Category Archives: Android

There's an interesting bit of info from Gamasutra's GDC State of the Industry survey that seems to indicate game developers might be shifting away from iOS game development a bit. The percentage of developers making Android games (that responded to the survey) is 54% (55% in 2016), compared to 51% (54% in 2016) for iOS. This is a small but subtle shift. Note that there might be some noise in the survey – 2% of developers claim they're making PlayStation Mobile games, and PlayStation Mobile is dead. Meanwhile, 38% of developers responded that they were currently developing games for smartphones/tablets, so it's possible that the phrasing of the question caused some confusion...

'Super Mario Run' Comes to Android in March

January 18th, 2017 7:15 PM EST by Carter Dotson in Android, News
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Android players don't have to wait for Fire Emblem Heroes on February 2nd (possibly, with Nintendo's Japanese Twitter account mentioning February 2nd for the iOS version as well). However, Super Mario Run [Free] is still nowhere to be found on Android. Well, Nintendo has dropped word that March is when the game is expected to release on Android. There's no specific release date yet, but there is a Google Play pre-registration page that will notify you when the game is available on Android...




Nvidia has announced a refresh of the Nvidia Shield TV, and it's intriguing because it seems that they're stepping a bit away from it as a gaming console, and more into the streamer and smart home hub market. Oh, they're still mentioning games, and they include native Android versions of Tomb Raider and The Witness (the mobile version lives!) as coming to the platform. And the in-home PC game streaming is getting expanded with support for Steam Big Picture, meaning this could actually serve as a replacement for the Steam Link, as well. But the processor is still the Tegra X1 with 3 GB of RAM, same as the original released in 2015. In fact, Nvidia's press release keeps calling this a streamer, and not a game console. It's certainly a capable device still – more than capable of 4K HDR video, and it runs games quite well – but the hardware upgrades are a bit more subtle, yet intriguing in terms of software...

It's been about three years since the Zelda-inspired Oceanhorn [$5.99] hit iOS, and the game has stopped off on other platforms along the way, but at long last, Android gamers can play it for themselves. Well, as a native app, they can now – Nvidia Shield users have been able to stream the game via GeForce Now for a while, but they already can't play Super Mario Run offline (or at all, until the Android version releases), why should they be forced to be online to play Oceanhorn? Madness, I say!..

Dean Takahashi over at VentureBeat has some details on the Nintendo Switch's internal hardware, and what it may be capable of. They're reporting that an older generation Nvidia Tegra chip, with Maxwell Tegra architecture (as compared to the Pascal architecture) will be used, albeit a custom-made chip. VentureBeat is saying that it will be sub-PlayStation 4 in quality, but that's for two reasons: one, Nintendo wants to replace the Wii U ASAP; two, they want to get this concept out before anyone else can. There are two potential advantages: the chip could be designed to work with more power when it's in the dock and at lower resolution when portable...

'Retro City Rampage DX' Now Available on Android

December 13th, 2016 7:00 PM EST by Carter Dotson in Android, News
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Perhaps the last platform in existence to not get Retro City Rampage [$4.99] in an official capacity has been Android. I say official because you can literally buy a version for MS-DOS and probably run it through a DOS emulator on Android. But for those who haven't done that, well, I have good news: Retro City Rampage is at last available on Google Play for Android, in its DX form and all...

Good news if you've been intrigued by Righteous Hammer's Solitairica [$3.99] but have an Android device. Like, maybe you have an Android phone but an iPad, and that's why you're here. Maybe you've played a ton of Solitairica on your iPad, but your commute and other spare moments have been shockingly dearth of roguelike solitaire action. Well, Solitairica is now available on Google Play for Android! Huzzah!..

'Samorost 3' Point-and-Click Releases on Android

December 2nd, 2016 4:00 PM EST by Carter Dotson in Android, News
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Amanita Design's point-and-click adventure game Samorost 3 [$4.99] is now available on Google Play. You'll play as a space gnome, using a magic flute to explore the cosmos, exploring gorgeous landscapes rendered in the style that only Amanita can deliver. If you're a fan of Machinarium [$4.99] and Botanicula [$4.99], you'll want to check this out. There are nine total worlds to check out in Samorost 3, all full of weird new things to discover...

After what has felt like a horribly long and drawn out 2016, it's finally December, which brings with it a whole host of yearly traditions. Forget the holidays, advent calendars, snowmen and the like - for iOS gaming, it's the inevitable 'Best of 2016' lists which will begin to emerge amongst both critics and consumers, and while there will be some heated arguments along the way, it's a great time to evaluate the past twelve months and revisit some of the classics that have released on our favorite touchscreen platform. For me personally, one of the first games that comes to mind is Human Resource Machine [$4.99] - its programming-based puzzles were extremely compelling and suited to mobile, which coupled with some subtle yet supremely clever presentation resulted in an essential App Store release when it launched back in June. Today, Android gamers can join in the fun, as Human Resource Machine has finally launched on Google Play for $4.99, which is a bargain for the amount of frustration and fun you will get out of Tommorow Corporation's latest release...

'Leap of Fate' Leaps Over to Android December 1st

We really like Leap of Fate here at TouchArcade, as you can see from our review here. The game is a really good twin-stick action game with plenty of extras to uncover and a ton of content . Up until this week, only iOS players were lucky enough to play it, but now Android players will join the party on December 1st. The game will cost $3.99 and is a premium title worth buying. If you haven't played the game yet, a few words about what to expect. The game is set in a dystopian world of magic and secret societies and has an interesting-enough narrative to give your shooting and spell-casting some context...

Motorola has announced that their Moto Z and Moto Z Force phones, along with getting updated to Android 7.0 Nougat this week, has added in support for Google's Daydream VR protocol. Right now, there's only one Daydream headset, the Daydream View, but this means that more phones support Google's VR platform beyond just the Pixel phone by Google...

'Time Locker' Shoot 'em Up Now Available on Android

November 21st, 2016 3:00 PM EST by Carter Dotson in Android, News
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Unique shoot 'em up Time Locker [Free] has just landed on Android. This shoot 'em up freezes time when you stop moving, so you can take notice of your situation, and react a bit more tactically than in a frantic real-time game. However, the creeping death is coming from behind you, so you can't dawdle for too long. Time Locker is free to download, with the game monetizing through video ads and a special big coin IAP, with coins used to purchase special weapons and animals that you can start off riding at the beginning of the game...

When it comes to mobile and any mention of eSports, generally, the game that usually comes up is a MOBA of some sort. But Amazon's trying something a bit out of the ordinary for mobile gaming competition: the Champions of Fire Invitational. This tournament will take place in Las Vegas on December 2nd, and feature several games not typically mentioned when mobile eSports is talked about. Sixteen streamers and gaming personalities including Northernlion, Professor Broman, and lolRenaynay (ain't gaming great?) will compete in single-elimination tournaments for $100,000 in total prizes across five different games: Disney Crossy Road, Pac-Man 256, Bloons TD Battles, 8 Ball Pool, and Fruit Ninja Tournament Edition...

Android gamers will be happy to know that Space Marshals 2 [$5.99] by Pixelbite has finally hit Android, a few months after its iOS release. The stealth-action dual-stick shooter takes place right after the original, and has you fighting for survival on a hostile planet against space bandits in a futuristic wild west theme, trying to protect the planet you've landed on from being destroyed...

I don't need to tell you how good Tennis Champs Returns [Free] is, as our superlative review and subsequent Game of the Week award emphasise how the industry veterans at Uprising Games managed to create one of the best racket sport simulators on any platform, which is highly likely to be omnipresent on many Best of 2016 lists come December. However, while those of us lucky to be within the walled garden (or is it court?) of the iOS ecosystem, our friends with Android devices haven't had the fortune to rally on their phones, at least up to now. Today, the developers have released Tennis Champs Returns on Android, and with a 75% off launch sale is an essential purchase, especially for anyone who hasn't yet played the best tennis game of the year. ..

'Jade Empire: Special Edition' Now on Android

November 15th, 2016 5:00 PM EST by Carter Dotson in Android, News
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Good news for BioWare fans that prefer the green robot: Jade Empire: Special Edition [$9.99] has just been released on Android by Aspyr Games. That's right, no last-minute release issues, just BioWare's 2005 RPG available on mobile in enhanced form over on the dark side of mobile gaming. It's the full game, complete with additional special edition content, touch controls, achievements, and even controller support if that's your bag. Android makes it a lot easier to play games on the TV from your device, so this would be perfect for just that...

Pixel Hero Games has announced that their stealth-action game based on a book from the Warhammer world, Eisenhorn: Xenos [$5.99], is set to hit Android next Monday, on November 14th. The game, which had a simultaneous PC and iOS release, is sure to require a modern Android device as the game on iOS was quite good-looking for mobile, and Android releases often require beefier hardware on paper than iOS games do. So be prepared, Android owners...

You've probably heard about all the creepy clowns roaming around quite a few cities in recent weeks, so I'm not surprised that we just got an Android exclusive game called Creepy Clown Attack that's, you guessed it, all about creepy clowns attacking everything in sight. Sweet, nice clowns really can't catch a break, can they? The game has you playing as a creepy clown who gets to smash vehicles into smithereens, heavily damage buildings and monuments, all in order to earn points that you can then use to level up your creepy clown into an even creepier clown...

Redshift Games has been working on their RPG series The Quest for a long time – we're talking the Palm OS days here, people – with several different expansions for the game releasing over the years. There was the recent massive revamp/overhaul release The Quest HD [$5.99] on iOS and desktop. Now, The Quest's modern remaster has finally hit Android in its HD version for tablets and phones. The sense I'm getting from Android fans is that a lot of people have been wanting this for some time now, so go and be happy, Android gamers!..

Don't Starve [$4.99] was one of the first truly massive premium indie titles from Steam that made the jump to mobile back in 2015, and while many had already played and loved it on PC, the survival elements of the game suited the smaller screen well, and it is as essential a purchase now as it was when it first released on the App Store. However, while iOS gamers have been lucky to enjoy a universal version of Don't Starve: Pocket Edition for over a year now, mobile gamers on Android have been denied their chance to try the game until a limited open beta release last month. Android enthusiasts will be pleased to know their fast is over, and Don't Starve has fully launched on the Google Play store, and should be every bit as good as the iPhone and Steam iterations, regardless of the (compatible) device you play it on...

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