TalkAndroid Staff Picks: Best Android Games for 2012

We already made our picks for best phones and best apps for 2012, and now it’s time for the best game. 2012 finally brought console quality games to Android, but overall, we saw major growth for games that appealed to both casual and hardcore gamers. Although we don’t agree on the best of the best, one thing we can agree on is that we are all looking forward to what 2013 has in store. Hit the break to see the results and let us know your favorites.

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Touch Detective now available at the Play Store – Release your inner detective in cartoon style [Video]

A Nintendo DS classic game, Touch Detective has now been released into Google’s Play Store for your Android device. You play as a young girl and solve “mysterious” cases with her friends. The animation style looks great, and if you’re a fan of this style then definitely give it a go. The app itself is free, but the game is divided into chapters and only the first chapter is free. The other 3 chapters will cost you $4 each or buy them all at once for $9.

“Touch Detective” (4 chapters in all)
・Become Mackenzie, a fledgling detective, and solve various mysteries in a “Touch Adventure”!
・The controls are simple…investigate suspicious items and people with a single touch!!
・The items and testimonies you collect are the keys to the mystery…apply your deductive skills and intuition to tough(?) cases!
・Capturing a dream thief, rescuing a snow fairy…all four chapters of a mysterious tale with heart!
・Loaded with bonus scenarios, too!

You can check out the game in the video after the break!

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OUYA developer Android gaming consoles now shipping

The long awaited Kickstarter-funded OUYA gaming console is finally upon us. Well, some of us at least. The team behind the Android based gaming cube has announced that units have begun shipping, keeping on schedule with its December 28th target date. The first batch is slated to arrive in the hands of eager developers by January 10th, which should give around four months of exclusivity before the consumer edition drops sometime in March or April.

Unlike other high profile Kickstarter projects, the OUYA team has managed to stay on schedule with its aggressive development strategy. Just four months after ending its massive funding campaign, OUYA is already on its way to thousands of backers, something that can be appreciated considering the astronomical $8.5 million raised.

Source: LaptopMag

Amazon Appstore offering deals on popular apps, including OfficeSuite Pro 6

It may be late in the day, but there is still time for you take advantage of a special offer that Amazon is running today. Amazon, through their Appstore, is a popular store for users to obtain apps from and is another option in addition to the Google Play Store. Owners of Amazon devices are familiar with the Appstore because it comes loaded on their devices. Owners of other Android devices can use the Appstore as well by installing the Appstore application. Amazon generates some traffic by offering a free app of the day every day. On this day after Christmas, when many new Android users may finally be getting their feet wet with their new smartphone or tablet device, Amazon is offering several popular apps for free.

Probably the best deal of the whole bunch is OfficeSuite Professional 6, normally priced at $14.99. OfficeSuite Pro 6 can be used to access Microsoft Office Suite files, including the ability to not only view, but edit, Word and Excel files. The app can also be used to convert documents to PDF, there is support for animated slideshows, and integration with Google Docs and Microsoft SkyDrive.

Another popular app, even if not expensive at 99 cents normally, is TuneIn Radio Pro. With TuneIn Radio Pro you can listen to many of your favorite radio stations using your Android device. It is very nice when you are out of town and want a little touch of home or “bring home” a new radio station you find while traveling. Remote workers may be interested in the Splashtop Remote Desktop app which normally costs $4.99.

Gamers are not left out with titles like Radiant HD, Missile Defender, and Shopper’s Paradise HD getting the free treatment as well. To check out the deals, head over to www.amazon.com/appstore or hit the source link below.

source: Amazon Appstore

LEGO HeroFactory Brain Attack released on the Play Store a little earlier than expected [Video]

We didn’t expect this title to hit the Play Store until next month, but we certainly can’t complain when things come early. LEGO HeroFactory Brain Attack has been released and first reviews seem good thus far. The game seems to have some great graphics and you have to save the city when it’s being attacked. Here’s what you can expect from this game:

-Defend Makuhero City and stop the waves of brains attacking the Hero Factory
-Customise your hero with fantastic weapons and armour
-Select Furno, Bulk, Breeze or Rocka to fight as your sidekick
-Earn game points to upgrade your firepower and defences

You can also check out the video below for further descriptions! QR code and links for download will be available after the break!

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Final Fantasy Dimensions, Final Fantasy II, Demons’ Score released in Google Play Store by Square Enix

Just in time for everyone starting a long holiday break looking for something to do on their tablet or smartphone, Square Enix released a trio of titles to the Google Play Store today. The first title is Final Fantasy II, a port of the original FF II from 1988. The game revolves around four war heroes caught between an empire and a rebel resistance. The game features a proficiency system for developing a character versus the more typical level up structure. Final Fantasy II is available for $7.00 and will run on Android 2.2 or higher. Read more

MOGA Mobile Gaming Controller Gaining Support From Top Game Developers

Sometimes a good idea comes around but there’s not much consumer buy-in, possibly bad marketing, or there is poor developer support. I think most of us can admit that the way mobile games have come along in the past 12 months or so that a proper controller is needed to get the most out of games now. The only problem is the whole idea is moot unless the developers jump on board. Well it looks as if that momentum is gaining a bit – at least regarding the MOGA Mobile Gaming Controller from PowerA.

Two recent AAA games that released with MOGA controller support were Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. Gaining support from the best developers is usually critical in pushing ideas forward, while almost making other games’ compatibility ‘mandatory’ just so another game doesn’t have an automatic advantage over it.

This is good news for us as consumers and gamers. The full list of games that have already launched, updated, or will soon be updated with MOGA support are:

  • Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour
  • BATTLE BEARS ROYALE
  • Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
  • Dead Trigger
  • Wild Blood
  • NFL Pro 2013
  • Jet Set Radio
  • Tiki Kart 3D
  • Expendable Rearmed
  • The Bard’s Tale

Here’s to hoping that this list continues to grow.

source:  Canadian Online Gamers

Pitfall! Now Available On the Play Store

There’s just something about playing classic titles on our small devices these days, although some titles are best left in our memories. The latest game to grace our mobile devices is Pitfall! Well-known console software developer, Activision, has taken the 30 year old title and has breathed new life into it with an all new look and gameplay sure to appease fans of the classic while also in hopes of gaining a few new fans. Now, time to explain to your little one what an Atari 2600 was. Grab it via the Store link below.

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