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Review: Nomino, the Social Game to Challenge Your Friends

Remember how fun game nights are? You and a few friends get together to play cards or a board game or some other group game (Taboo has always been a favorite of mine.) Nomino is a new social game that leverages your social network and the ubiquitous practice of posting photos online to recreate that “party game” feeling in an easy and fun way.

Nomino is a simple question-and-answer game, where a captioned image is your single clue to the answer. Players get to add their own Nominos to the database too in an effort to challenge (and possibly stump!) their friends and other players. That’s where the party game comes in: who doesn’t like to challenge their friends with trivia? You post a Nomino, share it on Facebook/Twitter/other social media, and your friends from everywhere and anywhere try to rise to the challenge. This is the first game I’ve played in recent memory that positively leverages social sharing as part of the experience (in contrast, too many games on iOS and Android require obtrusive, bothersome sharing in order to earn currency or something – whereas the point of Nomino is to share the challenge.)

Players earn coins for answering and creating Nominos. Those coins can be redeemed for free stuff from corporate partners, adding further value to play. As of this writing, there’s only one prize (a $10 Starbucks gift card), but I’m told that they’re working on other partnerships for more prizes. Currently, the coin redemption rate is pretty damn inflated (that $10 gift card is a whopping 240,000 points), so I’m almost worried at seeing the exchange rates for gear and prizes that are more than $10 in value. Regardless, these are prizes that can be earned simply by playing a free game – even if it’ll take quite a while to earn something really good, you can’t argue with free.

Hit the jump for the full review!

More Than Words on a Page: Experiencing the Story with NARR8

These days, I consume my comics exclusively digitally. I certainly still hold a nostalgic love for enetering my friendly, neighborhood comic shop and picking up a trade or two, but you can’t quite fight the convenience of picking up your tablet and letting your fingers do the walking.

Yet, most digital comics are exactly that — the comic book page digitized onto the screen of your choice. While adequate, it’s, frankly, pretty boring.

NARR8 provides a noteworthy exception to that otherwise stagnant landscape.

Designed specifically for mobile consumption (with more platform support coming down the pipe), the Russia-based NARR8 seeks to open a content channel focused on interactivity and experience, as opposed to merely reading words on a page.

NARR8 hosts almost two dozen various series, each containing a number of episodes, purchasable using in-app currency on the device of your choice. The stories’ genres run the gamut — action, sci-fi, nonfiction, even children’s edutainment are represented among its offerings. Regardless of genre, each story capitalizes on interactivity to keep the reader’s experience engaging: through motion panels, minigames, or other special effects. Given the capabilities of the multi-core tablets/phones all of us carry these days, it’s almost surprising that few (if any) other companies are seeking to maximize on the technology the way NARR8 does.

Darya Trushkina, Senior Vice President of Business Development at NARR8, was kind enough to respond to an email interview with us to talk about NARR8: how it differentiates itself from other platforms, what titles she considers “must read,” and how the biggest winner at NARR8 could be you by generating revenue from your published work.


For those who don’t know, would you please explain what NARR8 is, and how it differentiates itself from other digital content services?

Darya Trushkina: NARR8 is a mobile app that is redefining the way we read, create and share content by presenting an engrossing 15-20 minute interactive reading experience complete with animation, music, sound effects, and gamification and interactive features that bring stories to life like never before. NARR8 features motion comics, graphic novels and educational periodicals in a slew of genres – action, sci-fi, horror, romance, and children’s content. NARR8 is available on iPad, Android, Amazon, Windows 8, Facebook, and now, for web browsers. It’s a completely cross-platform app, so you can create a single NARR8 account, load it up with some episodes, and use and of the above platforms to resume reading exactly where you left off.

NARR8 App Available on Android, IOS, and now on Web

Hit the jump for the full interview with Darya Trushkina, talking about all things NARR8!

NFL Mobile and NFL Redzone are coming to Verizon

Sorry, Sprint, you just got hosed. According to Engadget and PRNewswire, the NFL has announced a partnership with Verizon to bring NFL Mobile and the NFL RedZone to Verizon phones starting next month with live draft coverage. The draft coverage will include a live stream, on-demand NFL Network analysis, live