Gameloft optimizing games for Amazon’s Fire TV

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As Amazon finally moves into the market of devices meant to help consumers get digital content displayed on their TVs with the release of their Fire TV device, one of the big factors that may influence their success will be apps, including games. We’ve already seen Google’s strategy with Chromecast play out as they slowly dribbled out the ability for services and apps to make use of the device. Amazon appears to have done more work to ensure content is ready with the shipment of the devices, but there is still room for more apps to join the party. One example is Gameloft, which has already started optimizing their titles for use on Fire TV.

Initially, Gameloft has made three titles ready for Fire TV – Asphalt 8: Airborne, Modern Combat 4, and Despicable Me: Minion Rush. Gameloft says they will be optimizing more titles in the future. The company thinks “Amazon’s broad consumer base” will help drive the reach of their titles on the platform and ultimately the success of Fire TV.

Does the ability to access leading game titles, like those from Gameloft, have an impact on your interest in a device like the Amazon Fire TV?

source: Droid Gamers

Amazon Game Studios shows what is coming and the first Fire TV exclusive “Sev Zero”

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Amazon’s new Fire TV set-top box does just about everything. Even gaming. As its name suggests, Amazon Game Studios is the company’s very own developer for gaming. Today, the studio has posted a video giving a preview at what it has up its sleeve. Amazon Games Studio assures consumers that each and every game is designed specifically for Kindle Fire tablets and the Kindle Fire TV set-top box. The games in the preview show various genres.

An exclusive title was officially announced as well. Sev Zero is available today for $6.99; however, most people will not be able to play it until their Amazon Fire TV devices arrive in the coming days. Buying the Fire TV’s game controller will actually net you Sev Zero automatically. So if you plan on gaming with your Fire TV, do yourself and purchase the game controller.

Hit the break for an Amazon Game Studios preview and a trailer for Sev Zero. And as you wait for your Amazon Fire TV to arrive, check out the first commercial featuring Gary Busey.
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Humble Bundle 9 released with six titles

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Humble Bundle has announced the release of a new bundle of games, Humble Bundle: PC and Android 9. Like all Humble Bundles, buyers can select the price they want to pay and what the cut will be between charity and developers. For this bundle, four of the titles are included in the bundle no matter what. These include Broken Sword 2: The Smoking Mirror, Bridge Constructor, Type:Rider, and Ravensword: Shadowlands. If you pay more than the current average price, you also get Kingdom Rush and Knights of Pen & Paper +1 Edition as well as access to additional titles that Humble Bundle inevitably adds to these packages.
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Cut The Rope 2 swings into the Play Store

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After being on iOS for several months, Cut The Rope 2 has finally come to Android. Fans of the franchise are sure to like this new and improved version, which includes new challenges, characters, and obstacles. Our favorite and very lovable character, Om Nom, even breaks out of his box and to hit the busy cities, forests, underground tunnels, and junkyards. Om Nom will also make a lot of new friends such as Roto, Lick, Blue, Toss, and Boo. Cut The Rope 2 supports high resolution on your phone or tablet.

The game is free, but you will find in-app purchases along the way.

Hit the break for full list of features, screenshots, a video, and of course, download links.


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Gameloft releases Captain America: The Winter Soldier in the Google Play Store

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With the movie about a week away from release, Gameloft released Captain America: The Winter Soldier game in the Google Play Store. The game is free initially to download and play, but after the first two levels you will be prompted via an in app purchase to continue playing the rest of the game for $2.99. The game is a 3rd person style format and you fight as Cap himself and battle villains while leading your S.H.I.E.L.D. team to save the world. You can find some images and a QR code below after the break!


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OUYA changes course to give devs choice about free-to-try model

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OUYA has announced a change to their service that will be implemented in coming weeks to let developers choose whether they want to distribute free-to-try games or just go for an up-front fee for gamers to grab a new title. In a blog post titled “It’s about CHOICE” the company says they had resisted allowing developers to offer anything other than free-to-try games. However, this appears to have been dampening enthusiasm for the platform and could be seen as not being entirely open, one of the principles the company is based on.
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Godzilla – Smash3 game coming to mobile devices this May

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One of the most anticipated movies (at least for me) of the year is coming this May. That’s right Godzilla!! Those that want more than just the movie will be happy to know that the mobile game is coming as well. Rogue Play just announced that Godzilla – Smash3 will land on Android and iOS devices on May 16, the same day the movie is released in theaters.

The game promises to give fans complete control of of Godzilla, including his epic roar. It will be a RPG-style game that will feature puzzle mechanics and 3D visuals.

Hit the break for the game trailer as well as the full press release.


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Looking forward to Rovio’s upcoming Angry Birds Epic game? Check out the gameplay trailer

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With Rovio releasing their Angry Birds Epic game (turn-based RPG style) in the near future, the team released its first teaser video that features the game play. I’m sure many of you are curious as to what the game is going to look like, so check out the video below and let us know what you think! Does it make you any more excited for the release?


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Amazon’s set top device could support full PC game streaming

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When images of a controller linked to Amazon’s rumored set top box device leaked a few days ago, you may have noticed it was very reminiscent of a full blown game controller similar to an Xbox or PlayStation gaming console. That might seem like overkill for Android based games, but it isn’t too much if the games are full game titles like you would find on a gaming console or PC. The latest rumors about Amazon’s device indicate that ability could be part of the package.
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Cross-platform support for Google Play Games is now official

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This morning, word got out that Google Play Games would support multiplayer for both Android and iOS. So now Google has decided to move forward by making it official. As we noted in the previous post, this massive update for Play Games adds multiplayer iOS support, multiplayer invites, deeper statistics, and gift giving. Much of the update includes behind the scenes pieces for developers. At the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco tomorrow, Google is scheduled to give an in-depth introduction of the new features.

Source: Android Developers Blog