Six (6) Android Games You Should Play Now not Tomorrow

Got a new device? You need to get some new games. Here are some quick recommendations for great Android games. Some are familiar from other platforms. Some are free. Some are paid, and some have specific hardware requirements. All are listed here.
1.  Minecraft Pocket Edition
Why it is great: Minecraft is an entertaining block-building and survival game. You can play either in creative mode where you build and invent things in your own randomly generated world or you can play in survival mode where you use your wits and resources to survive against the creepers who come out at night.
Note – this does not connect with your main Minecraft account if you play the computer version of the game.
Play for yourself or keep it around to entertain kids. (Turn off in-app purchases if you do this.)
Minecraft is a paid app ($6.99) but you can find occasional sales, in-app purchases run from $0.50 to $1.99.   More »
2.  Lara Croft Go
Based on the popular Tomb Raider series and developed by Square Enix, Lara Craft Go is a relatively simple but very addictive puzzle game you can take with you. The puzzles are designed for short bursts of play, so pull it out in the doctor’s office waiting room or while riding the bus home.
Lara Croft Go sells for $4.99 but is occasionally on sale for $0.99. It allows in-app purchases. If you like this game, you can also check out Hitman Go, which is also from Square Enix.  More »
 
3.  Buttons and Scissors
This is a free puzzle game where you try to cut matching color buttons off of a square of denim. Mechanically this feels similar to Bejeweled, but not completely the same. The logic puzzles offer great challenges for players of all ages.
The other big advantage to this game is that it does not require any connectivity. You can play this game on devices that aren’t connected to Wi-Fi or in that signal dead spot.
Buttons and Scissors is a free download but allows in-app purchases.  More »
 Did you want to try out the new trend in adult coloring books, but you don’t want to carry around coloring pencil and a coloringb book? Try out this app instead. It’s appropriate for kids or adults, and while it’s not the same as coloring in an actual coloring book, it is still very satisfying.
Mandala Coloring Pages is free (with ads) but also allows in-app purchases.  More »
Yes. You can play an Android version of Portal. This is a real console game. As such, it requires a real console. This version will only work on the Nvidia Shield version of Android TV.  The Nvidia Shield starts at around $199 but allows you to stream movies and play Android games on your TV.
Portal starts at $1.99 but this is “introductory pricing.”  More »
If you have a phone with a fast processor and terrific screen display, you can take it for a ride with this virtual reality game. This is a first-person shooter where you aim at balloons. You’ll need Google Cardboard. This is an inexpensive accessory that you can either make or buy for around $15 and will turn your phone into a virtual reality device. Obviously not a game you can play while waiting in a doctor’s office (unless your doctor is awesome) but a fun novelty game to play by yourself or after having one of your friends try on the headset.
VR Cardboard Shooter 3D is a free download.  More »









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How to Add a Parallax Effects to any WordPress Website

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Parallax effect is a modern web design tool that aims to engage your audience and keep it on your WordPress website for a longer time. Basically, parallax effect is created by the difference of the scrolling speed between a background image and an overlay content. Background image scrolls much slower and this difference creates an illusion of depth for the whole user`s impression on your website`s design.

Parallax effect is widely used within most of the modern premium and free WordPress themes. It is especially popular for portfolio type of websites and some small business web representatives. These types of websites prefer to use the landing pages over and try to impress a user from the first sight and keep him or her engaged through the whole content of the page which could be very long-scrolling and contain lots of content blocks.

Today we will pay our attention to the process of creating parallax effect on any WordPress website. We will consider three of most effective ways to create parallax effect: with the help of WordPress themes, plugins and CSS coding opportunities.

PREMIUM WORDPRESS THEMES WITH PARALLAX EFFECT

Nowadays there are thousands of premium WordPress themes that includes parallax effect as one of the feature from a long list. We will share the most prominent (and best selling) examples of such themes with you in the section below. Observe and choose that best suites the needs of your potential audience and website`s style.

Enfold — Responsive Multi-Purpose Theme

Enfold is a really versatile premium theme that can cover every need of a WordPress admin. The theme includes a wide variety of ready-to-use content: from icons and color schemes to full demos for different websites` topics. Here you can choose the prepared page demos with parallax effect and build your own design with easy and beginner-friendly visual editor.

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Bridge — Creative Multi-Purpose WordPress Theme

Bridge is also a multipurpose tool but with the focus on creative personalities and their web projects. These theme is perfect for portfolio web sites and other online representatives. It uses parallax effect as one of the important tool for creating ready-to-use page demos and as the opportunity to use the effect as the additional for your own design. Bridge also offers wide variety of options for online stores and web magazines.

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Jupiter — Multi-Purpose Responsive Theme

Jupiter is the premium WordPress theme that aims to provide the easiest tools for building your own web designs for sites and blogs. It also includes lots of predefined page demos as the examples of what you can do with Jupiter and the basis for your own unlimited creativity. Jupiter uses parallax effect as one of the basic tools for creating perfect portfolio websites, online stores and magazines, and lots of other types of modern websites.

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WORDPRESS PLUGINS FOR CREATING PARALLAX EFFECT

If you already have the WordPress theme you like very much and do not want to change, than parallax effect can be added to it by means of various plugins. There free and premium option of WordPress parallax plugins and we will show you the examples for the both groups. The choice is yours, as always.

The Parallaxer WP — Parallax Effects on Content

The Parallaxer WP is the premium tool for your WordPress website. It allows you to easily set up parallax effects on images, videos and sliders. The plugin also supports mobile versions of your web design with parallax effect. This tool uses the shortcode generator for easy and fast addition of parallax effect onto your WordPress website. It is also compatible with Visual Composer plugin, which gives you unlimited possibilities to create your own backgrounds for parallax effects.

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Advanced WordPress Backgrounds

Advanced WordPress Backgrounds is the free tool for creating parallax background of your own. This plugin will add a special button to your WordPress post editor called by the name of plugin — Advanced WordPress Backgrounds. By clicking this button, you will open the menu for setting up effects on background images. Here you can select the image from a gallery, set parallax type and speed. After making all the selections the shorcode for the parallax effect will be automatically added to your WordPress post.

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CHANGING CSS TO ADD PARALLAX EFFECT

The process of changing CSS for adding parallax effect to your WordPress website may seem difficult for novice users, but in fact it is pretty easy to handle even without web development knowledge and skills. You need to do 3 simple steps for adding background image with parallax effect to any of your WordPress website`s pages or posts.

First of all, download the image you want to use as the background to your WordPress media gallery. Than copy file URL in the image`s menu. You will need this URL for inserting to CSS file responsible for the parallax effect.

Second step includes adding the following HTML tags inside your WordPress post or page: div class=”parallax” and div class=”parallax-content”.

And finally the third step is to copy the following CSS code to a new file, save it with .css expansion and download it to other WordPress theme`s files via FTP:

.parallax {  
background-image: url("http://example.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/my-background-image.jpg");
height: 100%; 
background-attachment: fixed;
background-position: center;
background-repeat: no-repeat;
background-size: cover;
margin-left:-410px;
margin-right:-410px;
}
 
.parallax-content { 
width:50%;
margin:0 auto;
color:#FFF;
padding-top:50px; 
}

Do not forget to change the URL to the right one from your gallery. After that you can visit your WordPress website to see the changes!

FINAL WORDS

We hope that these pieces of advices will help you to create a modern and beautiful WordPress website with parallax effect. And we also hope that both you and your users will enjoy the result of such changes!

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