Google has released a new game called Pie Noon, designed specifically to show off just how easy it is to create games for Android TV. The game is completely open-source and written in C++, and it supports all of the basics that Google wants to push with Android TV. It features multiplayer with up to 4 players, a single-player experience, dedicated touch controls, and Google Play Games leaderboards and services.
Apps are easily the biggest draw of owning a smartphone, but unfortunately, they can also be what hinders the performance of our devices, too. AVG anonymously collected data from over 1 million smartphone and tablet users to measure just which apps drained battery the fastest and used up the most storage space, and the results are pretty interesting.
Earlier this year, Star Wars: Galactic Defense was announced as a tower defense games with elements from the Star Wars universe. The game has finally been released onto the Play Store as a free app with some in-app purchases.
The game lets you choose between siding with the Light or Dark side and offers some unique gameplay experiences on both ends, so there should be some replay value here. It’s still a tower defense game at its core, so if you’re a fan of tower defense games and Star Wars, you’ll probably want to pick this one up at least to try out.
Hit the break for the download and some screenshots.
The folks over at Humble Bundle have just launched another “pay what you want” deal, this time with the Halloween season very much in mind. The new “Mo-Boo!-ile Bundle” contains six spooky games together with a free bonus one entitled “The Spookening”.
There’s no bundle like a Humble Bundle, and today marks the ninth installment in the Humble Bundle series, and in this writer’s opinion, easily one of the best since the Humble Bundle launched. For those new to the Humble Bundle, its a pay-what-you-want bundle of games with a twist: if you pay more than the average price, a second tier of games is added to the bundle, and as new games are added over the coming weeks, previous buyers will be given access to the new ones.
Even though Twitch might still be considering selling to Google, that’s not stopping them from keeping their Android application updated. The new update brings the app to version 3.0, and with it comes a greatly enhanced user interface, an easier way to search and subscribe to broadcasters and channels right from the home screen, and the ability to chat with other users and streamers.
If you regularly use Twitch on your device, you’re definitely going to want to get your hands on this update. Hit the link below for the download.
Android TV was one of the bigger announcements at I/O this year, especially if you’re into Android gaming. Not long after the keynote, Gameloft has announced that they have 9 of their best titles optimized specifically for Android TV.
These titles will see enhanced graphics for larger screens, adjusted gameplay controls that will likely work well with gamepads, and some extra features that will take advantage of Android TV’s capabilities.
Everybody deals with those pesky in-app purchases from time to time, especially in mobile games. The in-app purchases help developers make money by luring potential customers in with a free (and often very limited) game, then hitting them with a paywall a few hours in. Sometimes levels are locked if you don’t pay for them, and sometimes leveling up your character is incredibly tedious if you don’t spend real money on in-game currency.
We all know how hard it is to hand over your brand new tablet to your wide-eyed kid or younger sibling, but when we do, why not make sure there are age-appropriate applications on the device? Instead of having them stare mindlessly into a game of Angry Birds, why not have them play something educational?
Fortunately there are plenty of great apps for kids available on the Play Store, and many are even free. Whether you’re looking for an enjoyable experience learning to read or an exciting game to teach your kids math, these apps open up a new world of learning through technology.
To help you weed out the apps that won’t entertain and enrich kids, we’ve created a list of my top five educational apps and games that kids are sure to enjoy. Be sure to let us know about what apps your kids enjoy in the comments!
Google is hosting a big sale on some popular games on the Play Store right now, offering top titles at a pretty big discount. Games like Gameloft’s The Dark Knight Rises, Need for Speed, and 10000000 are on sale for a buck, and others like NBA 2k14 have dipped to around 3 dollars.
If you’ve been itching for a new game to play on your commute in the mornings, hit the link below to take advantage of the deals.
source: Google Play