on the ‘on device client’, you might need to use the update option to see the game there.

Asphalt 4 brings support for the multiplayer mode over Bluetooth, 28 cars and bikes to choose from, a new drift engine for a more realistic experience amongst other things. The game is about 12MB in size and the demo is short, so you won’t have much gameplay to base your US$13.49 purchase decision on.

N-Gage Faceoff: N96 v/s N85

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N-Gage has become a very integral part of Nokia’s Nseries range of devices, so much so that they have even positioned the N85 as a gamer’s device by giving it the tagline – ‘Gaming Now Made By Hand’. In this post we put the N96 against the N85 in order to find out if its the best gaming device after all. Aspects such as the screen, keypad and battery amongst other have been covered. Read on to find out which is the better N-Gage device.

SCREEN

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The N85 is much smaller than the N96, what this means is that it packs smaller keys and well as a smaller display. The N96 boasts of a 2.8″ screen while the N85 comes in at 2.6″, they both have the same 240×320 resolution though. This alone means that the screen on the N85 will look slightly better, but that’s not all.

The N85 comes with an AMOLED screen that is capable of greater brightness and deeper and sharper colours colours as compared to the already good looking LCD of the N96. The real world impact this has on the display is profound. Have a look for yourself.

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All in all, it comes down to size v/s quality. The difference of 0.2″ is important for me, however once I see the two side by side – the better display wins me over. However, if I had not gotten used to the N85’s screen, the N96 would have been a definite pick in isolation.

KEYS

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Owing to the difference in size, the gaming keys on the N85 are much smaller than those of the N96. This might become an issue for people with large thumbs, but for the rest of you it will be no problem. The tactile feedback of the buttons on the N85 is also better.

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As you can see above, my thumb has a greater resting area on the N96. While I enjoy the extra space on the N96 very much, I can’t say the smaller keys of the N85 have been a problem. Its a question of getting used to them.

As far as the Navi Pad is concerned, its a clear win for the N96. The N85’s Navi Wheel is hard and during the first few hours of gaming it can get downright uncomfortable. With time its impact has lessened, but the thing is that it should have been taken care of in the first place itself.

OTHER CONSIDERATIONS

There are certain other factors that also impact the gameplay on a device. The primary being battery life. What is the point of having a killer gaming machine when its battery runs out super quick or where you need to compromise on other features because gaming drained the battery took much? This is something where the N85 again takes the lead with its 1200 mAh battery as compared to the N96’s 950 mAh.

Next, the N85 comes with 15 titles pre-installed and a code to convert anyone of them to a full version. This is specially convenient when you are new to gaming or downloading titles is a problem for you. The N96 on the other hand comes with a specific free game, it may or may not be one that you like.

VIDEO

Here is a video of the N96 and N85 running a demo of ‘One’ on N-Gage.

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CONCLUSION

Although you may hate it, but I do not think I would be able to decide which device beats the other in terms of gameplay. Each has its advantages, the N96 with the bigger screen, keys and Navi Wheel performance while the N85 with its stunning screen and greater battery life.

Lastly, since most of the times the decision as to which handset to buy isn’t solely based on the gaming capabilities of a phone, the choice will also come down to personal preferences and the size of your hands!

Playing N-Gage (One) On The TV – N96 Challenge 3 Complete

If you recall, the third task in N96 Challenge to win you five N96 trials was to play a video on the TV via the N96’s TV-Out feature. The catch was that they want the projection needed to be full of ‘fireworks’, now of course they did not mean ‘fireworks’ literally.

I tried to rake my brain, read through some of the cool ideas you had sent in and still couldn’t think of an appropriate video to project. So with thought that was it time for the Ninja to relax and the N96 to perform, I shot the following video of my friend Sartaj, dressed up as the Ninja playing the N-Gage game ‘One’ with the N96 hooked up to the TV. (Technically, well within the parameters of the task).

The experience was suprising good, despite the slightly stretched graphics. I even had the music player playing the rocky soundtrack in the background, while we battled in One – this made for an even better gaming experience.

In case I do end up winning, he’s how I will distribute the 5 N96 Trials:

  • Two N96’s will be raffled away amongst the commenters on any post on the entire blog, starting today. Basically, all comments made today onwards on any post on the site will enter you into the big lucky draw, so make sure you comment to increase your chances.
  • I will also be writing about the upcoming challenge and one N96 will be given away to the person who sends in the best idea to help me complete the challenge. Write in via email or the contact form.
  • One N96 is reserved for the most creative amongst you, send in your thoughts/reviews/opinions on anything mobile and if we like it, it’ll be published here and you will get your N96.
  • The last N96 will be a mystery and the way to get it will be revealed if and when I win the challenge.