For those of you who were disappointed to see that the recent release of Sonic 4 Episode 1 wasn’t compatible with your ICS device, you’ll be happy to know there is a market update waiting for you right now.
Today’s Sonic 4 update brings compatibility to all devices running Android 4.0 and I was able to successfully test it out on the Galaxy Nexus and the Transformer Prime. Previously I was unable to get past the start screen but now I am happy to say that I can play the game without a hitch. Speaking of gameplay, it looks damn good and I haven’t noticed any glitches or hangs at all. Now if I only had a Big Gulp full of Slurpee in front of me I’d think I was a tween again! Hit the link below to get your well deserved update.
While flying back from CES a few weeks ago I was able to catch a flick on the flight back to my home state of PA. I was about to doze off on the plane when I opened one eye quick to check out the in-flight entertainment. It was Real Steel with Hugh Jackman and Dakota Goyo. The movie takes place in the near distant future where human boxing has been completely replaced with the more popular robot boxing. A pretty cool high tech remote controlled boxing robot was at the command and disposal of Wolverine himself. Awesome if you ask me. I’m a dork for movies like that, what can I say? So when I saw Jump Games made it available for my favorite operating system in the whole world, I jumped right on it and had to write a post about it to share with the rest of our Android fans.
Gizmodo says, “game looks fun as hell.”
iPhoneappreview says, “Real Steel is a solid winner.”
The future, robots, fighting and more! What else is there to say? So go download it already! Just kidding, here’s a little premise on the game itself first. Real Steel for Android allows you to enter the underworld of fighting high-tech machines weighing in at 2,000 lbs and battling it to the death all on your smartphone or tablet. It’s a new age Street Fighter in your pocket! The game offers two different play modes, “Tournament” and “Free Sparring”. Tournament mode allows you challenge a whole roster of bots while Free Sparring Mode gives you quick fights against the bot of your choice. Your goal is to unlock all the cool robots you can by putting a beat down and whoopin on Midas. The game will run you a buck but it’s well worth the game play. Ready for the challenge? Hit the break to check out a few screen shots of the game in action and then hit up the quick demo video from the Android Market. Feel free to let us know what you think in the comments below. QR code and download links after the break.
What do you get when you combine 3D graphics, flying saucers and cats? One heck of a ride for Android with SpaceCat 3D. The glasses free 3D game allows you to enjoy a rich graphics quality platform landing game on your Android smartphone. The challenge is to dodge both moving and stationary walls, lasers and tight spots all while snatching up all of the floating space mice you can find. On your quest, be sure to take out all of the annoying SpaceRats you can for the crew of humans you’re loyal to. You can even share your score with the rest of the world via ScoreLoop.
In the year 3122, man has conquered space and has taken his favorite pets with him: Cats.
Did you know which are the favorite toys of cats on space? Flying saucers! Even better, chasing mice while flying around! They are the only ones that can go into the narrow spaces and capture the SpaceRats, an evolved species that keeps annoying the crew of the spaceships.
You’ll have the option to choose from 10 different cats for game-play and several spaceships to match them up with. Each ship has different characteristics and themes that you can choose from as well. Ready to give the game a go? Hit the break for some screen shots of the game and check out the quick video demo of the app in action. Feel free to drop a comment or two below as well of what you think.
Shadowgun is one our favorite games here at Talk Android so we’re especially excited to bring you news of this latest update. “The Leftover” update is an expansion pack to the original game bringing 4 new levels and a slew of brand new features. If you haven’t already, check your Market app for the update, unless you have the Transformer Prime… The special Tegra 3 version hasn’t yet received the update.
Check the official trailer for “The Leftover”.
“The Leftover” isn’t the only update we’re expecting. Madfinger has also got “Deadzone” slated for release which will bring highly anticipated multiplayer to the hit game. Stay tuned.
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I know a lot of you have been waiting for the official Steam App, the ultimate online gaming platform, to come to Android. We’re ever so close as they just released the app in the Android Market. Don’t go too crazy yet because although you can download it, you will find that it’s in closed beta. If you’re a fan of steam, you should probably go ahead and download it anyway because you will be the first to know when the app gets updated and possibly moves out of beta, or at least closed beta. Download links below.
When it comes to massively multiplayer online (MMO) games on Android, no one does it better than Spacetime Studios, creators of Pocket Legends and Star Legends. They just announced their next epic will be Dark Legends, which will will all about embracing the secret societies of vampires and fighting off the undead, werewolves, demons, and humans. They plan on releasing it on Android, iOS, and Chrome sometime this quarter.
Spacetime Studios is promising a much deeper focus on the narrative. Players will have the option to complete quick action missions as well as being involved with the traditional story communicated during the multiplayer missions. Basically, players will experience the life of a vampire up-close and personal.
They haven’t released any pictures or video teasers yet, but we will let you know as soon as they do.
Full press release after the break:
More word of Xbox Live trickling down to other platforms is on the rise as a Microsoft spokesperson has acknowledged they realize some are playing their games elsewhere.
“While the Xbox Live experiences and games always work best on the Windows platform, we understand that some Xbox fans may be using other types of devices”.
“To satisfy that need, we are working to extend a few of our Xbox experiences and titles to other platforms.”
While they didn’t flat out say “Android” or “iOS”, one would only hope that they would target two of the biggest platforms out there. Stay tuned Xbox fanatics as we aim to deliver the scoop once and if the application becomes available for Android.
Sega brings more Sonic to Android with the release of Sonic 4 Episode 1, a continuation from Sonic CD.
In this version you can look forward to the following:
GetJar has been adding to its library and giving away free premium apps to attract customers. The latest partner to their library is Gameloft and to commemorate the partnership today they have been giving away Asphalt 6 Adrenaline for free. Asphalt 6 is one of the top racing games on Android so if you haven’t already shelled out for it, get it here for free. Press release after the break.
Gameloft and Verizon have recently announced plans to revolutionize Android gaming that could potentially change the game (pun intended). Plans are in action to enable in-game voice chat over Verizon’s 4G network that will work much similar to online gaming on Xbox and PS3 consoles.
“We are thrilled to be partnering with Verizon to illustrate the potential of in-game voice chat and multiplayer over the 4G LTE network,” said Baudouin Corman, vice president of Publishing for the Americas at Gameloft. “Gameloft seeks to provide gamers with a complete mobile gaming experience and feels that these features are at the forefront of the platform’s future.”
According to the demo at this years CES, only three gamers are able to play and talk at the same time but I imagine that will change once the technology gets perfected a bit more. If you are anything like me and like to play online multiplayer games, then you know how important this feature can be and that it will take more than three people to be completely effective. To see how this is going to work, jump past the break to check out the short demo video and don’t forget to let us know what you think!
Now if Verizon would just activate voice over LTE we’d be set!
With Android gaming popularity on the rise, it’s becoming harder and harder to find games that you are interested in with the flood of new daily releases. That’s where the Hooked app comes in. Hooked is an Android app that searches a database of over 250,000 games and provides “personalized game recommendations based on each users’ game preferences and ratings”.
Hooked runs off of a proprietary algorithm based on your previous game rankings and the more rankings you create, the better the recommendations. Hooked CEO Prita Uppal, explains the app like this:
“As the number of games in the Android Marketplace continues to rapidly increase, it is getting harder and harder for consumers to find the games that best fit their interest. The Hooked app is an easy-to-use resource that will help gamers find the ‘hidden gems’ in the Android Marketplace and deliver compelling content that until now was not receiving the attention it may have deserved.”
Also equipped with social integration, Hooked allows users to recommend games to friends on Facebook and Twitter. I haven’t yet had the chance to try out this app so if you end up giving it a whirl, be a pal and let us know what you think! If you want to read the whole press release that contains all of the apps additional features, jump past the break.
There’s no doubt about the impact of gaming in our society today. Much of pop culture and our social lives are impacted by gaming to a certain extent. Angry Birds went from being a small app to a pop culture reference in the form of mentions from celebrities and clothes with Angry Bird characters being sold in designer stores now as noteworthy examples. We see celebrities and famous figures discuss how they play Modern Warfare or Grand Theft Auto and the impact it’s had on their lives’, which in turn affects our lives. Let’s face it, we play games on our Android devices. What once was an afterthought because of our Sony PSPs, Nintendo DS systems, Xboxes— is now very much status quo and the norm to even the average and simplistic Android user.
The continuous advancements from the development of games allows for users to have respectable Android gaming experience at the very least. One significant thing about the Android platform is the significance of the choice of apps that users want to use: paid apps or free apps. This is especially relevant with gaming on Android. The Android platform caters to two main categories of Android gamers: the recreational gamer and the hardcore gamer. The recreational gamer (and even Hardcore gamers to a certain extent) can enjoy popular gaming series such as Angry Birds, Words With Friends and Shoot The Apple, at no cost to them generally speaking. The hardcore gamer can enjoy such games as Modern Combat 3, Grand Theft Auto III, Madden ’12 and Need For Speed just to name a few, for a premium price that is more than reasonable especially with the vast amount of content included in the various games. There’s a consensus that both gamer types love seeing games that are free, especially when they are free games that look and play at a high level. Knowing that, there’s a troubling trend growing among developers of Android games found in the Market— the “Freemium” model. Read on to find out why this is not only a bad practice among developers, but why it turns me as a gamer off to certain games, even if they look and feel great.