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Bulls & Cows version 3.1.5 released

I’m happy to announce that a new version of Guess a Number – Bulls & Cows is now available on Google Play

This release focus on stability, performance improvements and Android 13 support.

Bulls and Cows is a logical game for guessing numbers also known as 1A2B

Get it on Google Play

Bulls & Cows is a logical game for kids and adults, also known as Mastermind, 4digits or 1A2B. Your goal is to find the opponent’s secret number with a minimum number of suggestions.

On each guess the game announces the number of “cows” and “bulls” in your suggestion. If the matching digits are on their right positions, they are “bulls”, if they are on different positions, they are “cows”.

You can play Bulls and cows in two game modes: Single player or Against Android.

In Single player mode you try to guess a secret number. To win you must reveal your opponent number.

When playing Against Android you start by choosing your difficulty (easy, medium or hard) and entering your secret number. On the next turn your opponent generates
his secret number and announces the number of matching “bulls” and “cows”. Winner in this competitive game mode is the first person to reveal their opponent secret number.

You can make the game more challenging by choosing ‘hard’ difficulty and using five-digit or six-digit secret numbers. If you are stuck finding the secret number use a hint. To help you compete better Bulls & Cows features a draft (as we call it) where you can mark digits that you think are included or not in your opponent secret number.

If you fill like customizing there are many aspects where you can make it your own personal experience. You can for example change the theme,
or decide to play without zeroes. Check out settings…


Secret number: 8561
Opponent’s try: 3518
Answer: 1 bull and 2 cows. (The bull is “5”, the cows are “8” and “1”.)

Bulls and Cows is a logical game for guessing numbers also known as 1A2B Bulls and Cows is a logical game for guessing numbers also known as 1A2B Bulls and Cows is a logical game for guessing numbers also known as 1A2B

Bulls & Cows / Guess a number features:
* Single player and multiplayer game modes.
* Different difficulties: ‘Easy’, ‘Medium’, ‘Hard’
* Playing with 3, 4, 5 or 6 digits
* Ability to choose whether to play with leading zero in numbers, or disable zeroes at all.
* Hints to help you when you are stuck.
* Draft, where you can mark digits that you think are included or not in your opponent secret number.
* Analyzing your moves in the game history.
* Themes (dark ocean green, light ocean green, dark blue, orange, pink)
* Intuitive interface featuring Material design.
* Multi window mode (Android 7.0 and up)
* Notch (display cut outs) support
* Touch and sound effects.

Get it on Google Play

Retro FC Plus 168 in 1 games list

I recently felt nostalgic and wanted to play some of the 8-bit NES games from my childhood. Having an emulator such as OpenEMU that can run NES roms is great but owning a physical device is even better.

Thanks to AliExpress I acquired a portable 8-bit game console with 168 games build in. It’s clone of Game Boy Mini called Coolbaby RS-6 A or Retro FC Plus known by the user manual. It’s a cool little gadget which I will review in details later.

Coolbaby RS-6 A Retro Portable Mini Handheld Game Console 8-Bit 3.0 Inch Color LCD Kids Color Game Player Built-in 168 games
Coolbaby RS-6 A Retro Portable Mini Handheld Game Console 8-Bit 3.0 Inch Color LCD Kids Color Game Player Built-in 168 games

The complete list of 8-bit games was nowhere to be found so here it is or at least this is what came loaded on my device:

  1. Kung Fu Panda
  2. Jackal
  3. Rush n Attack
  4. Turtle Fighter
  5. Turtles 2
  6. Silk Worm
  7. Captain American
  8. Contra
  9. Super Contra
  10. Contra Force
  11. Double Dragon 2
  12. Double Dragon 3
  13. Hot Blood Story
  14. Hot Blood Wrestle
  15. Hot Blood Soccer
  16. Snow Bros
  17. Guerrilla War
  18. Chip Dale 1
  19. Top Gun Dual Fight
  20. World Cup Soccer
  21. Tetris 2
  22. Tank A1990
  23. Street Fighter V
  24. Tiny Toon 2
  25. Super Mario Bros
  26. Super Mario Bros 3
  27. Super Mario Bros 6
  28. Super Mario 14
  29. Adventure Island
  30. Adventure Island 2
  31. Cross Fire
  32. Jackie Chan
  33. Jungle Book
  34. Juuouki
  35. Kick Master
  36. Little Nemo Dream
  37. Mighty Final Fight
  38. Ninja Gaiden 2
  39. Ninja Gaiden 3
  40. Mitsume Ga Tooru
  41. Plants Vs Zombies
  42. Power Blade 2
  43. Batman
  44. Rockman 3
  45. Spider Man
  46. Tom Jerry
  47. Pacmania
  48. RBI Baseball
  49. 1942
  50. 80 Days
  51. Adventures Of Dino
  52. Adventures Of Lolo
  53. Adventures Of Lolo 2
  54. Aether Thgher
  55. Aladdin 3
  56. Angry Bird
  57. Argus
  58. Arkanoid
  59. Astro Robo Sasa
  60. Badminton
  61. Ballistic Hayhen
  62. Baltron
  63. Bananna
  64. Porter
  65. Bicycle Race
  66. Bokosuka Wars
  67. Bomb
  68. Buggy Popper
  69. Burai Fighter
  70. Bwings
  71. Challenger
  72. Chinese Chess
  73. Chubby Cherub
  74. Boat Race
  75. Defiance
  76. Destry I
  77. Dig Dug 2
  78. Dough Boy
  79. Dragon
  80. Dr. Mario
  81. Duck
  82. Elevator Action
  83. Exed Exes
  84. F1 Race
  85. Family Jockey
  86. Fire Dragon
  87. Flappy
  88. Flipull
  89. Football
  90. Galg
  91. Geimos
  92. Goodhand
  93. Goonies
  94. Gradius
  95. Gyrodine
  96. Gyromite
  97. Gyruss
  98. Harry Potter
  99. Hassle
  100. Hello Kitty
  101. Hokutono Ken
  102. Hovercraft
  103. Hydlide
  104. Ice Hockey
  105. Keroppi No Diabo
  106. Kung Fu
  107. Ladangel
  108. Lot Lot
  109. Mach Rider
  110. MagMax
  111. Metro Cross
  112. Mickey Mouse
  113. Mighty Bomb Jack
  114. Ms Pac Man
  115. Music Moment
  116. Ninja 2
  117. Pachi Com
  118. Pac Land
  119. Paperboy
  120. Pooyan
  121. Power Soccer
  122. The Legent Of Ka
  123. Circus Charlie
  124. Solomon S Key
  125. Spartan X
  126. TwinBee
  127. Donkey Kong
  128. Donkey Kong Jr
  129. Donkey Kong 3
  130. Bomber Man
  131. ExciteBike
  132. Front Line
  133. Galaga
  134. Galaxian
  135. Lode Runner
  136. Lode Runner 2
  137. Macross
  138. Tennis
  139. Ice Climber
  140. Dig Dug
  141. Pinball
  142. Space Invaders
  143. Super Chinese
  144. Field Combat
  145. Spy Hunter
  146. Spar
  147. Star Force
  148. Star Gate
  149. Street Frenzy
  150. Super Elf
  151. Surface Fire
  152. Swirl
  153. Tactful Monkey
  154. TNT (Bomberman with skin)
  155. Top Shot (Galaga with skin)
  156. UFO Race
  157. Under World
  158. Urban Champion
  159. Village Protector
  160. WarpMan
  161. Warrior Chase
  162. Warship
  163. What s up
  164. Wrestle
  165. Wrestling champion
  166. Yie Ar Kung Fu
  167. Zero Gravity
  168. Zippy Race

Alien Swarm 1.3


Alien Swarm version 1.3 is here. This release focus is on improving performance, fixing visual glitches and bugs. The idea behind it is to provide stable base for the upcoming major update of the game.

Version 1.3 Change log:
* The game feels and look the same on all devices.
* Fixed bug affecting 9.7″ tablets.
* Fixed crash happening when the aliens performs a group attack.
* ‘New life’ and ‘New high score’ notifications are more discrete.
* Game sound is more consistent.
* ‘New life’ indicator uses a space ship as an icon instead of a heart.
* The game now pauses when the notification drawer is pulled down.
* The game now pauses when a call is received.
* Updated ‘Google Play Services’ to version 9.2.1


Happy Blocks v1.0 open BETA

UPDATE: As of April 26, 2016, Happy Blocks is officially released to the public.

A public BETA version of my latest game ‘Happy Blocks‘ is available for testing. Any feedback will be greatly appreciated.

If you like, you may give it a try and give me your opinion in the comment section below or at support@vmsoft-bg.com.

Please note that this is a BETA version, so it may have a few bugs!



What ‘Happy Blocks’ has to offer:

Beautiful, well balanced, challenging ball and paddle game featuring 2 game play worlds with total of 150 levels, various power ups and power downs.
‘Happy Blocks’ features:
* 2 game modes – ‘Happy World’ and ‘Classic’ with total of 150 levels.
* 6 different game worlds.
* Mini Games
* 8 different power ups and power downs (‘Mega Ball’, ‘Ball Split’, ‘Extend paddle’, ‘Shooting’, ‘Shrink paddle’, ‘Slow ball’, ‘Glue’, ‘Boom’)
* Horizontal and vertical bombs to help you clear the level quickly
* 25 different type of collectibles to help you unlock the mini games.
* 35 achievements for unlocking
* Leaderboards
* Levels where your objective is to kill flying enemies
* Saved games – save your progress on one device and continue playing on another
* “Optimized for your device” graphics
* Keyboard and tilt support.
* Cheering music and sounds

Notes on playing ‘Classic Mode’
Classic mode is unlocked after completing the 120 levels in ‘Happy World’, in this game mode you start from the beginning when you loose all of your lifes. In classic mode new life is gained every 8000 points.

Playing with keyboard:
‘P’ key will pause / resume the game.
‘Space bar’ will release the ball from the paddle.
‘Left’ arrow will move the paddle left.
‘Right’ arrow will move the paddle right.

Heroes III on GNU/Linux

UPDATED: 18.07.2014

I’m long time fan of Heroes Of Might and magic series. Especially Heroes III. Today I decided to spend some time playing it on my OpenSUSE box.

This article is not about running Heroes III under Wine, it’s about installing the GNU/Linux version produced by Loki Software years ago, under modern GNU/Linux distribution.


1. Get a copy of the game. Since Loki is no more, the game cannot be ordered from them, but there are chances that some copies are still available on eBay or other online store. Google “Heroes III Linux”, for other ways of obtaining the software.

2. Download the latest patch (1.3.1) from here.

3. Install the game.

This step requires “root” privileges on the system. Open a terminal and become super user by typing



sudo -i

hitting the Return key and providing you password.

NOTE: You may install the game as your normal every day user. It will be installed in your home directory, and only playable by you, or the users from the “users” group. Depends on how your system is configured.

If you are installing from CD, mount it


to the mount point and run

sh setup.sh

This will start the game installation process. Follow the onscreen instructions.

If during the execution of the a bought command you get error message like the one below:

This installation doesn’t support glibc-2.1 on x86_64 Please contact Loki Technical Support at support@lokigames.com

you are trying to install the game on a 64-bit GNU/Linux distribution. To start the setup program type:

linux32 sh setup.sh

During the setup process you will be asked what part’s of the game you want installed on your hard drive and witch one the game should look for on the CD. I recommend full game installation. This can be achieved by answering Y on the following questions:

Install Base Install? [Y/n] Y
Install Scenarios? [N/y] Y
Install Sounds and Graphics? [N/y] Y
Install Music? [N/y] Y
Install Videos? [N/y] Y

4. Applying the patch.

The patch downloaded in step 2, is the latest patch for the Linux version of Heroes III. It fixes some game play bugs like playing the game on full screen. To install the patch:

4.1 Open a terminal, and go to the folder containing the file heroes3-1.3.1a-unified-x86.run. Become a super user (see step 3) and type

chmod +x heroes3-1.3.1a-unified-x86.run

After executing the a bough commands you probably will get the following error:

Verifying archive integrity...OK
Uncompressing Heroes of Might and Magic III 1.3.1a Update......................................tar: A lone zero block at 12620

./update.sh: line 56: loki_patch: command not found
The program returned an error code (1)

As the error message says the loki_patch command is not found. To overcome this problem, download loki_patch from here and save it in the directory where you downloaded heroes3-1.3.1a-unified-x86.run.

Make it executable by typing:

chmod +x loki_patch

Now it’s time to extract our HoM III update. Run the following command:

./heroes3-1.3.1a-unified-x86.run --keep

The installer will fail with the error mentioned previously, but passing the –keep parameter to the patch executable, forced the installer to keep the update files. Type ls to see the directory listing. You should have a directory called heroes3-1.3.1a-unified-x86. Our task is to replace the loki_patch version contained within the update with the one we have downloaded. Execute the following sequence of commands to replace loki_patch and start the update process.

cp loki_patch heroes3-1.3.1a-unified-x86/bin/Linux/x86/loki_patch
chmod +x heroes3-1.3.1a-unified-x86/bin/Linux/x86/loki_patch
chmod +x heroes3-1.3.1a-unified-x86/update.sh

For 64-bit GNU/Linux distro run:

linux32 ./heroes3-1.3.1a-unified-x86/update.sh

Follow the onscreen instructions. Close your root session by typing exit.

The game is now installed and patched to the latest version available.

NOTE: If during the installation of the patch you get ERROR: No matching delta for /usr/local/games/Heroes3/heroes3.dynamic don’t worry, the patch is installed. You can verify it by executing heroes3 -v. The output should says:

Heroes of Might & Magic III 1.3.1a

Type heroes3 and press enter to start playing. Type heroes3 –help, to view the available command line options, or review them below.

Heroes 3 command line options.

# heroes3 --help
Linux version by Loki Software, Inc.
Support - FAQ: http://faqs.lokigames.com/
          Web: http://fenris.lokigames.com/

          E-mail: support@lokigames.com
          Phone:  1-714-508-2140 (9-5 PM US Pacific Time)

Usage: heroes3 [options]
     [-h | --help]           Display this help message
     [-v | --version]        Display the game version
     [-f | --fullscreen]     Run the game fullscreen
     [-w | --windowed]       Run the game in a window
     [-s | --nosound]        Do not access the soundcard
     [-c | --nocdrom]        Do not access the CD-ROM
     [-u | --update]         Run the Loki auto-update tool
     [-q | --qagent]         Run the Loki QAgent support tool
     [-x | --x11cursor]      Use the X11 hardware mouse cursor
     [-l | --logging]        Enable logging

You can use the HEROES3_DATA environment variable to force the
Heroes III installation directory

NOTE: -u | –update and -q | –qagent does not work!

5. Known problems with the game.

There are some known problems with the game on modern GNU/Linux distributions as follows:

* No sound.

When starting the game you may see the following error:

Couldn't open audio:

The solution to this problem varies from distribution to distribution. Please consult your distro community. In some cases the sound just works.

* Random game crashes.

Sometimes the game may crash. It’s useful to start the game with the -l option, to enable logging. The log files are stored under ./home/<username>/.loki/heroes3.

6. Adding custom maps

Custom maps can be installed by copying them to .loki/heroes3/maps (available only for the current user) or in <game installation folder>/maps (available for all the users).

NOTE: <game installation folder>, by the means of this tutorial is /usr/local/games/Heroes3.

Happy adventuring :) . Tutorials about installing other Loki Software products will be available soon.