Category Archives: Android

As we wrote about a few weeks back, Google Play Awards returned for 2017, and today we have the winners, and there were some quite interesting choices. The award for Standout Indie went to Mushroom 11, which beat the likes of Reigns and Kingdom: New Lands. Best Multiplayer Game went to Hearthstone, beating Lords Mobile and FIFA Mobile Soccer, and the Best Game Award went to Transformers: Forged to Fight, which beat Pokemon GO, Choices, and Fire Emblem Heroes. I'm rather surprised about Transformers beating Pokemon GO, given what a huge phenomenon the latter was...

While Google announced a bunch of interesting new things at Google I/O 2017's keynote, much like WWDC, there's always interesting things coming out of other sessions. Such as, information the 2.0 software update for Google Daydream, codenamed Euphrates. There's two particularly interesting features to come in this update. One is that Google's trying to bring a lot more of the phone experience into Daydream. For example, you'll have access to normal phone functions via a 2D panel that can pop up while in VR. So, you can check notifications, see a web browser, and more while in VR. This sounds simple, but I think it's going to be key to mobile VR becoming important...




Google I/O 2017, the Google equivalent to say, Apple's WWDC, had its keynote on May 17th, 2017, and there was a few interesting things to come out of it. The big gaming-related reveal is Google announcing a standalone Daydream VR headset along with HTC and Lenovo. These will use a technology called WorldSense, which is described as inside-out tracking. While the headsets are still in the prototype phase, they're aimed for the "mid-hundreds range" in terms of pricing for the standalone headset. Check out what the WorldSense technology, which uses some of the advances of the Tango augmented reality technlogy, can do:..

Good news for Android players and fans of the Phoenix Wright series of games. Capcom has announced that Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies [$0.99] is set to hit Android later in May. The colon-then-hyphen title means you know it's getting deep into this series. The fifth game in the Ace Attorney franchise, you'll help out Phoenix Wright as he returns to action after Apollo Justice [$0.99]. The game features 3D graphics in the style of the original 2D art that came to define the Ace Attorney series...

'Super Sticky Bros.' is an Ascension Platformer From the 'Soul Knight' Developers

The developers of Soul Knight [Free], a rather fun top-down shooter if you haven't checked it out, are set to release their next game on mobile. Super Sticky Bros. is a vertical platformer, played in portrait mode, where you play as, well, a sticky bro. You're sticky enough that you can slide straight up walls, which helps because this is an ascension platformer! You'll have to bop enemies and dodge hazards on your way up, collecting coins and hitting checkpoints. Unlike Leap Day [Free], you don't pay in coins to unlock checkpoints, but can get shields to help you tak some damage on your way up...

OK Golf [$2.99] has continued expanding since its release, and today the game got online multiplayer and pass & play multiplayer as well as a whole new course. And, more importantly for many of you, the game is now available on Android. The online multiplayer mode has you taking turns with a friend and trying to complete a course with the fewest possible strokes. If you prefer to do your multiplayer games on the same device, the latest update lets you pass & play with up to three other players. In addition to this new mode, the game now has the luxurious Miami Palms golf course...

Rick and Morty is the greatest television show in history (it's a fact, Google it) and Pocket Mortys [Free] is the greatest Pokemon-like video game based on Rick and Morty (also a fact). We loved Pocket Mortys in our original review from January of last year, and it's only gotten better in the many months since then with a steady stream of content updates released for the game. Now, it's about to get even betterer as one of the key elements that would help it feel truly Pokemon-like, online battling, is apparently heading to Pocket Mortys and Adult Swim wants to recruit some beta testers for the new feature on Android...

Sometimes there's a good reason for games to go on sale. Usually a holiday, or an aniversary, or something similar. But Noodlecake has decided to do a sale just for the heck of it. They didn't use the word heck, but this is a quasi-family-friendly website, so y'know, you figure out what they might have said. Let's call it a Cinco de Mayo sale. The point is that they've got five games on sale for iOS for only $0.99 until Tuesday, May 9th:..

Good news for those who enjoy board games as the classic Race for the Galaxy [$6.99] is now available for iOS and Android. In this board game you try to advance your empire by playing cards to build technological developments or settle planets. As with similar Euro games, you try to have the most victory by the time the game ends, so you'll be trying to build a strong economy. You secretly and simultaneously decide which one of the seven phases you'll lock in, then you reveal your picks at the same time, and then execute the various phases in the order decided. You can take all kinds of action like investing in exploration to settle valuable planets or going down the military path...

If you've been looking for a fun adventure game to play, look no further than Her Majesty's Spiffing [$3.99], out today on iOS and Android. The game, which originally came out on PC, looks to sci-fi classics like Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, so expect plenty of British humor and general Britishness (which is totally a thing by the way). The game is the tale of Britain venturing into the stars with whatever crappy spaceship available. You play as Captain Frank Lee English as he takes to the stars aboard the subtly named HMSS Imperialise to boldly go where no British person has dared venture without tea before...

Amazon is shutting down their Underground Actually Free program. If you were on Android, it was a pretty cool service where, by using the Amazon app, there was a wide variety of games that could be had for no cost to you...ever. Paid games were free, and free-to-play games included some premium currency for you to play without ever paying. The whole thing was kind of like digging through the $5 DVD bin at Walmart. You're digging through a lot of unrelated, uninteresting to you stuff to find the gems, but there are some real gems in there if you dig. Developers got paid based on time spent in the app, and I'm sure Amazon got a bunch of analytics data and found a way to draw non-Fire users to their app, which isn't on Google Play, and developers got paid for their library content...

Google Play is running their second Google Play Awards at their annual Google I/O conference on May 18th at 6:30pm PDT. These awards will honor a dozen categories, some new and some returning from last year. There's an intriguing mix of indies up for awards, along with some big names, VR apps for Cardboard and Daydream, and some games popping up in not-exactly-games categories...

Games with cats are always a hit in my eyes, but some (weird) people aren't satisfied by just having kitties in their games and want actual gameplay (the horror). The just-released CATS: Crash Arena Turbo Stars [Free], by the developer behind Cut the Rope, should satisfy everyone because it has cats and fun gameplay. As we've written in the past, the game, which had been soft launched as Backyard Battles, has you customizing your vehicles and taking on friends and strangers in a battle arena. You start off with pretty basic vehicles, and as you advance, you get access to better materials and, therefore, build better vehicle...

Android users are about to get their heart stolen just like their iOS counterparts have when Card Thief [$1.99], the spiritual successor to the very well-reviewed Card Crawl, skulks over to their platform of choice. According to the official Twitter account, Card Thief will be hitting Android on April 22nd, so not long to wait now. If you haven't had a chance to play Card Thief, think of a stealth game but played with cards. You move around a board of nine cards and have to deal with all kinds of guards that are trying to grab you. In order to successfully steal and escape, you'll have to strategically put out torches to take advantage of the dark, because, as everyone knows, the night is dark and full of terrors...

'SUP Multiplayer Racing' Turns Up the Saturation and Collisions

Oh BiBi, developers of Motor World: Car Factory [Free] and Monster and Commander [Free], are working on a brand-new mobile game called SUP Multiplayer Racing. This slick-looking racer has you racing against 3 other players at the same time, trying to pull off cool stunts, make some sweet jumps, oh, and ram your opponents off of the road. That's the most important part, no? It looks kind of like a 2D take on Burnout or MAXIMUM CAR [Free]. Oh, and the saturation has been turned up to 11...

Humble Bundle's latest Android bundle is one of the best Android game bundles I've seen yet. The Great Adventures Humble Mobile Bundle lives up to the name, by offering 8 killer adventure games if you go for the $6 tier. The "pay what you want" $1 tier has three fantastic titles: Grim Fandango Remastered, Kathy Rain, and Machinarium. Grim Fandango is an obvious Tim Schafer/Double Fine classic. Kathy Rain is a fantastic retro-styled point-and-click title. Machinarium is one of the finest games in Amanita's catalogue...

'Baikoh' is a Word Puzzler That Punishes You for Typos

Developer Mum Not Proud is set to bring its word game Baikoh to iOS on April 27th. The game's on Android, if you are like me and enjoy a little taste of the dark side in your life. But if you don't, then, well, it will be on your Apple device of choice soon enough. This word game is kind of like SpellTower [$2.99] in that there's a puzzle game aspect of not letting the letter tiles hit the top of the screen, and as you make more matches, more tiles populate the board...

'OK Golf' Will Hit the Android Greens Soon

April 12th, 2017 1:45 PM EDT by Tasos Lazarides in Android, Games, News
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OK Golf's [$2.99] claim to fame is its lovely visuals, but it also offers an entertaining—if not wholly faithful—version of golf. The game has been putting around iOS for some time now, but it's finally ready to go for an Android birdie soon. If you pre-register for the Android version here, you'll get a launch reward—an exclusive 3-hole preview of an upcoming course set on the rooftops of Paris. We generally liked the game when we reviewed it, although we did have some issues with the game's inability to decide how faithful it would be to the rules of the actual sport...

2D Multiplayer Shooter 'Mayhem' Now in Google Play Early Access

The 2D competitive multiplayer shooter genre is set to get quite crowded with bgames like Armajet and Mayhem in beta. While there's a bunch of Armajet players out there, Mayhem is taking a big step toward public availability. Right now, the game is in early access on Google Play. It's only available in several regions, but several big ones at that: the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Brazil. Sorry, other countries that get soft launch games, it's time for the Americas to shine. U-S-A! U-S-A! ..

Super Mario Run [Free] finally launched on Android this week after many months of iOS exclusivity, and everyone's second favorite plumber taking the limelight yet again has led to much speculation and discussion over whether Nintendo's first true mobile title has been a success or not. Compared to the cash cow and cultural phenomenon that was Niantic's Pokemon GO [Free], Super Mario Run has not reached such lofty heights, and despite finally launching across all platforms, it's unlikely that the Android release will serve as a catalyst for sudden unprecedented success. However, in a recent article, Japanese financial newspaper Nikkei has suggested that, despite the fact Super Mario Run "did not meet [Nintendo's] expectations" according to Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima, the release and subsequent Android launch were primarily focused around expanding the fan base, irrespective of earnings...

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