Category Archives: Android

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 [$2.99], 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...

It's been about three years since the Zelda-inspired Oceanhorn [$7.99] hit iOS, and the game has stopped off on other platforms along the way, but at long last, Android gamers can play it for themselves. Well, as a native app, they can now – Nvidia Shield users have been able to stream the game via GeForce Now for a while, but they already can't play Super Mario Run offline (or at all, until the Android version releases), why should they be forced to be online to play Oceanhorn? Madness, I say!..

Dean Takahashi over at VentureBeat has some details on the Nintendo Switch's internal hardware, and what it may be capable of. They're reporting that an older generation Nvidia Tegra chip, with Maxwell Tegra architecture (as compared to the Pascal architecture) will be used, albeit a custom-made chip. VentureBeat is saying that it will be sub-PlayStation 4 in quality, but that's for two reasons: one, Nintendo wants to replace the Wii U ASAP; two, they want to get this concept out before anyone else can. There are two potential advantages: the chip could be designed to work with more power when it's in the dock and at lower resolution when portable...

'Retro City Rampage DX' Now Available on Android

December 13th, 2016 7:00 PM EDT by Carter Dotson in Android, News
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Perhaps the last platform in existence to not get Retro City Rampage [$4.99] in an official capacity has been Android. I say official because you can literally buy a version for MS-DOS and probably run it through a DOS emulator on Android. But for those who haven't done that, well, I have good news: Retro City Rampage is at last available on Google Play for Android, in its DX form and all...

Good news if you've been intrigued by Righteous Hammer's Solitairica [$3.99] but have an Android device. Like, maybe you have an Android phone but an iPad, and that's why you're here. Maybe you've played a ton of Solitairica on your iPad, but your commute and other spare moments have been shockingly dearth of roguelike solitaire action. Well, Solitairica is now available on Google Play for Android! Huzzah!..

'Samorost 3' Point-and-Click Releases on Android

December 2nd, 2016 4:00 PM EDT by Carter Dotson in Android, News
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Amanita Design's point-and-click adventure game Samorost 3 [$4.99] is now available on Google Play. You'll play as a space gnome, using a magic flute to explore the cosmos, exploring gorgeous landscapes rendered in the style that only Amanita can deliver. If you're a fan of Machinarium [$4.99] and Botanicula [$4.99], you'll want to check this out. There are nine total worlds to check out in Samorost 3, all full of weird new things to discover...

After what has felt like a horribly long and drawn out 2016, it's finally December, which brings with it a whole host of yearly traditions. Forget the holidays, advent calendars, snowmen and the like - for iOS gaming, it's the inevitable 'Best of 2016' lists which will begin to emerge amongst both critics and consumers, and while there will be some heated arguments along the way, it's a great time to evaluate the past twelve months and revisit some of the classics that have released on our favorite touchscreen platform. For me personally, one of the first games that comes to mind is Human Resource Machine [$4.99] - its programming-based puzzles were extremely compelling and suited to mobile, which coupled with some subtle yet supremely clever presentation resulted in an essential App Store release when it launched back in June. Today, Android gamers can join in the fun, as Human Resource Machine has finally launched on Google Play for $4.99, which is a bargain for the amount of frustration and fun you will get out of Tommorow Corporation's latest release...

'Leap of Fate' Leaps Over to Android December 1st

We really like Leap of Fate here at TouchArcade, as you can see from our review here. The game is a really good twin-stick action game with plenty of extras to uncover and a ton of content . Up until this week, only iOS players were lucky enough to play it, but now Android players will join the party on December 1st. The game will cost $3.99 and is a premium title worth buying. If you haven't played the game yet, a few words about what to expect. The game is set in a dystopian world of magic and secret societies and has an interesting-enough narrative to give your shooting and spell-casting some context...

Motorola has announced that their Moto Z and Moto Z Force phones, along with getting updated to Android 7.0 Nougat this week, has added in support for Google's Daydream VR protocol. Right now, there's only one Daydream headset, the Daydream View, but this means that more phones support Google's VR platform beyond just the Pixel phone by Google...

'Time Locker' Shoot 'em Up Now Available on Android

November 21st, 2016 3:00 PM EDT by Carter Dotson in Android, News
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Unique shoot 'em up Time Locker [Free] has just landed on Android. This shoot 'em up freezes time when you stop moving, so you can take notice of your situation, and react a bit more tactically than in a frantic real-time game. However, the creeping death is coming from behind you, so you can't dawdle for too long. Time Locker is free to download, with the game monetizing through video ads and a special big coin IAP, with coins used to purchase special weapons and animals that you can start off riding at the beginning of the game...

When it comes to mobile and any mention of eSports, generally, the game that usually comes up is a MOBA of some sort. But Amazon's trying something a bit out of the ordinary for mobile gaming competition: the Champions of Fire Invitational. This tournament will take place in Las Vegas on December 2nd, and feature several games not typically mentioned when mobile eSports is talked about. Sixteen streamers and gaming personalities including Northernlion, Professor Broman, and lolRenaynay (ain't gaming great?) will compete in single-elimination tournaments for $100,000 in total prizes across five different games: Disney Crossy Road, Pac-Man 256, Bloons TD Battles, 8 Ball Pool, and Fruit Ninja Tournament Edition...

Android gamers will be happy to know that Space Marshals 2 [$4.99] by Pixelbite has finally hit Android, a few months after its iOS release. The stealth-action dual-stick shooter takes place right after the original, and has you fighting for survival on a hostile planet against space bandits in a futuristic wild west theme, trying to protect the planet you've landed on from being destroyed...

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