Category Archives: Android

After charming the App Store with its quirky theme and great art, Exploding Kittens is now available on Android, too, and I suggest you go pick it up. If you don't know anything about the game, Exploding Kittens is the digital version of the Kickstarter-darling card game that broke many records and landed on many tables. In the game, you try to avoid finding yourself holding an Exploding Kitten card while lacking a Defuse card. If that happens, well, the poor kitty gets it. Wrong as the theme may sound (especially for a cat lover like myself), the game is really fun to play...

Ever since we posted our first impressions of the Nvidia Shield set top box Apple TV competitor, I've been keeping a close eye on happenings in the Shield-iverse as they're (quite honestly) a bit more interesting than the new Apple TV. Nvidia had the remarkable foresight to include a game controller in the box, so to some extent, the Nvidia Shield is way more successfully realizing the hopes and dreams that we had for the Apple TV. Things got a bit more weird today as Super Meat Boy hit the Google Play store for the Nvidia Shield (and presumably other similar Android TV devices)...




We really liked Wizards & Wagons [$4.99] when it came out back in November. The game was our game of the week, and we really liked it in our review, too, partly due to its dynamic gameplay and addictive quality. Now, Android users can join in on the fun since Wizards & Wagons has just released on Android as well. In addition to the release, the game has also added some new features like Game Center Achievements and Online Rankings. In addition to these features, side stories now include 8 new weapons/items, 3 new companions, 3 new bosses, a new location today, and a few crazy NPCs. There have also been some combat updates like increasing the base distance in which players can see enemies, tweaking the possibility and number of monster spawns, and improving the behaviors of some monsters. In other words, a very good game has just gotten better...

Over on Android, Google introduced its Google Play Games service a while back, but the problem was that it was tied to Google+ and your identity through that. It's a rare exception to the status quo in gaming, where avatars and nicknames are the order of the day, even in Game Center. Plus, for some people, there's a group of online friends they might be comfortable being Google Play Games friends with, but not necessarily "here's my Google+ identity revealing my real photo, name, and email address" friends. But that's about to change, as Google is now introducing Gamer ID with Play Games, which lets you create a unique username AKA "Gamer ID" and a series of profile images to use, instead of your real photo and name...

I like Alto's Adventure [$0.99] quite a bit; what it lacks in craziness when compared to a game like Ski Safari, it makes up in moodiness and introspection. Today, the game has finally jumped over the iOS slope and landed on the Android side, but with a very interesting change from the iOS version; the Android version is F2P rather than the $2.99 it (still) costs on iOS. Why this discrepancy you might ask? Well, according to a recent Ryan Cash and Noodlecake interview, while the game retains the same gameplay and structure as the iOS version, it's F2P primarily because of how much of an issue piracy is on Android compared to iOS, especially in the case of premium titles that charge more than $0.99 (a very interesting definition of a premium title, but that's a different story for a different day)...

You shouldn't be surprised that we couldn't stop talking about the fantastic Downwell [$2.99], the game that's turned dropping down a well into an art. We voted it as our GOTY Runner Up, and it found its way in many of our 'best games of the year' lists. If you're an Android user, you can finally see what the fuss is all about since the game has just dropped (pun intended) on Android. If you don't know what the fuss is about, well, I'm slightly surprised to be honest. As we've talked about in our review and in our many discussions of the game, Downwell is an action platformer about a character falling down a well and trying to avoid being killed by the many enemies and hazards. The way your character survives the drop is by using his gun boots - which fire bullets straight down - to both slow his fall and take out any enemies that are in the way...

With Apple finally jumping into the mobile gaming on TV fray with the new Apple TV, we're seeing the first counter-move from competitors. Amazon has announced the Fire TV Gaming Edition, which for $139.99, includes a Fire TV, a controller, and a 32 GB microSD card. Plus, it has DuckTales Remastered [$9.99] and Shovel Knight, which is the game's first appearance on any sort of mobile platform. Interestingly, it eschews the voice remote in favor of the microphone on the controller...

Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw, Australian national treasure and host of the weekly game review show "Zero Punctuation!" over at The Escapist, is a man of many talents. In his free time, when he isn't taking part in the running of video game themed cocktail bars or doing manly combat with the horrifying fauna of Australia, he's an amateur game developer. You can find many of his creations over the years on his site, but now, with the help of Addicting Games and Defy Media, his very first mobile game, Hatfall [$1.99], is available for download. In it, you help the man himself get his hat back. Over and over again. While also dodging refrigerators, anvils, and trying to discern which devilishly handsome plain white avatar is yours...

Heads up if you have an Android device – Geometry Wars 3 [$9.99] is now available on both Google Play and the Amazon Appstore. Regardless of whether you go with a standard Android device, or one of the Amazon flavors, you can play this fantastic dual-stick shooter for yourself. It's got all the features of the iOS version, meaning it's got all the content of the console versions from when they launched (the "Evolved" expansion isn't on mobile yet), a one-handed auto-fire setting, and support for Bluetooth controllers...

The Android equivalent of WWDC, Google I/O, had its big keynote today, and there was actually some news from the show for iOS users. Google announced that Cardboard – their DIY solution for doing VR on a phone display up to 6" – will support iOS. The SDK is being updated to support apps with VR elements on iOS, and there's a Unity plugin so developers can create Cardboard-ready VR apps with the tools they already use to make games and apps with. And of course, that means iOS...

It's Christmas apparently over at the Amazon App Store because the little mom and pop store (just kidding) is giving away free games that would've cost you over $110 if you bought the games at full price. There are some good games in the mix, including Telltale's Game of Thrones, Rebuild, and Star Command, but the two games that make this deal worth it is Five Nights at Freddy's 3, the horror game that's ruling the world (as we wrote about recently), and, of course the brand new masterpiece from Inkle, Sorcery! 3, which came out less than a month ago...

'Threes' Gets Pulled from Google Play...for Using '2048' as a Search Keyword?! UPDATE: It's Back

Normally, when it comes to app stores and rejections, it's usually the App Store that's under fire, because Google Play is open to far more apps, and even if they reject something, it can still be sold elsewhere. But apparently Google decided to get into the fun by pulling Threes [$2.99] from Google Play. Why? Because it used 2048 [Free] as a search keyword...

One of the advantages of owning an Android device, as I outlined in my article on Android gaming, is that Android users occasionally get Humble Bundles of games. The latest Humble Bundle is here, and it is a whopper. There's six games in the Humble Mobile Bundle 12 at launch: you get The Last Express [$4.99], Spaceteam [Free] with everything unlocked, and Tilt to Live 2: Redonkulous [$2.99]. If you pay above the average, which is currently $3.80, you can get Monument Valley [$3.99], Blek [$2.99], and Joe Danger [$1.99] in the bundle as well...

Why is Amazon Game Studios Making iOS Games Now?

Amazon has been making games exclusively for their Android-powered Fire devices, but now those games look like they're coming to iOS. As announced recently by Amazon Game Studios, four games are on their way to iOS. Two are already out: Tales from Deep Space is already on Fire Tablet, and To-Fu Fury was a Fire Phone launch title, and is now coming to their tablets and to iOS. As well, upcoming games Til Morning's Light, created by WayForward Studios, and Lost Within from Prey creators Human Head will be coming to iOS as well...

'WWE Immortals' Out Now Worldwide on Android

January 15th, 2015 1:52 PM EDT by Carter Dotson in Android, News
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WWE Immortals [Free] snuck out yesterday afternoon worldwide suddenly, but only for iOS. Android users had to wait a bit longer to get their hands on the game, but wait no longer: WWE Immortals has just launched on Android worldwide. This is, as mentioned in our launch announcement and hands-on yesterday, essentially a WWE take on Injustice [Free], featuring simplified fighting game combat, 3-on-3 battles, and plenty of collectable characters, except this time, they're all WWE stars presented in stylized versions, like a golem version of The Rock...

We know some of you out there don't just use iOS for games, and use Android as well. And it's quite possible that you've been waiting to play Hearthstone [Free] on your Android device of choice. Well, good news, as the game has soft-launched on Android today [in Australia, Canada, and New Zealand on Google Play. If you come from the land of iOS, where getting soft-launched games is a trivial endeavor for anyone, you may be disappointed to learn that getting Android soft launches is a bit harder. Basically, your device has to be in the country that the app is soft-launched in. Changing that either requires rooting your device and using a country-changing app like this though I can't vouch for it actually working, or using this guide with VPN. It's quite likely that someone will wind up uploading the APK of the game somewhere, so I'd just hold out for that, or just wait for the global launch...

Noodlecake Announces Their Latest Published Title, a Puzzler Called 'Joinz'

Noodlecake Games has just announced their latest published title, a casual puzzle game from Gamebra.in, a studio that comes from the Will.i.am school of naming, called Joinz. They're describing this as Tetris meets Threes [$2.99]. The idea is that this is an endless puzzle game, where blocks must be moved around to form the required shapes that are shown on the top of the game board. Each move that doesn't make a match spawns a new block on the board...

Last week we were supremely teased by the idea of the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset coming to iOS. Moments after everyone raced to post this news, and most of the developers I follow on Twitter gasped in excitement, VentureBeat issued a retraction that the Rift was actually coming to Android and not iOS after all. Regardless, it's still interesting to follow, as I refuse to believe that if the Rift blows up in popularity like I think it will that it won't eventually come to iOS devices...

'Shadowrun Returns' Mobile Delayed A Few Weeks

Where is my Shadowrun Returns? We've seen this question a bunch since the game's launch on other platforms and its continued non-existence on the App Store. We don't have a solid answer as to when just yet, but we do have a why for it dragging behind. According to Harebrained Schemes, the tablet version has been delayed a couple of weeks to get it as polished as possible. No big deal...

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