The future of gaming is here folks and thanks to OnLive, playable cloud games are hitting a tablet and smartphone near you. It’s been in the works for quite some time but looks like beginning today OnLive will finally make the experience available for a number of devices on the market via an Android application. Our friends over at The Verge managed to get a sit down with the OnLive folks in which they provided a demo of the software running on the HTC Flyer and Motorola Xoom as well as an iPad 2. There aren’t a ton of touch games as of yet, however, there were demos of Defense Grid Gold and Split/Second which happened to work very well. Defense Grid Gold is a tower defense game which supports pinch-to-zoom and finger scrolling and Split/Second is a fast-paced arcade style racing game which allows you to use virtual joysticks, sliders and buttons to maneuver. OnLive has been working with some popular names as well to work hard in getting good quality touchscreen games to the market. One such game, L.A. Noire, will implement touchscreen controls as well and will allow you to manipulate criminal evidence with your fingers. » Read the rest
Vector Unit is at it again trying to give gamers an alternative experience to racing games. Fresh off their Riptide GP, Vector Unit has created Shine Runner. Shine Runner is a water-based racing game similar to Riptide GP– with a few (humorous) differences. Visually, the game is gorgeous as it has the same fluid gameplay and clean graphics found here as it was seen in Riptide GP. However, users will be able to race through the muddy waters of the backwoods bayou using a fanboat. You’ll be able to smash and crash through a destructible world filled with rickety swamp shacks, fishin’ boats, chicken coops, gators, and more. You essentially will race against other fanboats and literally hit anything that impedes your way– docks, chickens, etc. Oh there’s more for those of you who want to act on your secret inner criminal. You can buy and sell contraband goods like Moonshine and Tobacky, smuggling them from one colorful locale to the next in a race for maximum profit. Moonshine? Hitting chickens? Smuggling? Sounds like a tootin’ good time I reckon. You can find Shine Runner in the Android Market now for $1.99. Hit the break to see some screenshots, a nice clip, the Android Market link and QR code. » Read the rest
The folks over at Gameloft want you to enjoy a nice version of the popular hit game UNO, on the house of course. Gameloft is now offering a free version of UNO so long as you’re ok with the embedded ads. If not, and you’d rather bypass the ads, there’s always the $2.99 ad-free version which can be found on the Android Market. UNO is a popular card game in which all players need to match colors and numbers until a player is left with one card. You can play in multiplayer match up mode via online pairing or with local players over Wifi and Bluetooth. The app will run both on standard Android smartphones as well as Honeycomb tablets. Hit the break for a few more screen shots and to snag the download links. And don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below. » Read the rest
Android gamers have another reason to celebrate. The highly popular Wii game World of Goo is now available for Android devices. How popular is the game? It’s popular enough to garner numerous “Game of the Year” awards. What took so long for the game to be ported to Android is anyone’s guess. But hey, better late than never right?
In case you’re not familiar– the game is built on the premise of using “Goo” to create things. You have to use the “Goo” to create bridges, cannonballs and other tomfoolery in order to complete objectives. Believe me– there are lots of objectives, so the gameplay doesn’t get stale. Hit the break for some screenshots of the game as well as the Market links and QR codes for both the full and demo versions. » Read the rest
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone in the States and Canada! We all have our various reasons of being grateful, thankful and in a generous spirit for this time of year. Gameloft is feeling thankful and generous by offering Android gamers several of their best games for gratis from Black Friday through Cyber Monday. Yes you read that right— several games will be available for free this holiday weekend. All you do is simply follow @GameloftAndroid on Twitter and be on the lookout for an announcement of the free game. You’ll have to check frequently and stay on top of @GameloftAndroid’s Twitter feed as each announced game will only be available for 2 hours only. Oh and what’s more is Gameloft has their entire Android library of games will be on sale for 99 cents through the special promotion link found on @GameloftAndroid.
[via Gameloft Blog]
Score one for Android users. We’ve been clamoring for an option to wirelessly view our content from our Android devices to a bigger screen in real-time and Dream Chip Technologies has created Xbounds which allows us to do just that. Using a small dongle, you will to connect your Android device to the dongle via WiFi and voila, have your content viewed on a bigger screen. The great thing about Xbounds is it appears to use a fast enough connection for Android users to stream graphics-intensive items in real-time such as video games or videos. Looks like we’ll have yet another set of means to play Angry Birds on a bigger screen, right?
3D graphics, fast-paced gaming and intuitive controls? Those are the traits of today’s free Amazon app: Cross Court Tennis. It’s a tennis game that allows players to work their way up from being a scrub to eventually the world’s best. Cross Court Tennis features an Instant Play mode for immediate gaming and of course a Career mode which allows you to play various tournaments with the goal of winning a Grand Slam in the end.
What stands out on this game are the controls– you swipe in order to perform a basic function such as directing your player or performing a specific attack. There’s an Auto-Run mode in the game that allows beginners to just have control of their shots– but the game will automatically control your footwork. Once ready, you can then move to the Free-Run mode and you will then have total control of the direction of your player in addition to your shots. It’s challenging at first, but definitely intuitive in the end. Establishing your drop shots, slice shots and topspin takes some getting used to, but once you practice and get the hang of it, you’ll be owning opponents in no time. If you play in the Career mode, there’s something you should note. While you can save your game’s progress, you can’t save your progress onto your device’s SD card. Just something I thought you all should be aware of in case this might be a potential deal-breaker.
The game normally costs $1.99, but is available for free in the Amazon App Store today. Keep in mind it’s a hefty 21MB in girth and requires a Wi-Fi connection to download, but it does run on any Android 2.1 and above device. If you don’t have the Amazon App Store yet, be sure to check out our handy guide on how to install it onto your device. Hit the break for the App Store link and some screenshots for your viewing. » Read the rest
Some of us do some moderate to heavy gaming on our Androids. Of course we know there are limitations with most phones, namely the lack of physical gaming buttons like those found on the Sony Xperia Play phone. A Swedish company called Fructel came up with a rather ingenious solution for Android owners to be able to play games in a much more traditional manner. They created a device called the Gametel Wireless Controller and it’s a third-party gamepad add-on to your Android device. The gang at Pocket Gamer were able to get their hands on a prototype and share some of their thoughts of how the device worked for their phone. The pad itself works in a neat way as all you do is download a specific driver to your Android phone and physically attach your phone to the gamepad. You then pair the gamepad to your phone’s Bluetooth signal and you’re good to go. Also mentioned is the ability to connect a tablet to the gamepad, though you obviously can’t clamp the tablet onto the gampad. Of course every game isn’t compatible with the gamepad, but there’s a nice list of major games out there that will work.
Hit the link below to check out the full preview of the cool add-on.
[via Pocket Gamer UK]
After being in development for a quite a while, Dead on Arrival, has finally made its way into the Android Market. Although exclusive to Sony’s Xperia Play for the first month, some reports are showing compatibility with the Xperia Arc as well.
Dead on Arrival is a 3D, top-down zombie survival game that takes place inside a plague ridden hospital and is available as a free download from the Android Market. Gameplay limits you to one room until you earn enough cash to open other doors. You can earn cash by killing zombies or you can speed up the process by using real money to purchase in-app upgrades and remove advertisements. Some other gruesome features include:
- Fast paced action survival shooter
- Survive against massive waves of the undead!
- Purchase loads of different weapons to defend yourself from the horde
- Buy yourself some time by boarding up doors to keep the undead at bay
- Unlock rooms to make space and find different weapons to finish the fight
- Search for the “random box” and destroy your enemies with the most powerful guns!
- Massive hospital level to explore and defend all by your lonesome
- Tutorial level to help you get to grips with the gameplay
- Full 3D action and gory effects in high detailed graphics perfect for all mobile devices!
One thing to note. The game is a hefty 47MB worth of zombie carnage so you may want to clear up some room on your device before you initiate the download. Jump past the break for download links, screenshots, trailer and press release.
Car racing enthusiasts listen up! EA has just released Need For Speed Hot Pursuit to the Android Market. The game features 2 main modes: acting as a renegade running from the law or acting as a cop trying to protect the streets from those darn street racers. As a cop, you can lay down the law with roadblocks and strips or destroy a wannabe racer’s electrical system with an EMP lock. As a racer you have the strategies of overdrive, jamming, and oil slicks to use to your advantage. Players can drive up to 20 performance cars across 24 day-and-night tracks. There is also the ability to participate in 48 total Cop and Racer Career Events, collect bounty, and rise to the top of the ranks.
Now how many of you are excited about the idea of living out your secret dreams of driving the best and fastest cars? All of you of course. The game will play on any Android device running 2.0 or above and at $7, it’s quite the value for Android racing fanatics.
More Pics and download links after the break.