Fresh Android Apps for Nov. 2: netMemo, Elemental, Duke Nukem 3D

by Ian Black

What’s old is fresh again! Today’s list includes the original first-person shooter gangster Duke Nukem in the classic tale of love, loss, and alien abduction called Duke Nukem 3D.

For quick voice memos, try netMemo Plus Voice Rec. Blue and for a cool puzzle mash-up, download Elemental.

netMemo Plus Voice Rec. Blue ($3.00)

This voice recorder app isn’t exactly new but it has been repackaged and updated in this new release. The main point: To capture and save those crucial “notes to self” when you’re on the go.

The app prides itself on the fact it requires only two touches for you to record and store your audio messages. When you launch the icon from your Android apps screen it immediately starts recording. To exit and have your voice message forwarded to your personal email (pre-set when you first download the app), just tap once more.

The app comes in different colors if you want a separate reminder sent to your work email, for example.

Elemental (Free)

How do you create new objects from only fire, earth, air, and water? It’s Elemental, my dear Watson!

This game looks like a mash-up of Sudoku and Alchemy. Here, you have a segmented board into which you must strategically place the four elements to create the new objects represented there. A countdown timer adds some excitement to the puzzle.

Connect to OpenFeint to share your achievements with the world. The game features English, Spanish, and Portuguese language support.

Duke Nukem 3D ($0.99)

Jump into the “way back” machine and take a ride with a first-person shooter from the 1990s. It seems aliens need earth’s women and Duke Nukem aims (figuratively and literally) to stop them.

This replicates the 3-D version of the original game (one in a numerous bloody series of Duke Nukem releases) as an Android mobile app. Expect a variety of guns, explosive devices, and “The Mighty Foot” where Duke kicks stuff.

Those who played the original will enjoy the nostalgia and newcomers will marvel at all the first person shooter standard clichés that Duke Nukem (and Doom) started, including the “tough guy” one-liners that Duke says as he kicks alien butt and anyone else that gets in his way.