Category Archives: Android

The MMORTS Art of Conquest [Free] has just launched worldwide. We've written about this game before, and gone hands-on at GDC, but if you haven't heard, it's an intriguing mashup of genres. There's an MMORPG element, to where you have a whole world that you can explore, while getting quests. Then, there's elements of base-building, as you build a fortress to protect from other players' raids. And there's a whole game of territory conquering and control on the world map to take part in as well...

Bethesda's Elder Scrolls: Legends [Free] CCG continues to hop from platform to platform, and today was the turn of Android. Starting today, you can download the game for free from Google Play and enjoy some cross-platform matches. If you haven't heard about the game yet, Legends offers PvP and PvE content and has some interesting mechanics. The game requires Android 4.4 or higher, so keep that in mind if you're planning on downloading it. If you're new to the game, Bethesda offers some pretty good videos that should help you get into the game faster and build strong-enough decks to compete...




'GRID Autosport' Has Been Delayed to Autumn for iOS, With an Android Version Launching Later This Year

The App Store port of Codemaster's premium console racer GRID Autosport has been one of the most eagerly anticipated titles on our Upcoming Games forum, and rightfully so. With the promise of the 'complete experience' of the 2014 iteration of the TOCA series, the forum thread for GRID Autosport has almost reached one hundred posts in a matter of months, and has garnered over 30,000 views from eager gamers wanting to get behind the wheel in the next big-budget racing release. However, the initial Spring release date came and went, and many have been asking when the game would finally be available on iOS, let alone whether it would launch at all on the Google Play store. Today, Feral Interactive have brought some clarification to the issue of the game's release date - as many had expected, GRID Autosport has been delayed to Autumn so more work can be done on the UI and performance. However, the developers have also confirmed that the racing title will also be making its way to 'select Android devices' later this year...

We are definitely living in the golden age of board game and card game digital ports, and today we got another popular one, Jaipur [$4.99]. Jaipur is a fast-paced two-player card game that's all about becoming the most powerful trader in Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan. As you can imagine, the game has you taking and selling the right cards at the right time and is a blend of—as the designer puts it—tactics, risk, and luck. The digital version of the game adds a tutorial for those who've never played the game as well as a mobile-exclusive campaign mode...

As we wrote a few days ago, the pretty colorful Karma.Incarnation 1 has landed on Android, with the iOS version coming in the near future. If you don't know anything about the game, in Karma.Incarnation 1 you play someone who's beloved has been abducted by evil spirits, and in your attempt to turn into a ferocious dragon to get her back, you end up as a worm called Pip. In order to get to your beloved, you'll have to travel across a lovely psychedelic world and solve puzzles as you try to learn the laws of Karma...

Humble Bundle has a new Epic Platformers mobile bundle, and it's got a great collection of Android platformers for you to check out. The $1+ tier includes a couple Ravenous Games titles: Devious Dungeon [$2.99] and Devious Dungeon 2 [$2.99], along with Eggggg - The Platform Puker [$2.99]. All solid mobile-exclusive titles. The pay-above-the-average tier contains a few more great titles. There's Gunbrick [$2.99] by Nitrome; RunGunJumpGun [$2.99], the fantastic jetpack-and-gun-based auto-runner; and Retsnom [$2.99], and artsy platformer involving mirrors and a dark storyline. Finally, the $5-and-up tier includes several fantastic console-to-mobile ports: Never Alone: Ki Edition [$4.99], a fascinating platformer that tries to tell an interesting story about the Inupiat people and their culture; Brothers - A Tale of Two Sons [$2.99], a platformer where you control two characters at once; and Limbo [$3.99], which TouchArcade readers don't need a reminder about...

Chillingo and Damp Gnat's Icycle: On Thin Ice [$2.99] released way back in the halcyon days of 2013, but somehow the game's still kicking in 2017. The game got an update on iOS not too long ago with new content, and now an Android version is out at last. Don't worry, there's no pricing shenanigans here, it's just a $2.99 paid app on Google Play, no in-app unlocks at all...

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...

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