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If you grew up in the 70’s, 80’s or even the 90’s you have probably visited an arcade to play some classic games. Among the various games there is always some sort of spaceship shooting-style game. If you enjoy this style of game and are ready for a challenge, Vector Wars is the game for you!
With an interesting back-story, a great tutorial and tons of upgrades and achievements, this game will have you going for hours. Can you beat my high score of 83,350? Good luck!
To get more information about this great app, we asked the developer, Lloyd Summers of FileArchiveHaven, a few questions.
“Top-down style space shooter w/ Gamepad Support”
Where did the idea come from?
The game came about as a video game demonstration of Unity, but quickly become more of a game made out of passion. My intent was to create an invigorating and challenging game from the ground up that gives users the opportunity to compete against each other for high scores on cross platform, while utilizing a third-party framework for Unity that I hadn’t used before.
It took approximately 80 hours to develop the first iteration of the application.
I invested another 20 hours, returning to development and adding Gamepad support for Moga, while pushing it to 3 more platforms.
I did a follow-up cycle after working with the Unity3D team to isolate and resolve any remaining critical BlackBerry 10 issues in Unity before they removed BlackBerry support from their Unity development packages.
I’ve since invested another 20 or so hours on a revised and more polished version for WiiU, Xbox One and PS4.
Who are your ideal customers?
Gamers, casual users or anyone looking for a fun and quick game that reminds them of the arcade days. It is very much targeted towards the arcade feel.
Why should customers buy your app?
The development cycle I’ve been using for Vector Wars makes BlackBerry my main platform for development, with Android about one week behind and all other platforms a few weeks later. The best testing and earliest releases are always available on BlackBerry first, with BlackBerry hardware being the primary testing candidate for maximum compatibility.
As a result, this ensures that the best experience goes to both BlackBerry 10 users, followed by the Priv users, and finally all other platforms.
Additionally, all funds earned from Vector Wars are being used to pay for expensive development systems including BlackBerry hardware and development consoles such as the Xbox One and PS4 development kits (I’ve already purchased the consoles for WiiU!).
If you were looking for an app like this, look no further and get it now.
Together with this app we are recommending a few other applications available on BlackBerry World:
Every PRIV smartphone comes pre-loaded with the brand new DTEK by BlackBerry, designed to help you manage and protect your privacy with ease. Security might seem complicated, but securing your personal data doesn’t get any easier than this. DTEK automatically monitors apps and processes in real time to provide an overall security rating for your device, with an interface that is easy to use and simple to understand. Using deep modifications to Android enabled by even deeper security expertise, DTEK protects your privacy in three easy steps.
DTEK’s intuitive visual interface lets you see your device’s security at a glance. The app looks at things like screen lock, factory reset protection and remote device management to assign an overall rating: Excellent, Fair or Poor. DTEK also tracks your applications to see whether they:
Take pictures or videos without your knowledge
Turn your microphone on
Send a text message
Access your contacts
Access your location
DTEK’s Advanced Tools track when your personal information is accessed, how often and for how long.
Step 2: Alert
Notifications are a great way to keep track of what apps are doing on your PRIV. Whenever an app accesses sensitive functionality, you’ll see a notification pop up with info on what just happened. These notifications can keep you informed whenever apps access your personal data or things like your Camera or Microphone.
You can configure individual notifications for each app and each sensor. You can disable notifications for apps that you trust and enable them for others. Or you can configure DTEK to always notify you if there’s a particular piece of functionality you’re worried about (e.g. your Contacts or your Location).
Step 3: Control
If your device’s security rating shows up as Fair or Poor, DTEK will help you improve it. For example, you can:
Enable a screen lock: Protect your PRIV with a password, PIN, pattern or Picture Password. This is one of the easiest and most effective ways to protect yourself.
Improve your malware protection: Google Play is a great way to download apps since it automatically screens for malicious software and potential privacy concerns. You can scan for security threats on the device and you can choose to disable unknown sources so that your PRIV only downloads apps from the Google Play store.
Enable Factory Reset Protection: If your PRIV is ever stolen, one of the first things the thief will want to do is to reset it to Factory settings in order to remove the screen lock. Factory Reset Protection ensures that the thief cannot reset the device without your Google account information. This is both an effective theft deterrent and a great way to make sure that your data isn’t accidentally wiped by someone using your device.
The Power is in Your Hands
DTEK gives you the power to control your mobile privacy in a simple and intuitive way. It helps you understand the security of your PRIV and take the necessary steps to improve it. By tracking when apps access your personal information, you get full visibility into what’s happening and can make better decisions on which apps to use and when to use them.
One of the complaints about Android has been fragmentation, which applies to security as well as user experience. Today, there are lots of small companies offering “hardened” Android implementations that purport to offer enhanced security and privacy. Unfortunately for buyers, there does not exist today an independent means to evaluate vendor security claims in any scientific way. It comes down to: whom do you trust?
At BlackBerry, we avoid denigrating other people’s products or making misleading comparisons. We would rather explain the technical details of our solution and allow buyers to judge based on those details as well as past performance of delivering on our claims.
In our PRIV security and privacy blog series, we have outlined the major prongs of BlackBerry’s Android security strategy, of which OS hardening is just one piece. BlackBerry’s security incident response strategy (including rapid patching) is one example of how buyers must consider not only the device but also the company behind the device and that company’s past success and commitment to putting your security and privacy first.
Indeed, with daily breaches of personal information and a widespread media focus on the debate between encryption and lawful access, it has become fashionable for consumer tech companies to claim unwavering support for your privacy. Your trust is not something that can be cajoled with an essay or bought with advertising dollars; it must be earned over time, by a steadfast dedication to and successful track record in protecting your information while it is under the supervision of our devices, applications, and cloud.
BlackBerry has delivered for over a decade while others promise. Fifteen years of mobile devices protecting the privacy of your messages, contacts, phone calls, e-mail; trillions of instant messages securely and privately delivered; protecting your valuable information across all walks of life, nations, and industries – privacy is deeply interwoven into BlackBerry’s DNA and is top of mind for all of us who work every day to bring you a productive, fun, and secure mobility experience.
Now let us talk about a few more of those technical details, including a discussion around Android versions.
PRIV initially shipped with Android Lollipop (L) 5.1.1. Google has released Android 6 Marshmallow (M) to device makers, and BlackBerry is in the process of integrating the new release. Marshmallow adds a number of security enhancements. However, when it comes to “hardening” Android, BlackBerry’s special sauce includes numerous additional improvements independent of the Android version number, such as:
Improvements to the Address Space Layout Randomization (ASLR) security technique that are not in Android L or M and make it far more difficult for malware – even something like Stagefright – to exploit Android software bugs.
Improvements to the SELinux mandatory access control policy system not in L or M.
The Pathtrust utility, which goes above L or M in ensuring that untrusted code cannot be introduced into the system dynamically via malware.
Hundreds of hardening improvements to the Linux kernel and Android service framework to enable features like DTEK, our new app that helps you protect your own security and privacy.
Tamper-proofing of critical security parameters.
Cryptographic improvements, including the use of BlackBerry Certicom certified-FIPS 140-2 security compliant cryptographic library and other techniques that improve upon the Android password’s protection against brute-force attacks.
Support for smart card authentication and other enterprise-specific features that benefit business users.
Of course, there is a lot more to be said about business users. BlackBerry is the only company to provide not only a top-of-the-line secure Android device but also a top-of-the-line Enterprise Mobility Management suite. Enterprises around the world use BES12 to manage all endpoints, not only BlackBerry devices, but also phones and tablets running iOS, other Android implementations such as Android for Work and Samsung KNOX, and Windows Phone.
BlackBerry’s goal is to provide solutions that make users – both device users and IT professionals – more productive, efficient, and secure, and this means a cross-platform suite of management, communication, and collaboration software that is mobile OS and device agnostic.
Whether it’s Android Lollipop or Marshmallow (or future flavors), PRIV represents the state-of-the-art for Android security and privacy, incorporating BlackBerry’s technology, experience, and proven commitment to security and user privacy that is simply unmatched in the mobile world.