On Saturday, couples young and old will have dinner dates after catching the 5:30PM showing of Fifty Shades of Grey. Those who are single, though, will carry about Valentine’s Day just as they would on any other Saturday. One item to put on the to-do list is checking out the latest content update for Dead Trigger 2. The popular first-person shooter, developed by Madfinger Games, has a content update released just in time for Valentine’s Day. The Heart Attack content update features Valentine’s Day themed pieces of scenery to keep the love alive. For a gamer that is single, this is the most romantic thing to hit Valentine’s Day in quite some time.
Playdead has finally brought the very popular Limbo game to Android. Limbo was originally released on the Xbox 360 back in 2010, and was an instant hit. Soon after, it made it’s way to the PlayStation 3, Windows, and even iOS.
Limbo is a 2D sidescroller puzzle game in which you are a boy in search of his sister. The game is in black and white giving it an eerie feeling as you try to figure out how to get around various traps. Playdead dubbed the style of play as “trial and death” as you are likely to fail before figuring out the correct solution. And when you do fail, expect a heavy does of gory images.
The power of tablets has developed tremendously within the last two years to the point where some are questioning when it will match console-level gaming. To Electronic Arts CFO Blake Jorgensen, that time will be here by the end of the decade. Jorgensen spoke at the 2015 Technology, Internet & Media Conference and expressed the belief that console-level gaming on tablets would be possible by 2018.
At the start of last week, Humble Bundle launched a Cartoon Network edition of its mobile bundle. There were eleven games, based on Cartoon Network characters, available at the start. Today, the amount of games has been raised to fourteen. Donors will receive the games based on the amount donated. Any donation will net four games and that numbers climbs to the full fourteen when exceeding $8.
This round of Humble Mobile Bundle will benefit Khan Academy and Child’s Play Charity. In addition to being for a great cause, funds will be rewarded to hardworking developers.
Are you ready to hop on your virtual motorcycle and send it hurtling across a shark-infested pool while trying to make it through a flaming ring of death? If so, start revving your engines as Joe Danger for Android is getting ready to launch on Google Play, Amazon Appstore and the OUYA store.
NVIDIA’s Shield gaming tablet has only been in the market for about seven months, but its successor is already looming on the horizon. Reported to contain the Tegra X1 chipset, an upgrade from the current K1 chip , the next generation of the Shield tablet will likely improve upon its predecessor by most metrics.
The BBC has launched a new game for tablets based on their immensely popular Doctor Who series. The latest title, The Doctor and a Dalek, has users follow along with The Doctor on a mission to destroy the Orb of Fates aboard an old Gallifreyan ship, the Starbane. The game encourages players to learn about fundamental coding principles by having them solve puzzles linked to a computer coding curriculum. Although the game is entertaining, it is also part of the BBC’s Make It Digital initiative which is designed to help users learn skills and concepts for the digital age.
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.
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.