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. Read more
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.
Today is a joyous day if you’re an avid Android gamer. You may recall that we brought you a hands-on experience of the cool OnLive gaming service which includes over 200 mouthwatering games from every genre. But what happens when you mix the OnLive gaming service with the respected Rockstar brand? You bring an exciting variation of the LA Noire game of course. OnLive has made the controls available for the game officially, so when you open the game in an OnLive mobile app, you’ll be able to play it usingf touchscreen-only controls by swiping across the screen instead of using virtual controls. Of course you’ll need to make sure you have a free OnLive account and buy the LA Noire game in order for this to work.
If you’re on a tablet today and have an OnLive account already, be sure to fire up LA Noire and give the new controls a whirl today.
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.
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.
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
Hit the break for download links
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.
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.
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?