Category Archives: Android

Legend of the Skyfish [$3.99] is a pretty fantastic game, as we noted in our review a few weeks back. And if we go by the tweet you see below, the game will also be visiting the Android shores next week. There's a "might" in that tweet, so take the date with a pinch of salt, but the fact is that the game is coming to Android very soon, and Android players should get excited. Legend of the Skyfish is a Zelda-like game that's all about using a fishing pole like a hookshot to pull things to you or manipulate the environment and solve puzzles. For most of you I could just stop at the "hookshot" part and you'd be sold, but there's more to Legend of the Skyfish than just that...

'Don't Starve' Comes to Android in Open Beta

September 19th, 2016 1:45 PM EST by Carter Dotson in Android, News
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iOS players have been enjoying Don't Starve [$4.99] for a while now in its "Pocket Edition" even when it was just iPad-only and couldn't really fit in your actual pocket. But Android gamers have been starving for Don't Starve. Well, they won't have to starve for much longer, as Don't Starve is out on Android in open beta form. This means that while you can buy it right now, it may not work perfectly, as Android requires a lot of testing to work well on the myriad hardware out there. It won't necessarily show up in the curated Early Access section, but you can find it from the direct link and by searching for the game...




If you have an iOS device and you've been looking forward to getting Season 2 of Sentinels of the Multiverse [$6.99] this Friday as originally announced, I am sorry. Because of some unexpected issues described in this blog post, the iOS will probably not be coming this Friday but at a later, yet unannounced date. The good new for Android players is that Season 2 will release this Friday as originally planned. The release will also come with a 48 period discount period, a perfect time to pick up the game and its many expansions. Because of the iOS issues, Dark Watch Setback won't be available for unlocking until all platforms have the new version of the game...

Have you always had an inkling to get into game development but didn't know where to start? Well, Humble Bundle is running a crazy-good bundle right now on Game Maker software. For $15, you get GameMaker Studio Pro, the iOS and Android modules, along with HTML5 and Universal Windows Platform modules. GameMaker requires no coding experience to start using and making games with, and there's plenty of tutorials available on the web to get up and started with making games if you're willing to put in the time. ..

Google Play's Early Access program is starting to expand out after its initial launch. Google has today announced that after the early days of early access only supporting apps that they hand-picked during the initial rollout. Now, developers can submit their apps to be part of Google Play's Early Access through this form. Of course, it's possible for developers to run their own betas through Google Play, Early Access in this case is just an opportunity to get an audience from the general Google Play userbase to check out apps and games before they're ready for traditional release...

The world of Fallen London [Freeis one of my favorite worlds to visit since it's a place dipped in gothic absurdity and dripping with quirky humor. When the game came on iOS, it found the perfect match in terms of platform, but the app itself was really buggy and plagued by server issues. Fortunately, most of those issues have been ironed out, and now the game has officially landed on Android. Apparently, when the developers asked Android users whether they wanted the game on their platform, they got an overwhelming yes as an answer. You can play the same save game across both iOS and Android - and PC if you have that too - but just remember to manually sync your game in app before switching so you don't lose any progress...

Google's putting on their Google Play Indie Games Festival on September 24th, and they've just announced the 30 games that will be exhibiting at the event. What's cool is that all the gmaes are either on mobile (well, Android in particular) or are coming to mobile at some point in the future. You have some recent releases such as Riptide GP: Renegade [$2.99], and VR games like SmashWars VR: Drone Racing. There's some games not on Android yet such as 1979 Revolution: Black Friday [$4.99], a Vita game that was on PlayStation Mobile but was otherwise lost once that service shut down. Plus, there's a few upcoming games like Antihero, Armajet, and Dog Sled Saga. You can check out the whole list of exhibitors here...

Lost in all the hysteria over the potential for virtual reality is the Samsung Gear VR. The Gear VR might be the most mature virtual reality solution yet, not only because the hardware is made in partnership with Oculus, but because the third revision of the Gear VR is set to hit. With the new Galaxy Note 7 announced at Galaxy Unpacked 2016, the Gear VR's latest revision was part of the festivities, bringing some improvements and one feature that could prove useful to the device's future...

Google has announced their first event targeted toward independent game developers and players, happening on September 24th. The Indie Games Festival – not to be confused with the Independent Games Festival at GDC each year, don't be surprised if some lawyers from GDC parent company UBM call Google's lawyers – will take place in San Francisco at the Terra Gallery, and be an opportunity to link independent game developers with players, and YouTubers, potentially to get feedback from all parties on the processes that surround independent games...

If you've been enjoying assassinating people in the latest HITMAN game by Square Enix, you can now get your mobile phone to be an accessory to murder - if you get caught. HITMAN has recently come out on PC and consoles, and unlike previous iterations of the franchise, this one is an episodic one. Today, Enix released HITMAN Companion [Free], a new app that helps players keep up-to-date with the latest news and helps keep track of what's been added to the game, an especially useful feature considering the game's episodic nature. The app will send you notifications when Elusive Targets are released, an essential feature because you wouldn't want to delay your murdering for even one minute more than you have to...

This is a good day for Android gamers who enjoy premium games. After Titan Quest, which released earlier today, Android just got the port of a legendary game, Final Fantasy VII. While for most of you I could just stop here, those who either haven't played the game or don't know the quality of the port, read on. As our JRPG expert, Shaun Musgrave, talked about in his review, there's no Japanese RPG more famous and high-selling than Final Fantasy VII. It's a game that shifted the course of the genre and proved there was an audience for RPGs in the western market. The game spawned all kinds of peripheral content, including a CG movie...

If you're an Android user who's been looking for a meaty Action-RPG to spend hours on, look no further as Titan Quest has just released on Android after spending a couple of months on the iOS side of the gaming world. Titan Quest is the port of the classic PC game from back in the day, and while it has some issues - as our very own Shaun Musgrave pointed out in his review - it's still a great choice for players looking for a premium game that offers close to 30 hours of killing ancient monsters. Titan Quest will remind you a lot of Diablo, if you've ever played any of the games in that franchise, and offers a big, open world with a full day/night cycle, 30 character classes with 150 different character skills to learn, and much, much more...

Zombieville USA [$0.99 / Free] was one of those early iPhone hits that put developer Mika Mobile on the map. A side-scrolling shooter with a killer art style, Zombieville launched in early 2009 and quickly rose up the charts and maintained a position there for many months to come. Obviously its success led to a sequel a couple of years later, Zombieville 2 [$0.99] which launched in October of 2011. The sequel improved upon the original with a wider range of movement, tons of unlockable characters and weapons, a cool upgrade system, and most impressive of all co-op multiplayer both locally and over WiFi. Well, it's been a couple of years since Zombieville 2 has received any update love, and like any game on iOS it has developed a few issues over the years as new iOS hardware and software has rolled out. With the release of their latest game Lost Frontier [$2.99] now behind them, Mika Mobile took this time to fix those issues as well as bring the beloved Zombieville 2 to the Android platform for the first time...

Android is already the easier system for players and developers when it comes to early access and open betas of games due to Google's infinitely less stringent restrictions on app distribution on the platform. Not to mention the ability to distribute games without going through Google at all. But Google is about to make it even easier for developers and players to do beta tests, with two new features. One is that open betas can now be listed in Google Play search results, and users can opt-in to those betas direct from the store listings. Plus, they can send private feedback to developers straight through the store listing. All of this hopes to streamline the process for developers and users...

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 [$3.99] 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...

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