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Fresh Android Apps for Mar. 5: Roku, HEIST The Score, Zombie Lane

by Ian Black

I have a Roku device so I’m excited to try to the fresh Roku Android app this week. I may never have to fight for the remote ever again!

In games, check out Heist The Score to take part in a 1920’s bank robbery and Zombie Lane for building a homestead among the undead.

Roku (Free)

Do you have a Roku device connected to your TV? If not, this free app might sweeten the proposition for you. This fresh app lets you control several Roku devices from your Android phone.

Switch channels, choose and start movies or show episodes, all from your touchscreen. The best feature? Typing text input over your Android’s keyboard is much easier than using the Roku’s standard on-screen text input where you have to cursor over one letter at a time to search on a channel, movie or TV show name. The one constraint is that your Android and your Roku must be on the same Wi-Fi network.

HEIST The Score ($0.99)

Nothing beats the suspense and thrill of a heist. That’s why so many Hollywood movies use this as a plot line. This first-person shooter game lets you in on the action – and the destruction – of a bank heist gone horribly wrong.

“Get in. Get the combination. Get to the vault and get out!” you’ve been told. But the situation in the 1920’s prohibition-era bank is not what you were led to believe and your fellow mobsters may been more like “loose canons” than you first thought. Grab your weapons and shoot your way to the loot and then out of the bank so that you can survive this score. Expect professional voice-overs, a “destructable” environment, and motion capture-based cut scenes.

Zombie Lane (Free)

Imagine FarmVille overrun by zombies. In this fresh release from Digital Chocolate, you must make do under the very worst of circumstances – a global zombie infestation. This means you’ll have to make fence repairs to keep the undead off your property, go fetch food and water since all public services abruptly ended, and generally protect your family and stop the zombies from eating all your brains.

Use a shovel, a shotgun, and other crafty weapons you construct yourself to keep the zombie population down. Gather rewards as you complete missions and use them to make repairs and get more gear. In your downtime, customize your character with a new wardrobe and accessories.