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Sponsored App Review: GAMEO GameBox

December 12, 2014 - Written By Tom Dawson

Description: GAMEO GameBox is an Android app that is all about making things easier for you. GameBox is exactly what it sounds like, it’s an icon that you put on your homescreen which shows you all of the games installed on your device, neatly sorted by how often you use them. That’s it. Wonderfully simple GameBox takes away the pain of having to create a folder, drag all your existing games to it, and then drag new games to it every time you get a new favorite game. GameBox is here to not only help you declutter your homescreens, but also help you discover new games, too. Read on to see how.

How it Works: Just like all those games that you have lying around on your phone or tablet, you’ll need to download GAMEO GameBox from the Play Store. Once you’ve done that, just add the icon to your homescreen and then click it, you’ll then be presented with a folder with all your games on it.

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The GAMEO service that GameBox feeds into is a great way of discovering new games and that’s where those suggested game icons are coming from.

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To see how it looks on tablets, here’s a look at it on my Nexus 9.

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Opinion: GAMEO’s GameBox is really, really simple and you know what? I couldn’t be happier about that. I like minimal software design, and I prefer it when apps work for me, rather than needing me to do all the work. When Android added folder support natively in Android 4.0, it was great, but there was a catch. We had to create these folders ourselves, and while that sort of control is the point of Android, putting 20 or so games into a folder is boring, and it takes far too long on all the major launchers for Android. With GameBox though, every game you have on your device is right there, with your favorites front and center. Making it super-easy to get to Fruit Ninja (my modern day Tetris) or your little one’s latest favorite. The suggested games are a little annoying, but I’d rather this than annoying ads, and this is a nice sneak peek at what GAMEO itself has to offer. Besides, the app is free, so I can’t blame the developer throwing in a suggested game or two.

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Ratings

  • Speed (4/5) – You never have to do anything with GameBox, just launch it from your homescreen. Quick to setup and quick to get to your games, GameBox can help you get playing quicker than ever before.
  • Features (4/5) – Sure, this is simply a box that organizes your games, but you know what? For some people that’s *exactly* what they’ve been looking for.
  • Theme (4/5) – It blends in with Android with little to no hassle and it just works as any other folder would, keeping the overall look of your phone uniform and tidy.
  • Overall (4/5) – A super-simple app that does exactly what you want it to do, GameBox is a neat application many will wonder why they did it by hand in the past.

Pros

  • Free to use, with only a suggested game or two – some which you might like – as ads.
  • Blends in with Android, and won’t look out of place next to other icons or folders on your homescreen.
  • Great for heavy gamers, as well as adults with lots of their kids games installed.
  • Neatly feeds into GAMEO, a game discovery service that can help you find your next favorite.

Cons

  • It’s basically a folder app, and if that’s too simple for you, then this won’t do it for you.
  • The suggested games are subtle, but I can see why some might find them a pain.

Conclusion: GAMEO’s GameBox is a delightfully simple app and while for some that might be turnoff, it works brilliantly to get your games all organized in the right place. It can also help you declutter your homescreens and it makes it even easier to get to your games on your tablet or smartphone. It feeds into the GAMEO discovery service quite nicely as well, and even if it is brutally simple, it just works, and works well.

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