Italian Antitrust Authority investigating Google, Apple, Gameloft, and Amazon over in-app purchases

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Everybody deals with those pesky in-app purchases from time to time, especially in mobile games. The in-app purchases help developers make money by luring potential customers in with a free (and often very limited) game, then hitting them with a paywall a few hours in. Sometimes levels are locked if you don’t pay for them, and sometimes leveling up your character is incredibly tedious if you don’t spend real money on in-game currency.
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Flappy Bird will return to the Play Store in August

Flappy-Bird-Flappy Bird had a short life in the Play Store before developer Dung Nguyen took it down in February for it being “too popular,” but it’s making a return. Nguyen told CNBC today that the game will return to iOS’s App Store and Google’s Play Store in August with a few changes, like multiplayer mode and being less addictive.

Flappy  Bird became a cultural phenomenon a few months ago when it was in its prime, before many replicas popped up. It’s a fair question to ask whether the game will be as popular after so many months.

Source: Kotaku

Via: DroidGamers

 

NVIDIA brings blockbuster titles Portal and Half-Life 2 to SHIELD

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Two of the PC world’s greatest video games, Half-Life 2 and Portal, have been ported to run on NVIDIA’s SHIELD gaming device. According Doug Lombardi, Vice President of Marketing at Valve, “NVIDIA has done a remarkable job bringing both Half-Life 2 and Portal to SHIELD…We’re playing both games here on our SHIELDs and fans of both franchises can expect the same gameplay they’ve come to love on the PC.” The titles have been completely ported over to run natively on Android running on NVIDIA’s hardware to ensure crisp graphics and precise controls.
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Gameloft dishes details on upcoming Modern Combat 5: Blackout

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Gameloft’s Modern Combat series is one of the better known first person shooters available on mobile devices. Its combination of storylines and revolutionary mobile graphics have made the series a hit.

“Modern Combat 5: Blackout” is due to come out some point this year, but there are a lot of unknowns about the game.

However, Gameloft has provided some information today regarding the next installment of the MC series.


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Google hosting Spring Google Play sale on several premium games

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Google is hosting a big sale on some popular games on the Play Store right now, offering top titles at a pretty big discount. Games like Gameloft’s The Dark Knight Rises, Need for Speed, and 10000000 are on sale for a buck, and others like NBA 2k14 have dipped to around 3 dollars.

If you’ve been itching for a new game to play on your commute in the mornings, hit the link below to take advantage of the deals.

source: Google Play

Humble Mobile Bundle 5 adds three more titles to the package

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Last week Humble Bundle announced the Humble Mobile Bundle 5 which included up to six titles. As they typically do, additional titles are being added to the bundle. Today three more games showed up on the order page for the bundle, Paper Monsters, R-Type and Enviro-Bear 2010. Those titles currently list for $0.99, $1.99 and $1.99 respectively in the Google Play store. These three titles and three of the original titles, The Cave, The Room Two and Carcassonne are only available if you pay more than the average price, which is $5.18 as this is being written. That price has a good chance of going up, so head on over to the Humble Bundle site using the source link to place your order.

source: Humble Bundle

NVIDIA Shield successor shows up in benchmarks with Tegra K1 CPU and 4 GB of RAM

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If these benchmarks are to be believed, NVIDIA is working on a follow-up to their portable Android gaming console, the NVIDIA Shield. The benchmark pegs the Shield successor with a Tegra K1 quad-core processor, and a whopping 4 GB of RAM. The K1 already has some extremely impressive benchmarking and multitasking scores, so NVIDIA is definitely going for the absolute fastest components possible in this device.
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Gameloft’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2 swings onto the Play Store

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Gameloft is famous for releasing movie tie-in games for mobile devices, so of course they were tasked with bringing The Amazing Spider-Man 2 to the big small screen. The game features a sprawling open-world New York environment, filled with tons of events and missions to complete as Spider-Man. The game even features characters and villains from the Marvel comic book, going beyond what’s seen in the movies. The combat system is also fully fleshed out with tons of fluid animations and combos.
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Humble Bumble PC and Android 9 adds three new games

humble_bundle_9We like to talk about Humble Bumble a lot at TA, and for good reason. If you aren’t familiar, Humble Bumble lets you buy a group of games for a lower than average price, while helping developers and charity. Humble Bumble PC and Android 9 already had six games, but if you pay more than the average, you’ll now get three additional titles: Savant: Ascent, Snyder Arcade, and The Shivah.

In Savant: Ascent, you go up a tower in search of a curious orb while battling enemies. Snyder Arcade is “serious old-school gaming,” as you blast objects in outer space in this shoot-em-up. The last game, The Shivah, you are a Jewish Rabbi trying to find the truth behind money left to him.

The current average price is $3.90, so if you pay more than that you’ll get all of the titles available. Download via the link below.

Source: Humble Bundle

 

The Walking Dead game series creeps its way into the Google Play Store

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Well it’s about time. Zombie fans have something to get excited about today. Already available in the Amazon Appstore since January, The Walking Dead Season One game is now ready for your downloading pleasure from the Google Play Store. This game comes from Telltale Games, and is a five-part series. The first part is free, and episodes 2-5 are available through an in-app purchase.

This game doesn’t follow the popular hit TV show, but I am told this game is very good. You play Lee Everett, a convicted criminal, that has been given a second chance at life. Interestingly enough, that second chance at life involves a heavy dose of the undead. Your actions will control how the story unfolds.


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