Traffic Wonder HD for Android is a creative and challenging puzzler that’s also very addicting [Hands on Video]

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For those of you that like puzzle games, I’ve got a treat for you. It’s called Traffic Wonder HD. It was released a couple of days ago in the Amazon app store for $1.49, but after a short delay, it’s now live in the Play Store for .99 cents.  The goal is simple, but the task isn’t. You are given a certain number of vehicles, and you need to figure out what the best route is for each one to get to their respective destination or garage. I say the “best route” because there are two other issues at hand, which is what makes this game so challenging. The first is that none of the vehicles can collide with each other and the second is you have to use the least amount of fuel. For each vehicle, you trace the path that you want it to take to get to its garage. After you have completed the paths for all the vehicles, you hit the play button and watch the results. Hopefully you won’t burn too much fuel and none of the cars collide with each other. If either of those happens, and it most likely will, you go back to the drawing board.

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Kainy Allows Users To Stream Gaming Content From PC To Phones Or Tablets Using WiFi, 3G Or 4G Connection

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We have yet another method to display PC content on our tablets everyone. After previously seeing an option for gaming on Tegra 3-based tablets, developer Jean-Sebastien Royer saw that option wasn’t enough and decided to do something different— in a better way of course— by developing the Kainy app for both tablets and smartphones. The app basically allows users to stream gaming content from their PC to their tablets over a WiFi, 3G or 4G connection. Sounds great and all, but I’m sure you’re all wondering what the special thing about the app is, right? Well, Kainy allows users to create specific and custom layouts of the controls for all games. In addition, the app provides Bluetooth support and 128-bit data encryption. Very nice indeed.

The app is available for all Android 2.2+ devices for a not-too-shabby price of $5.04. Hit the break to see a video demonstrating the app in action and to find the Play Store download link.

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Electronic Arts brings NBA JAM and FIFA 12 to the Play Store

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Basketball and soccer fans have something to get excited about today because Electronic Arts (EA) just released NBA JAM and FIFA 12 for Android in the Play Store.

NBA JAM has a 90′s feel and features 3 modes of play:

  • Play Now – Select a team and jump right into the ballgame.
  • Classic Campaign – Defeat all other teams to win the championship, and unlock legends, hidden players, and outrageous cheats.
  • Local Multiplayer – Go big head 2 big head against a friend via local WiFi or Bluetooth

FIFA 12 is probably the best soccer game available and features:

  • 22 officially licensed leagues, 500+ licensed teams and more than 15,000 players.
  • 32 official stadiums
  • New control schemes with 360° player movement and gesture-driven skill moves

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DoomGLES is the latest Doom port with optimized graphics and Xperia Play support [Video]

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Doom fans have a new port to play with in the Play Store. The developer says this one is the “best looking Doom port on mobile devices” What makes DoomGLES so special is it’s ported to OpenGL so it’s graphically improved with real time dynamic lighting, blood projections, particle effects, realistic water effects, and 3D monsters. DoomGLES is optimized for high resolutions, including tablets, and if you happen to be a Sony Ericsson Xperia Play owner, you will also love to know that it’s optimized for your gamepad.

Since this is just an emulator, you have to provide the wad files from the full PC title files. Upon installation you do get to download the original freeware version, but in order to play other titles in the franchise, you will need those wad files. Wad files contain all the elements for the game like maps, icons, and graphics used. If you own Ultimate Doom 1 or Doom 2, all you need to do is save those wad files to your SD card. Now if you don’t own the PC versions, lets just say you can probably find them with a quick Google search, but you didn’t hear that from me.  DoomGLES costs $2.14.

Check out the gameplay trailer and download links after the break.

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Gameloft And Fox Announce Collaboration To Bring Ice Age Game To Smartphones And Tablets

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The Ice Age series of movies are no doubt some cool movies– albeit in a cute, CG-generated sort of way. Fox Digital knows you’re excited for the 4th installment of the series called Continental Drift, so that’s why its partnered with Gameloft to bring an official Ice Age game to smartphones and tablets. While there aren’t many details of what type of game this new collaboration will bring, we do know players can interact with the familiar characters such as Sid, Manny and Diego, while playing through a series of quests and mini-games. Not excited yet? Here’s Gameloft Senior VP of Publishing Gonzague de Vallois and his thoughts on the importance of this upcoming game:

“As such, we’re absolutely thrilled to offer the official Ice Age game on smartphones and tablets. We have invested tremendously in this title and it is definitely one of our most important launches this year.”

Hit the break to see the full press release from Gameloft.

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Looking for an old school arcade shooter? Try Titan Turret for Android [Hands on Video]

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Old school fans need to check out Titan Turret by Code Monkey. The premise is simple – shoot all the enemies with your gun turret. Unfortunately to accomplish this isn’t necessarily so easy. Much like many of the old school shooters like Space Invaders, it was always easy and simple to play, but never easy. You will have to deal with planes, jets, helicopters, and ground troops, but thankfully your gun turret can rotate and shoot at a 180 degree radius.

Code Monkey brought in some 21st century elements to the game with the chance to shop for upgrades like speeding up your rotation or increase the speed of ammo reloading. You never had those opportunities in the old days unless of course you knew of some “easter egg” that unlocked something. Hit the break for our hands on video and Play Store download links. It’s free so what are you waiting for?

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Playstation Store Games Officially Available For Sony Xperia S Smartphone

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Playstation certification for the newly launched Sony Xperia S in Europe (and it’s Japanese Xperia Acro HD cousin) was a given, it was just a matter of when. It looks like the time has come for the smartphone to finally receive that coveted Playstation certification. The gang at Android Central reports the placeholder link on the app drawer in the device will now take you to you guessed it– the Playstation Store where the PS Pocket app can be downloaded. As with any 3rd party app store, you’ll simply need to enable Non-Market applications by going to your Settings and then Applications in order to get started. Then you go to the “Let’s Start PS Store” in the app tray. After that, it’s just a matter of downloading a few more apps which let you buy and play games and bam– you’re all set to enjoy all of that Playstation goodness on your phone.

Keep in mind, you’ll need a PS Network or Sony Entertainment Network account in order to access Sony’s library of games, which is currently limited to a dozen or so games. And even then, some of the available games are still limited to the Xperia Play, so that number really shrinks a bit more. Still, Xperia S (and Acro HD) owners will now have yet another reason to waste time thanks to the newfound availability of awesome Playstation games.

source: Android Central

Square Enix Launched Final Fantasy III RPG Game… For Japanese Android Devices

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One of the best RPG games ever is officially on Android devices… well in Japan at least. Famed developer Square Enix has not only brought Final Fantasy III to Android, but it has brought with it stunning 3D graphics, an improved UI and controls specifically customized for touchscreens. The game has successfully transitioned from being dated and has become modern folks. For those of you who are worried about the original story being lost or changed also fear not— the story seems to be entirely intact from the original.

As indicated at the beginning: while this game is out on Android devices, it’s only available in Japan at this time. Here’s hoping Square Enix comes to its senses and releases a English version for the rest of us who love the game. Be sure to check out some of the screenshots below.

 

 

source: Droid Gamers

Google to Combine Existing Gaming Platforms and Google+ Into One Unified Platform

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Google+ Product Manager Punit Soni promised today, at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, that Google will combine it’s multiple gaming platforms into a single unified platform, making developers’ lives much easier.

“By next year, we will not be here talking about Google+ Games, Chrome Web Store games, Games for Native Client and Android games. We will be talking about Google games.”

Doing this will give developers a much larger audience to target, making developing for Google more lucrative. Technically, this will entail using technologies such as HTML5 and Google Chrome Native Client, which enables browser games to take advantage of 3D graphics hardware, for easier and higher performing cross-platform compatibility.

Google+ will serve as the social layer supporting and helping games get noticed. With already more than 100 million active monthly users spending more than one hour a day on the site, Google+ will certainly attract gaming companies. Game developers are excited to have a Facebook alternative, but want Google to provide more promotional opportunities for their games. Google is starting to do this already with a new notification system to promote games to your Google+ circles.

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FTW Will Allow Gamers To Sync Game’s Progress Across Platforms

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Gaming is about to get a smidge better, no matter what your platform cup of tea is. In a “why-didn’t-I-think-of-that-?” moment, gaming service FTW has brought the ability to play one game on something like your iPad, save it— and then continue the game’s progress on your Android. The way FTW works is developers would integrate FTW into their apps/games and then FTW will sync your game’s progress across all platforms.

I’m sure you’re all excited and asking the question, “where can I sign up at?” Well, the service is not quite ready yet kids. While FTW is still in development, the necessary APIs can’t be found in games at the moment, though they are hoping for a launch within the coming months for both iOS and Android— with Mac and Windows to follow shortly after. In the meantime, FTW is urging gamers to send emails to their favorite game developers to have them jump on board with FTW by including the service into their apps and games. Don’t wait kids— make sure you email your favorite developers today. You’ll be especially thankful later.

source: FTW
via: Phandroid