Ouya, the game-console maker made famous by its kickstarter campaign, has recently received $10 million from online shopping titan Alibaba. There have been discussions about incorporating Ouya’s software and 1,000 game library into Alibaba’s set-top box.
The primary location where Ouya can flourish is in China, which is poised to be the next battleground for video game competition now that the 15 year-long ban on videogame consoles has been lifted. Although Ouya seemed to be off to a great start in 2012 with an explosion of funding, the results are less than expected, mostly due to the powerful hold on the market that Sony and Microsoft have and the recent emergence of the Nexus Player and Fire TV, which both allow for similar cheap gaming. However, a struggling company and a burgeoning market can be perfect for each other if there is a way for them to connect. Enter Alibaba. If there is any place that Alibaba knows, it’s China. Alibaba can be extremely helpful to Ouya as it tries to move into China’s market.
Ouya is no stranger to deals with other companies, and has also been working out some mutually beneficial agreements with Xiaomi as well.
If you’re a player of Gameloft’s Six-Guns, you were recently treated to the Gang Showdown expansion.
But if that wasn’t enough, Gameloft is teasing yet another update to the game. And the reaper cometh. Read more
For years, developers flocked to iOS with apps and games because of profitability. Device owners within the Apple ecosystem spent more money than anywhere else and that made advertisers target iOS too. All of that is changing now, though, as developers are seeing Android’s profitability become comparable to iOS in some areas.
A new app in the Google Play Store says it can bring your PC games to your Android mobile device with the same performance and video quality as if you were playing on your PC. The Remotr app runs on your mobile device while users have to install the Remotr streamer on their computer to get everything working. The streamer portion can be downloaded from http://remoterapp.com. Developer RemoteMyApp has included several preset control configurations for titles like Diablo III, League of Legends and TrackMania. Users can also customize their own controls for their games. Read more
Humble Mobile Bundle 10 launched last week with three games (Buddy & Me, Lyne, and Doodle Kingdom) and three bonus games (Sorcery! 2, King of Dragon Pass, and OTTTD). As per past practice, they have added more games into the mix. Today’s additions include iPollute, Sorcery and the Tiny Bang Story.
If you already bought in above the average asking price ($3.94 at the time of this post), then you will receive these three new bonus games automatically. If you haven’t gotten in on this bundle yet, just pay over the average and grab all 9 games.
Chances are you have played Cut the Rope or at least have seen someone with the game. It is one of the games from Zeptolab. The developer has a history with the puzzle genre, but the next game to leave the studio will a departure from that. The upcoming game is King of Thieves and it brings together tower defense, platformer, and multiplayer elements. Not many details are disclosed, if any, but the trailer makes it clear that the design/graphics match that of Cut the Rope.
Hit the break for the teaser.
Have you ever wanted to play a game that puts you in the shoes of an escaped farm goat that moonlights in a rock band? You might have an odd taste in video games, but Sony’s Music division has you covered. They’ve released Rockin’ Goat onto the Google Play Store that stars Elwood the goat as he builds a band and put on rock shows in a 2D platforming experience.
The game looks fairly well done and features music from a few different artists under Sony Music’s arm. Between the music and several mini-games, this one might be worth checking out for a few laughs while killing some time. Read more
If you have Google Cardboard, you might want to check out a new game called Attack of the Teapotcopters VR. Hell, even if you don’t have cardboard, it might be worth a shot since it will still be playable.
Teapotcopters features stunning 3D graphics and is a helicopter flight simulator that was developed by XDA member agnu17. In fact, it’s his first game ever. The goal is to defend the base from enemy teapotcopters. There are 4 levels of play: Earth, Moon, Mars, and Ocean, and 3 helicopters to choose from. You can also collect CopterCoins for upgrades.
Over twenty-five million people played strategic role-playing game Blood Brothers. Today, those players can move on to the game’s sequel for an entirely new experience. Developer DeNA Corp. has released Blood Brothers 2 for Android Android and iOS devices. The game takes players back to Arnashia one hundred years after the events of its predecessor. A new regime has taken over power and players have to restore order in a world of disloyalty and chaos. Players must build custom armies and recruit enemies to build a strong enough force to be successful.
Blood Brothers 2 is free-to-play with in-app purchases to improve the overall experience and provide an advantage while playing.
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Xaiomi is on an ambitious path as a major manufacturer in a variety of electronics categories. Part of their success has been due to the low price points they set for solid hardware. Their latest release is no different as they are now selling a game controller for only 99 Yuan ($16 USD). The Millet Bluetooth handset has a classic Sony PS4 shape to it and supports the usually array of buttons, 4-way rocker switches, and 360-degree sticks. Read more