Last week we reviewed the insanely popular overnight hit, Draw Something. As soon as the app was released it almost instantly became the top free and paid apps in the Play store and remains there to this day. If you are reading this I imagine you have at least heard of this app and at most are highly addicted to it, playing it all day long with over 15 games going on simultaneously – I know who you are :-) Anyway, all folks who have a Draw Something account recently received an email outlining the future update plans for the game. If you have been experiencing bugs have no fear, not only are OMGPOP and new owners Zynga going to fix all reported bugs, they are going to issue some great new features as well. In case you trashed the email or it landed in your spam box, this is what you can expect in the upcoming update:
It’s nice to see Gameloft publishing more free games into the Google Play Store these days. Gameloft announced in their annual financial report that more free apps are coming, including The Dark Knight Rises, Ice Age, The Avengers, The Amazing Spider-Man, My Little Pony, and Littlest Pet Shop. So how are they providing so many apps for free? With in-app purchases, of course.
Every game the studio releases this year will apparently be “heavily social” and include in-app purchases. Looks like they are taking a page from Glu Mobile with this method of monetization, and with this level of commitment, it seems like it’s been working for them.
Free games are good, but some folks dislike the concept, feeling that it’s unfair to keep certain features that would make the game complete behind a pay wall. Personally, I have no problem with Gameloft’s implementation of in-app purchasing since they seem to keep it pretty well balanced and still playable without requiring payment.
What are your thoughts on in-app purchases? Tell us in the comments!
It was back in January when the uber popular game Shadowgun received “The Leftover” update, a welcomed expansion pack containing four additional levels and a slew of new features. At that time the update was limited to the standard game while the Tegra 3 THD version was promised to arrive in the near future. Well here we are two months later and Shadowgun THD is finally getting its just desserts as the “Datadisc” update has landed in the Google Play store. Once updated this is what you can expect:
- 4 new levels
- new enemy creature
- new gun
- new type of gaming interaction
- new soundtrack
- New or improved content in general (with impact also on original Shadowgun version)
- new element in the control – Roll
- tuned difficulty, weapons and enemies
- better, more intensive gaming experience
So there you have it folks. If you’ve already purchased Shadowgun THD and havn’t received your update yet may I what you are waiting for? If you thought the game was cool before wait till you see it now, I swear the graphics got better too! To grab the update or to purchase the game for $4.99, hit up one of the links after the break.
Dang it, as if we weren’t already addicted to physics games like Angry Birds and Shoot The Apple, now we’ve got Dude Perfect, an addicting as heck physics game too that calls for ballers everywhere to download. If you love taking trick-shots and are a huge fan of the Dude Perfect following, you can now bring it to your smartphone with this all new time passer. Bathroom breaks are sure to be extended as the game allows you to create and take trick-shots with all sorts of obstacles and in the most bizarre of places.
We’re Dude Perfect™—the YouTube guys that bring you the world’s craziest basketball shots—and we’re thrilled to introduce the first ever trick-shot basketball game! Prove you have what it takes to master the art of the trick-shot by taking, and making, the most epic shots imaginable!
The new puzzler offers a slew of cool trick-shots to take and even furthers game play by allowing you to create your very own levels with their new custom level editor. In addition, you can challenge friends online as you try to beat their high scores to show off to the world. Some are calling it the new Angry Birds and some are just touting how awesome and rich the graphics are. Judge for yourself by heading past the break for the download links and don’t forget to let us know what you think of it in the comments below. More screen shots and a video demo after the break.
Well folks the wait is over as Angry Birds Space has finally landed in the Google Play store and Amazon App Store. As you probably already know by now, this is the latest release from the Rovio team and brings completely new bird mechanics with the addition of gravitational force. The game is available as a free ad-supported version in the Google Play store and a $0.99 add-free version is currently limited to the Amazon App Store. For those with a Kindle Fire you can get an HD version through Amazon for $2.99. Don’t forget, those with a Samsung Galaxy devices get access to 30 exclusive levels.
Even if you don’t have a Samsung device you really need to check this game out. I had a lot of fun playing it and it’s a fresh new take on the game we all fell in love with long ago. Jump past the break for download links.
LG showed off the Optimus 3D Max at Mobile World Congress this year, and now Gameloft has gotten on board to optimize a bunch of their titles for the glasses-free 3D device. Just what games will be available from LG’s Smart World once the phone is released? Here’s a list:
- Assassin’s Creed 3D
- Dungeon Hunter 2 3D
- James Cameron’s Avatar 3D
- N.O.V.A. 2 3D
- Shrek Kart 3D
- BackStab 3D
- Fishing Kings 3D
- Modern Combat 2: Black Pegasus 3D
- Shadow Guardian 3D
- Spider-Man: Total Mayhem 3D, Order & Chaos
- Splinter Cell 3D
One thing the Max can do that it’s predecessor, the Optimus 3D (or LG Thrill in the States) , cannot is convert regular 2D apps into 3D. While that’s a cool trick, converted apps are not “optimized”, meaning someone didn’t painstakingly go through the app and tweak the assets for a more engaging 3D experience. That’s what Gameloft is doing with this partnership.
Read Gameloft’s press release after the break.
Humble Bundle 2 was just released today and not only does it bring some great games to Android it also supports some great developers and charities (Child’s Play Charity, Electronic Frontier Foundation). For those of you who don’t know, Humble Bundle is a set of games that allows you to pay whatever price you want for four games, although if you meet or beat the average donation amount ($6.05 as I write this) you get an additional fifth game thrown in to the mix. After you pick your donation amount you get to decide where your monies go. You can give it all to charity, developers, or a combination of both. There is even a spot to tip your Humble host.
In its second iteration, Humble Bundle 2 includes Zen Bound 2, Canabalt, Cogs, Avadon: The Black Fortress, and a bonus for those who aren’t cheapskates – Swords and Soldiers. One great thing about this deal is that it is cross-platform capable, you can install all games on any platform, making it a deal worth around $57. You have two weeks to get in on the action so whenever you are ready and feeling generous head on over to their website. In the meantime check out the explanation/demo video after the break.
If you loved Cut the Rope as much as I did, you’ll want to head over to the Google Play Store and download the new Cut the Rope: Experiments. ZeptoLab has brought us some more candy-filled adventures for the adorable Om Nom.
There are 125 new experiments (or levels) with 5 new settings, and more to come. The level packs include Getting Started, Shooting the Candy, Sticky Steps, Rocket Science, and Bath Time. Things like rope guns, suction cups, rockets, and water will be part of the game play. There are some new characters, along with a new story line featuring commentary from the Professor. You can even find hidden evidence for the Professor’s photo album to share on Facebook or post Scoreloop achievements and leader boards to compare your progress to other rope cutters around the world.
The game was only available in a Kindle Fire edition on the Amazon App Store at first. But, it’s now available on the Play Store and the Amazon App Store for other Android devices, for $0.99. Check out the link below to download your copy.
Play Store Download Link
Mama called the doctor and the doctor said….. Super Monkey Ball 2, Sakura Edition has made its way to the Android platform and man is it addicting! Sega is bringing the Gamecube classic to Android and you can now get Aiai, MeeMee, Baby and GonGon to roll through 126 boards in six different worlds. It’s on. Use your accelerometer to control your transparent ball to get passed a series of obstacles and goals. In addition, there are four mini games to keep you busy should you beat all 126 levels. Monkey Target, Monkey Golf, Monkey Base and Monkey Bowl should keep you busy for quite some time. You can snatch the game for a mere 99¢ cents as a promotion and get started with some serious monkey business asap. Feel free to let us know what you think of it in the comments below. Check out some of the screen shots and the video to see the game in action. Download links after the break.
Mark your calendars, Android users – Temple Run by Imangi Studios is coming your way on March 27. And for free, no less. Android users can finally experience the endless gameplay and the thrill of grabbing gold coins while avoiding demonic monkeys. This game has been widely popular on iOS, with over 40 million downloads. It’s also been the Top Grossing App and Top Free App in January 2012.
There had been a few delays on the release date, but we now have just a few short weeks left to wait. Head over to the
Android Market Google Play Store on March 27 to download your copy.
Imangi Studios Brings Temple Run to the Android Marketplace March 27
WASHINGTON, D.C. – March 6, 2012 – Imangi Studios today announced that Temple Run, the Top Grossing App and Top Free App in the App Store in January 2012, will be released for Android devices on March 27. Free to download, Temple Run challenges players to test their reflexes as they race down ancient temple walls and along sheer cliffs. With endless gameplay, players collect coins as they jump, slide and run to escape the evil monkeys guarding the temple while avoiding obstacles.
“We are excited to finally share the Android release date with our fans who have been so enthusiastic and supportive of Temple Run,” said Keith Shepherd, co-founder of Imangi Studios. “By expanding to more mobile devices, we hope to provide the same addictive and fast-paced gameplay to an entirely new group of players.”
The iOS version of Temple Run for iPhone and iPad boasts over 40 million downloads in the App Store since its debut in August 2011.
About Imangi Studios
Imangi Studios was founded by husband and wife team Keith Shepherd and Natalia Luckyanova in 2008. With the addition of artist Kiril Tchangov in 2009, the three-person studio has developed mega-hit Temple Run, which has been downloaded by 6% of the entire United States population since its release in August 2011. Based in Washington, D.C., the self-funded, fully independent studio previously developed Harbor Master,geoSpark, Hippo High Dive and Max Adventure for iOS.