Category Archives: Android

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 [$4.99] 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...

New 'Shadowrun' Game 'Shadowrun Returns' Gets New Trailer And Release Date

Oh, hey, did you know that Harebrained Schemes is working on a Shadowrun revival? It is! The game's called Shadowrun Returns, and it's a top-down, tactical squad-based strategy game that tasks you with scouring the "urban sprawl of the Seattle metroplex" in search of a mysterious killer. Your squad will consist of a mages and street samurai, as well as other weird classes that combine magic with cyberpunk. Sounds a bit better than that Xbox Shadowrun everyone loves to hate, right? Right?..

Remember that whole "Rovio Account" thing Rovio announced not so long ago? You know, the thing that would give players the ability to sync their progress in Rovio games across a range of phones and tablets? That thing. It's out now for Angry Birds [$0.99 / Free / $2.99 (HD) / Free (HD)] on Android and iOS devices...

YES: D-Pad Studio's 'Savant'

Imagine, if you will, a game that features (a) an elevator death ride, (b) dubstep, and (c) evil flying metal monsters. Wait, stop imagining! That game exists. Or, at least, it will later this month. D-Pad Studio's July 30th-bound Savant is an intense shooter that, apparently, puts you in the boots of a dude on an eternal elevator ride filled with all sorts of flying evil metal things. The goal it seems is pretty simple: shoot everything...

Weird. Beamdog has pulled Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition from the App Store and as a PC download via its site due to a "number of contractual issues," the studio confirmed in a message on the official Baldur's Gate page. Work on the game's Android port and the next patch for the game have also been put on hold. ..

Disney's 'Where's My Mickey?' Hits the App Store This Week

I've always been quite fond of Disney Interactive's mobile games simply for the fact that they're one of the few big production companies that has a dedicated mobile team. They got the ground running by acquiring Jelly Car  [Free] and buying Tapulous, the studio behind the popular Tap Tap Revenge [$2.99] series. As a team, their biggest hit so far is Where's My Water? [$1.99]. This Thursday, they're showing all their cards on the table and giving their biggest character an iOS game of its own in Where's My Mickey?..

EA introduced Battlefield 4's 64-man multiplayer component earlier today at its E3 2013 press conference and touched on its "connected experience" features, which lean on smart devices to give players more information and power in battle...

Here's A Trailer For 'Final Fantasy Tactics S'

Well, that was fast. Final Fantasy Tactics S, that free-to-play version of FFT we noted was a thing a few weeks ago, is out now in Japan across iOS and Android. Square Enix has released a Japanese trailer for the game -- a trailer that shows off some battles, a lot of characters, and a sweet hand-drawn art style. ..

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