Rovio, the creators behind the Angry Birds franchise, is gearing up to release what will most likely be another blockbuster hit for Android gaming. After recently purchasing the rights to the popular iOS game, Casey’s Contraptions, Rovio has plans to release a successor that should appeal to many people on both Android and iOS. In an interview with Finnish TV channel Yle, Rovio CEO Mikael Hed said that the “quality pressure is high” and Rovio wants “to maintain the high standard Angry Birds fans have come to enjoy.” Although the game hasn’t been formally announced, Hed confirms that “Amazing Alex” is going to be the name of Rovio’s latest endeavor and a recent amazingalex.com domain purchase is further evidence.
Rovio says this “fun and highly addictive take on the physics puzzler” will launch in the next two months but in the meantime we have a video showing you what you can expect. Jump past the break to see Casey’s Contraptions as it were before Rovio took over the reins. It’s pretty exciting to think how they will add their own twist to the already popular game.
Sony’s Xperia Play has been out now for quite some time and it can still be frustrating when you come across a game and the device’s built-in gamepad isn’t supported. If you are a Xperia Play owner I am sure this is rather frustrating and let me tell you, you aren’t alone. Enter LocNet’s GameKeyboard 2.0, the answer to all your Xperia Play gaming woes. As long as your device has root access, GameKeyboard 2.0 will allow you to map any game’s on-screen controls onto the gamepad instead. Setting up the app has been said to be a bit difficult the first time around but after you get the hang of it everything is smooth sailing. There is even an XDA thread full of experienced users who can lend a hand.
GameKeyboard 2.0 sells for $2.49 in the Google Play Store and if this sounds like something you’d be interested in, jump past the break for download links and to see a quick demo video of the app in action. I have a feeling this is what you hardcore Xperia play gamers have been looking for. If you end up checking it out, be sure to come back here and give us your opinion in the comments.
Remember back in the day when you could play cool PC games like Myst, where your fate was in your hands and it was entirely up to you to figure out what to do next? Well, NVIDIA recently teamed up with Phosphor games to bring us Android lovers a game similar to that but on a much higher level – Dark Meadow: The Pact. Now available for free in the Google Play store, Dark Meadow will provide you hours of nonstop fun all the while enjoying some of the greatest graphics I have seen yet on any Mobile device.
Taking full advantage of Nvidia’s Tegra 3 quad-core processor, Dark Meadow is powered by the “Unreal Engine” that is responsible for games such as Gears of War and Infinity Blade. It is safe to say that Dark Meadow is approaching console quality gaming and when I played it on the Transformer Prime I never experienced any lag to speak of. This quickly became my most favorite game on Android hands down. I had an opportunity to spend some time with this game over the past day and I’ve compiled a short review and demo video that you should check out after this break.
Looking over my Android apps that received an update today, Temple Run is one of the more notable ones along with the Chrome browser. The uber popular game has already been downloaded over 10 million times and has only been available in the Play Store for just over three weeks. It is pretty amazing how fast this game has spread and the developers obviously want to keep the millions of users happy.
Today’s update brings Twitter integration as well as a few bug fixes such as; a bug that made it difficult to score points, a bug that caused the runner to accelerate too fast, and a few spelling errors. On top of making the app run better for users, the Twitter integration allows you to tweet your score after completing a run through the Temple. This may prove beneficial to some of you, and more of an annoyance to others. I dunno.
If you have yet to receive the update or haven’t even tried the game, go ahead and hit up one of the links below. The game is free and has almost been perfected at this point. Now if I could only perfect my hand-eye coordination and I would be set!
Google Play Store
Temple Run launched on Android only a few days ago and has already managed to achieve over 1 million downloads in the Google Play store. According to a recent interview with PocketGamer, Imangi Studios, the games developer, isn’t content with the way the game is now and plans to add new content in the near future. Imangi discussed that they are working on new environments, objectives, characters and power-ups but wouldn’t divulge any detailed release plans. So if you have been playing Temple Run lately and are already bored with the same ol’ dungeonous scene, have no fear because the game is soon to get some new additions.
We will keep you posted if we hear anything else. In the meantime, if you haven’t checked out the game already, you should. It’s free! We also have a review for you to peruse as well.
Google Play Store
For those of you charitable folks who recently purchased the Humble Bundle 2 game pack you will be pleased to hear that a new game has been added to the mix. Supporters now have access to the game Snuggle Truck and will also be thrown in for new contributors as well. That brings the game pack to a maximum of six games based on how much you contribute. In order to qualify for the sixth game, Swords and Soldiers, you must contribute more than the average donation which was $6.42 at the time of writing this.
Snuggle Truck is much more fun that it sounds and is best described like this:
Snuggle Truck is a trials-style, 2D challenge-platformer. Players race a pickup truck filled with stuffed animals to the finish line, while rocks, bumps and other hazards conspire to throw the player’s precious cargo out of the vehicle. The game includes a level editor and access to thousands of user-created levels.
Whats more, Android backers will eventually get access to the satirical version of the game called Smuggle Truck. It’s basically the same game except with a controversial twist – immigration. You can look for this unedited version of the game to be announced to Humble Bundle supporters sometime in the near future. In the meantime, jump past the break for a link to further details and a demo video of Snuggle Truck in action.
I like zombies. They’re tenacious, hungry, and single-minded in their bloodlust. They’re also easy to kill when there’s just one or two, but much more difficult when there are hundreds lumbering toward you. In tribute to my current favorite TV show, AMC’s The Walking Dead, I’ve put together my top 10 favorite Android zombie apps for your zombie-killing pleasure! Check out all 10, in no particular order, after the break!
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.