Today Google launched a new section of the Google Play Store dedicated to offline gaming, a welcome addition to the store for the more data-conscious Android users out there. The new Offline Games section currently includes the excellent Beach Buggy Blitz, Jetpack Joyride and Fail Hard. While a handful of the games support online multiplayer, all 54 of the titles can be played offline. » Read the rest
AMC has announced that they will be releasing an official companion game for their hit series The Walking Dead. The new game, The Walking Dead: No Man’s Land, is being developed for mobile devices by AMC and Next Games. An early look at the game is expected at Comic Con later this month and the title is expected to be released in early 2015 which should coincide with the mid-season premiere for season 5. » Read the rest
Kim Kardashian has built an empire being Kim Kardashian and now that success has extended to mobile gaming. Glu Mobile’s Kim Kardashian: Hollywood was released on June 25th and has already rocketed up the charts to become the third most downloaded game in Apple’s App Store and is in the top ten free games in Google’s Play Store. The game has also garnered near unanimous praise from users ranking five stars. The question now is whether Glu and Kardashian can build on the solid start or will this prove to be another boom/bust for a mobile gaming developer. » Read the rest
We have seen evidence of a NVIDIA branded controller clearing the FCC that could work with a tablet that recently cleared the Global Certification Forum (GCF). The controller may still work with the tablet, but the BBC is reporting that NVIDIA is readying some sort of gaming console that will have a separate controller.
This gaming console would connect to your TV via HDMI, and is expected to be powered by NVIDIA”s own Tegra K1 chip. It will not only play Android games, but it will also stream PC games to the TV as well.
Sonic fans have a new title to check out in the Google Play store. In a follow-up to their 2012 title Sonic Jump, SEGA has released Sonic Jump Fever. In addition to the standard improvements in areas like graphics, the main change for this sequel is the move from being a premium app to being a free app with in-app purchases available. SEGA also incorporates play against your friends and leaderboard rankings much more in this title putting more emphasis on social aspects. » Read the rest
You probably thought Android Wear devices would not be a good form factor for playing games. If the game is simple enough that may not be true. For example, developer Sebastian Mauer has released an “inspired” game called Flopsy Droid for Android Wear devices. Hit the break to check out some screen shots showing how a flying Droid can be piloted through a series of obstacles. If you are lucky enough to already have an Android Wear device, you can use the download links to grab this free game. » Read the rest
We saw a ton of new stuff last week at Google I/O, but one thing that didn’t get as much press was mirroring for the Chromecast. Mirroring will allow you to cast whatever is on your Android device’s display to your TV. This should open up to more gaming via the Chromecast. You could use your phone as a controller, but what would make it even more interesting is to use your phone as a “motion” controller.
Anuj Tandon from Rolocule Games has posted a demo video of his Motion Tennis game using a Nexus 5 as a motion controller while casing to Chromecast. The biggest question is going to be latency, but Google has stressed that they have cut it down to almost nothing. So far, latency looks pretty minimal in the video.
Motion Tennis is already available on Apple TV and the Miracast, but should be available for Chromecast later this summer. Hit the break for the demo video.
When Android TV was announced, Google made it very clear that the platform would be very good for gaming. So how can Google possibly prove it with hardware? Enter Razer. The company is going to launch a “micro-console” this fall that is powered by Android TV. It will still doing everything else an Android TV device can do, but Razer is likely going to make sure the internals prove to be remarkable compared to the competition. Right now, though, we do not have any specs to tell. A statement from the company’s CEO, Min-Liang Tan, says their micro-console will be “a console of the future.”
Hit the break for Razer’s full press release. » Read the rest
In case you haven’t been paying attention to your calendar too closely, next week is the Electronic Entertainment Expo or E3, which means we will likely see a bunch of gaming related news over the next few days. The latest that might interest Android gamers involves the Mad Catz M.O.J.O. micro-console and OnLive, the online gaming service. The companies have announced the completion of a project to optimize the OnLive Android app so that it will run on the M.O.J.O. This will give users of the OnLive service access to over 250 AAA games via the PlayBack game service as well as their own library of games via the CloudLift service on the M.O.J.O. » Read the rest
Google eagerly wants a piece of your living room. A few years ago, they attempted to do so with Google TV and that completely flopped. The Google TV team was separate from the Android team, despite the service running the same operating system. Google TV was trying to bring television components to the forefront rather than relying upon online services like almost everyone else does. There was a lack of focus on the services that people really cared about. But according to GigaOm, that is all set to change at Google I/O when the company unveils Android TV. » Read the rest