New Christmas-themed update allows you to run as Santa in Temple Run 2

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Temple Run fans might want to check out the lastest update for Temple Run 2. It adds a water slide and mysterious artifacts, but it also adds a little Christmas fun. You can now run as Santa and get Santa hats for your characters. It might cost you though. You will need 60 gems to unlock Santa, so hopefully you have them. If not , you will will have to break into your wallet. You can also unlock the Santa hats by finding all the Christmas artifacts. Download links after the break.


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Rovio’s Angry Birds Go speeds into the Play Store

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Angry Birds fans have a new game to play. Actually, those of you that aren’t so much into Angry Birds might get into this one as well. Angry Birds Go is all about downhill racing on Piggy Island so it’s sure to be a blast. You can race as either birds or piggies in this first ever 3D Angry Birds world.  You will start out as soapbox car, but you will be able to upgrade along the way, hopefully achieving supercar status. Of course that just might cost you though. This is the first free-to-play game from Rovio, so make sure to keep your wallet close by.

Hit the break for more info, the video trailer, and download links.


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Mad Catz M.O.J.O console now available for $249

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If you’ve been waiting for Mad Catz’ M.O.J.O console, the release date is here and you’ll finally be able to pick one up. A few retailers like Amazon, Newegg, and Gamestop are offering the $249 console, but you can also order one directly from Mad Catz if you would prefer.

The specs haven’t changed since we last heard about the device, so you’re still getting a Tegra 4 CPU, 2 GB of RAM, and 16 GB of internal storage for games, plus the Google Play Store. Mad Catz has thrown in a AAA battery powered controller and HDMI cable in the box, so you’ll be able to get started without having to buy anything extra. You can also connect any smartphone or Windows PC via Bluetooth to the console.

At $249, this is still a pretty tough sell, I think. The NVIDIA Shield is currently going for the same price and offers a lot of portability (and things like NVIDIA’s GameStream), plus you won’t have to deal with AAA batteries with the Shield. Aside from that, most bigger consoles are seeing holiday sales right now, so it’s not hard to find a PS3 or Xbox 360 for less than 200 bucks. Maybe some people think Android games on a flat-screen offer a better gaming experience than dedicated video game consoles, but I’m just not sold yet.

What do you guys think about Android gaming in the living room? Inevitable future or just a fad that’s going to blow over after the PS4 and Xbox One have been on shelves for a few months?
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Prepare your inner game designer for Createrria in 2014

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If you ever thought you might be able to design a better game than what what you can find in Google Play or maybe you just want to implement your own spin on a game genre, a new app slated for release in the first quarter of 2014 may just be the ticket you were looking for. Createrria is an app coming to the Android platform, and later in the year to iOS, that will let users create and share games for Android. In an interesting twist, you will not need a computer to put all the code together and generate an app as everything will be handled within the Createrria app on an Android device.
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Classic 1987 arcade favorite ‘Double Dragon Trilogy’ released to Google Play

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I certainly have no memories of this game, as it was released to arcades six years before my birth, but perhaps some of you will…

Double Dragon Trilogy, a favorite from 1987, has been released to Google Play.

It was one of the first co-op arcade titles, and now it’s ready to come to mobile devices everywhere. And you’ll get some extra material in this download, as the game includes the original game as well as Double Dragon 2: The Revenge, and Double Dragon 3: The Rosetta Stone.

All of the same moves and special features are included, and it’s apparently a nice recreation of its older version for only $3.00. Hit the break for the full features list and a link to the game in the Play Store.


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Tic-Tac-Toe game for Chromecast released on Android and iOS, requires two devices to play

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Chromecast isn’t only just for streaming video and music content to the big screen— now, people are finding that it makes for a pretty nice tool to stream games to your TV.

A very simple tic-tac-toe game for Chromecast has just been developed, and the app is available on both Android and iOS. Simply grab another player who also has the app installed, and easily display the game on the big screen for all to see.

It’s nothing mind-blowing for now, but the concept is certainly pretty cool and will make for some interesting innovations in the future. Hit the break for the link to the game in the Play Store.


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New report reveals the Kindle Fire as the most popular tablet among Android gamers

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A new report from International Data Corporation and App Annie has revealed some interesting things about mobile gaming for Q3 of 2013. Intriguingly, Android gamers favor playing games on Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablets rather than an Android tablet using the Play Store. This isn’t too surprising as Kindle Fire sales are excellent and an emphasized selling point is gaming. The app store for the Kindle Fire has a huge selection of games and Amazon always includes games in their press images and demonstrations.

So many people enjoy the gaming experience on mobile devices that they actually have passed Nintendo’s 3DS/DS line and Sony’s PlayStation Vita in popularity. That’s also unsurprising because mobile gaming has shifted towards phones and tabs while handheld consoles are experiencing a slump.

Apple stumped Android in app store revenue while also defeating it in popularity. To be exact, Apple’s App Store generated almost three times as much revenue as the Play Store in the United States. The Play Store, however, seems to be on the climb with more quality apps be released and devices being able to handle intense graphics and physics.

Source: App Annie

NVIDIA SHIELD update improves GameStream, Gamepad Mapper and more

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Today, NVIDIA is releasing an update to their SHIELD handheld console that brings much appreciated improvements. GameStream, the ability to stream PC games to your SHIELD, has been boosted to support 1080p and 60 frames per second when connected through an ethernet cable. You still get 60 FPS when on WiFi, but you’ll drop to 720p. This means you can play some of your favorite games on SHIELD rather than staring at a computer screen.

GamePad Mapper, which allows you to customize your controls, has been given the option to share, download, and rate mapping profiles created by the community. Also, the gyro sensors can be mapped through to analogs to simulate the activity. The right thumbstick can be mapped to look around (like a conventional controller) for games that regularly change perspective via swiping on the touchscreen.
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[Deal] Amazon offering up deals on MOGA gaming devices

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As the clock ticks down to Cyber Monday, buyers looking to get a jump on the deals may want to check out some specials Amazon is running on several MOGA gaming devices. The base MOGA is currently listed at $14.99, which is 50% off the normal price of $29.99. The successor to the MOGA, the MOGA Hero Power, is also on sale for $45.91 compared to a normal price of $59.99, just shy of 25% off.

Amazon also had the upgraded version of the original MOGA, the MOGA Pro on sale, but it appears they have sold out of the devices. Currently, they only list the MOGA Pro as being available from third-party suppliers, with the cheapest price being $65.00. Meanwhile, the MOGA Pro Power, the updated version of the MOGA Pro, will set you back the full price of $79.99.

If you are interested in grabbing one of MOGA’s gaming devices from Amazon, just hit one of the source links.

source: MOGA/MOGA Pro, MOGA Hero/MOGA Pro Power

Cyber Weekend Sale: Google Play offering discounted in-app content in top Android games

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Those free apps always get you. To keep playing, or at least at a reasonable pace, you have to throw money at the game. One dollar for extra “game bucks,” or three dollars to skip the level… Whatever it is, they’re almost always annoying and continuously get in the way of actually enjoying a game.

Today, Google is working with some top game developers to bring a series of sales on in-app content for top games in the Play Store. Hit the break for a list of games and the offers.


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