Category Archives: Android

Humble Bundle's latest Android bundle is one of the best Android game bundles I've seen yet. The Great Adventures Humble Mobile Bundle lives up to the name, by offering 8 killer adventure games if you go for the $6 tier. The "pay what you want" $1 tier has three fantastic titles: Grim Fandango Remastered, Kathy Rain, and Machinarium. Grim Fandango is an obvious Tim Schafer/Double Fine classic. Kathy Rain is a fantastic retro-styled point-and-click title. Machinarium is one of the finest games in Amanita's catalogue...

'Baikoh' is a Word Puzzler That Punishes You for Typos

Developer Mum Not Proud is set to bring its word game Baikoh to iOS on April 27th. The game's on Android, if you are like me and enjoy a little taste of the dark side in your life. But if you don't, then, well, it will be on your Apple device of choice soon enough. This word game is kind of like SpellTower [$2.99] in that there's a puzzle game aspect of not letting the letter tiles hit the top of the screen, and as you make more matches, more tiles populate the board...




'OK Golf' Will Hit the Android Greens Soon

April 12th, 2017 1:45 PM EDT by Tasos Lazarides in Android, Games, News
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OK Golf's [$2.99] claim to fame is its lovely visuals, but it also offers an entertaining—if not wholly faithful—version of golf. The game has been putting around iOS for some time now, but it's finally ready to go for an Android birdie soon. If you pre-register for the Android version here, you'll get a launch reward—an exclusive 3-hole preview of an upcoming course set on the rooftops of Paris. We generally liked the game when we reviewed it, although we did have some issues with the game's inability to decide how faithful it would be to the rules of the actual sport...

2D Multiplayer Shooter 'Mayhem' Now in Google Play Early Access

The 2D competitive multiplayer shooter genre is set to get quite crowded with bgames like Armajet and Mayhem in beta. While there's a bunch of Armajet players out there, Mayhem is taking a big step toward public availability. Right now, the game is in early access on Google Play. It's only available in several regions, but several big ones at that: the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Brazil. Sorry, other countries that get soft launch games, it's time for the Americas to shine. U-S-A! U-S-A! ..

Super Mario Run [Free] finally launched on Android this week after many months of iOS exclusivity, and everyone's second favorite plumber taking the limelight yet again has led to much speculation and discussion over whether Nintendo's first true mobile title has been a success or not. Compared to the cash cow and cultural phenomenon that was Niantic's Pokemon GO [Free], Super Mario Run has not reached such lofty heights, and despite finally launching across all platforms, it's unlikely that the Android release will serve as a catalyst for sudden unprecedented success. However, in a recent article, Japanese financial newspaper Nikkei has suggested that, despite the fact Super Mario Run "did not meet [Nintendo's] expectations" according to Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima, the release and subsequent Android launch were primarily focused around expanding the fan base, irrespective of earnings...

BrainGoodGames has just brought its single player competitive strategy game Militia [$3.99] to iOS, with both light world and dark world modes. The idea is the game should have depth but low complexity. You command several different units of different types on a battlefield, and your objective is to to use these units and their various quirks to defeat enemies, sometimes doing so in small numbers of turns. The simple pieces make Militia feel like a board game, but with a lot going on with the enemies you face...

Super Mario Run [Free] is out on Android everyone! Nintendo decided that Android players shouldn't wait for tomorrow, March 23rd, to play Super Mario Run, so it released the game one day early. As was the case with the iOS version, the game is free to download but will cost you $9.99 if you want to play beyond the four first courses. Super Mario Run is a great game, and if you're an Android user, you should definitely at least download it and give it a shot. In addition to the Android version launching today, the iOS version was just updated to 2.0. If you haven't read our story about it, version 2.0 brings new playable Yoshis to the game. These Yoshis come in different colors, and when you play Toad Rally with a Yoshi of a particular color, you get more Toads of that color...

A few days ago, we wrote that the digital port of the popular board game Tokaido [$5.99] was almost upon us, and today the game is finally available. Tokaido has you traveling along the East Sea Road connecting Kyoto to Edo, stopping at the various stations along the way to buy souvenirs, taste the local cuisine, and meet interesting people. There's a lot of emphasis on the joy of traveling and the experience of learning as you go along, which is a nice break from war-oriented board games. You'll have to be quite strategic during your travels because the order of play goes from the one who's farthest from the destination to the one who's closer; in other words, you won't just be traveling as fast as possible along the road...

Back in January, we learnt that the Android iteration of Super Mario Run [Free] would finally launch after just over three months of iOS exclusivity this March. However, Spring is now upon us, and there has been no sight of any version of Mario's mobile debut on the Google Play store as of yet. However, this weekend we finally got a final date for the game's release, as Super Mario Run is set to drop on Android this Thursday on March 23rd. Furthermore, this date would also mark the release of the 2.0 update for the iOS version of Nintendo's runaway success, with new playable characters to unlock, and World 1-4 playable in the free portion of the demo...

'Meganoid 2017' Now in Early Access on Android

Orangepixel's Meganoid 2017 has continued development and a lightspeed pace. And in fact, while the game's release date was announced recently, you can in fact play it now if you're on Android. An Early Access version of Meganoid 2017 is now available on Google Play. This one isn't done yet, as there's still some tweaking and balancing to be done to the game in order to make the difficulty feel just right, the core of the game is here...

There are plenty of good reasons to use iOS over Android, and Android over iOS. But the problem is that no matter which platform you use, there's always tradeoffs. But how far are you willing to go to bridge the gap? Are you willing to stick an entire Android phone on the back of your iPhone in order to get the best of both worlds? Well, that's what Esti's Eye is trying to do. Literally, it's just a case that has the guts of an entire Android phone on the back of an iPhone. Warning: video contains dabbing grandma...

While Eli and Jared are currently taking in exciting new games and germs from all over the world at GDC 2017, there's another event relevant to mobile going on, and that's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. It's become a big event for flagship phone and hardware announcements. Samsung in particular has revealed a brand new Gear VR headset, compatible with both micro-USB and USB-C Samsung devices. But the key new feature is the handheld controller that comes with the new Gear VR. This controller features accelerometer and gyrometer sensors, along with a clickable touchpad, trigger, home key, back key, and volume keys. This is similar to the Google Daydream VR controller, though with a more ergonomic grip design:..

Google held their Google Developer Day at GDC 2017, and introduced some new tools for developers, along with a couple notable new games coming to mobile. For Android developers shipping on Google Play, a new strikethrough pricing feature is there. This way, developers can show the regular price of the app, with a featured sale price. These promotions have increased installs for developers by 3x-20x, and also maintained a lift in sales afterward. These should help get the word out about games. Google also will be doing more to promote high-quality content. Editorial pages on Google Play will allow for hand-selected choices of great games in specific categories to help surface great content. Algorithms are also being readjusted to focus on promoting games with high engagement, not just high downloads...

UnWorded [$3.99], an imaginative narrative game where everything is built from actual letters, has finally moved from iTunes to Android today. The game takes a dive into the damaged brain of a writer and lets players uncover his creative world. In terms of mechanics, the game is all about taking letters and punctuation signs and arranging them into objects that are connected to the ongoing narrative. You'll have to let your imagination free and try and figure out how words can mean more than just their dictionary definition. Pretty much my cup of tea...

Gameloft Resurrects Halo-Like 'N.O.V.A.' Series as Upcoming Free to Play Game (For Android?)

When this video got dropped into our Discord chat this morning (Which is a great place to get breaking iOS games news as it takes so much less time for someone to drop a YouTube link there than it does for me to write an article here, by the way!) when I was out grabbing coffee I couldn't help but laugh so hard I got strange looks from people around me- Not because the trailer is particularly funny, but because this sort of thing is the exact opposite of what people around here are always asking for. Backing up a bit, back in the hay day of Gameloft, they were rapidly releasing "highly inspired" games for mobile leaning heavily on popular console titles. One of those was the N.O.V.A. series, which would have been pretty easy to mistake as a Halo game if you weren't too familiar with the Halo universe...

While we usually hear a bunch from the fine folks at Noodlecake Games, purveyors of fine mobile games both original, published by them, and ported to Android. Well, they just dropped a release they've been keeping a secret from us: they're bringing realMyst [$6.99] to Android at last. One of the most popular point-and-click adventure games of all time has been missing on Android in official form. This 3D take on Cyan Worlds' classic has you exploring a mysterious island and trying to discover the secrets contained within, traveling across time to the different Myst Ages, including the bonus Rime Age...

Over the last few months, I've heard from many Hearthstone [Free] Android players who were having issues with the game's client size to the point where they had to uninstall the game. Luckily for them, Blizzard is now rolling out a much better optimized Android client that will change how Hearthstone is downloaded and should allow for a smaller install size and much better patching experience in the future. The developers had told us they were working on fixing the Android side of the game, and I'm glad to see those attempts come to fruition. According to reddit users, the install size has gone down to about 1.5 GB from the original 3 GB, which is a substantial decrease, especially for those with older phones...

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 EDT 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...

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