Fans of Flappy Bird may have been excited to download its sequel, Swing Copters, and then were either greeted by a cheap knock-off or disappointed to find that they had to sift through dozens of clones that were released before the official app even saw the light of day. Thankfully, Google has taken matters into their own hands and have removed all of the clones from the Play Store.
Namco has released Pac-Man Friends onto the Play Store, which is a brand new Pac-Man games with new, fast-paced gameplay. It keeps all of the original cast of characters, including Pac-Man and the group of ghosts from the arcade games.
The game involves you moving Pac-Man through different types of mazes all while avoiding the ghosts. Instead of the traditional square mazes, though, these new mazes comes in different shapes and sizes with tons of obstacles to maneuver around. The flashing power pellets make a return, and they’ll still let you eat up ghosts that get in Pac-Man’s way.
While Flappy Bird still hasn’t made its way back to the Play Store, but creator Dong Nguyen has been hard at work on his next game. The new project is called Swing Copters, and it while it shares many of the same elements of Flappy Bird, it actually looks like it’s going to be more challenging, believe it or not.
The game puts you in control of a little man with a helicopter helmet. When the game starts, he begins flying either up and to the right, or up and to the left, and tapping the screen changes direction from left to right and vice versa. The objective is to float up through horizontal gates (similar to the vertical pipes in Flappy Bird) all while avoiding the swinging hammers attached to the bottoms of the gates. So instead of having only one obstacle to avoid, there are actually two pieces that will cause a game over.
Humble Bundle fans who use the app will be pleased to know a major update to version 2.0.1 has been released to the Google Play store. This latest release brings an overhauled user interface to go with stability and performance improvements. Humble Bundle has also added the ability to download ebooks and music.
Last week Humble Bundle announced their latest mobile package of titles. As they normally do, for buyers who donate more than the current average, one of the benefits offered is access to any titles added to the package prior to it being closed. Humble Bundle normally adds titles to the bundles and Humble Mobile Bundle 6 has now been shown to be no exception.
At Gamescom in Germany, Madfinger Games has announced a new platform full of virtual model kits. It is called Monzo and allows users to build a project from scratch. Madfinger Games will supply the models through in-app purchases and users can get going from there. It seems that the range of categories will be quite large as the developer’s site shows things like a gun, boat, engine, fire truck, and drilling machine as example models. To ensure the realistic feel of Monzo, Madfinger Games is going to have users go through the motions of unpacking their virtual purchase so they can observe each and every piece.
While there is no given release date, you can hit the break to watch the teaser video.
Gaming in general has long been an area controlled by the male demographic. However, due to apps geared towards a different demographic entering app stores, there has been a large influx of female gamers in the mobile realm. Some people may attribute the heavy female presence to Kim Kardashian’s game, but it seems that that is not the case.
Out of 19 categories for games, 9 of them are predominately comprised of female users, while 6 are male and 4 are split fairly evenly. The top two most popular categories are mostly female, showing just how large their presence is as gaming consumers. Females are 31% more likely to purchase items in-game, spend 35% more time gaming, and were 42% more likely to be playing a downloaded game after one week.
Sony is ending its attempt to bring its wildly successful console gaming brand to Android devices. PlayStation Mobile, which launched in 2012, was a hub that allowed high quality games to be accessible for PlayStation Certified devices. That certification will no longer be handed out to any future devices. Sony is keeping the service running smoothly on such devices running Android 4.4.2 and below; however, anything with Android 4.4.3 and up are being left in the dark. With future versions of Android, there are no guarantees that PlayStation Mobile will continue to operate correctly with software updates.
Source: Sony Japan
Rovio’s next installment of the Angry Birds craze, Angry Birds Stella, has been announced for a September 4 launch on all major mobile platforms.
The company has released a new trailer to create some buzz before the game is released. Check it out after the break. Rovio is also rumored to be working on Angry Birds Transformers, which will come out some point later this year or possibly next year.
Google Play is releasing The Amazing Spider-Man 2 early, and to celebrate, all earlier Spider-Man films are starting at only $8 to own, and the first 10 minutes of Spider-Man 2 is free to watch. Many Spiderman games and comics are discounted for a limited time as well.
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