One of the big challenges for gamers trying to use smartphones and tablets to enjoy their favorite titles has been control methods. With the variety of sensors in mobile devices, like gyroscopes, game developers have been able to introduce some unique features to games based on movement and the form factor lends itself to play outside of the living room or bedroom. However, the lack of buttons on a smartphone or tablet means controls have to be modified for a touchscreen, which can be quite a challenge. Satechi thinks they have a solution with their new Satechi Wireless Gamepad that brings traditional controls to mobile devices.
Just because Niantic, the creator of Ingress, is no longer part of Google, doesn’t mean that the search giant has abandoned it. Google and some other companies have committed to investing up to $30 million in Niantic in a round of Series A financing.
NVIDIA has updated their Shield TV set top box to software version 2.1, which is overall looking like a pretty minor update. The new software fixes some compatibility issues with HDMI and improves black levels on screen over HDMI. Nothing major there, but a welcome fix for anyone having issues after the 2.0 update.
Samsung has released a useful new utility onto the Play Store that should be especially useful for gamers. The app, which is called Game Tuner, allows you to adjust the resolution and frame rate of specific games on your device for fine-tuning performance.
Looking for game to play on your phone or tablet this weekend? Google Play has thirteen titles discounted all the way down to just one dime. The mobile games come from Electronic Arts and Chillingo, so you know you’re getting quality.
Working with Playdigious and Pastagames, NVIDIA has released Pix the Cat for their NVIDIA SHIELD devices, both the Tegra K1 and Tegra X1 variants. Pix the Cat is an arcade style game in which the player takes on the role of Pix as he plays his own game.
Now is the time to get a mobile gaming controller if you don’t already have one. Power A’s MOGA Pro Power controller is available through Amazon for just $32, a discount of 60%. It offers full-size control for supported games and even has a built-in 2200mAh battery so that you can continue gaming even when your phone’s battery is begging for mercy. The controller connects to mobile devices via a Bluetooth connection, but you can place it into the controller’s stand for easy use.
Players of YAHTZEE With Buddies have the opportunity to work with Operation Smile, a nonprofit organization that provides surgery to children with cleft lip and palates. Scopely, the mobile game’s developer, is using the Dice Monster Showdown as a way for players to compete against Dice Monsters in order to win in-game prizes while raising money for Operation Smile. Download and install YAHTZEE With Buddies and start taking on Halloween-themed Dice Monsters in the Dice Master Tower. Operation Smile will see an increase in donations as players collect more candy.
Funds raised by players will be met with Scopely’s minimum donation of $25,000.
The multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game Vainglory is launching their 2015 Autumn season of play. With the latest update to the game, taking it to version 1.9, Vainglory will now use a seasonal structure. During the seasons, players will have to do their best to rise up in rank and rack up achievements before the season ends, which is slated to be sometime in early January for the new season. As part of the latest update, developer Super Evil Megacorp put a lot of attention into the Android app version to help expand the audience.
It’s September 30, and that means it’s not only the day after Google unleashed a whole host of new devices and services (which you can catch up on right here), but it’s also the day where you can finally download the new Need for Speed racing game.
The wait for Need for Speed: No Limits has been lengthy to say the least. Electronic Arts released the mobile game’s first trailer at the start of the year and named Spring 2015 as a ballpark release date. However, that did not pan out and the game is still not available on Android devices. Who knows what happened, but EA is now ready to tell you that Need for Speed: No Limits will be live in the Play Store this week.
Sony and Rovio Entertainment are getting ready to release the official Angry Birds movie inspired by the widely popular Angry Birds game. Today, the companies released the official teaser trailer for the upcoming movie.