We had a chance to see the Splashtop THD app at CES back in January. We were totally excited then and today we’re even more excited because it’s now officially available in the Android Market.
With Splashtop THD you can play 3D PC games from your PC on your Tegra 3 tablet. We are talking 60 frames per second. Other things you can do include:
- Fully access your applications on your tablet such as PowerPoint, Keynote, Outlook, Excel, Word, etc.
- Watch videos / Flash content streamed from your computer in any format
- Listen to music on your computer in any format
- Access your full computer browser (IE, Firefox, Chrome, Safari) including your bookmarks, favorite plug-ins, and extensions (Flash, Java, etc.)
Splashtop specificially says that this is only compatible with Tegra 3 tablets running Ice Cream Sandwich, but in the “about app section” they have it listed as requiring Android 3.1 and higher. We suspect that you will indeed need ICS, which makes this only compatible with the ASUS Transformer Prime. The cost is $6.99 and seems well worth it. Hit the break for our CES video and download links.
We have some exciting news for all you retro gamers: Lester is back!! DotEmu will release Another World 20th Anniversary for Android on March 16. Another World was originally released in 1991 on the Amiga, which brought on a huge cult following. If you aren’t familiar with Another World, you play Lester, a genius physicist. He’s enslaved by humanoid aliens and in a subterranean prison. Your goal is to simply escape, but it really isn’t that simple.
This version features:
- The ability to switch between Original/HD graphics by using 2 fingers at any time
- New intuitive touch-based controls or classic D-pad.
- 3 difficulty modes: Normal, Hard and Hardcore.
- 100% remastered sounds and effects.
- OpenFeint support with more than 10 achievements
- Compatible with Zeemote joystick, connected via Bluetooth.
- Game available in 5 languages (English, French, Italian, German, Spanish).
DotEmu already brought the 1987 classic R-Type to Android back in September, which is a great rendition, so we are so excited for this one. Hit the break for the trailer and full press release.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably played one of the many iterations of Rovio’s extremely popular Angry Birds games. The Finnish company has been very successful marketing this game on all platforms, and merchandising the heck out of the game’s lovable birds and pigs. They’ve been in movie talks and even teamed up with Korean police to help combat bullying. These little guys are literally everywhere… except, apparently, in Rovio’s next game.
In a recent interview, Rovio CEO Mikael Hed spilled the beans that they are working on a new game that is not an Angry Birds spinoff, and it will be out “in a couple of months”. That’s pretty much all he said about it, so no further details are known at this time.
Let’s hope the new game’s characters are as lovable and merchandisable as these birds are. I’d expect nothing less from Rovio.
I’ve got some bummer news for those of you who were hoping on seeing Boarderlands 2 make its way to Android in the future. Trust me, I don’t deliver this news in vain because all of us here at Talk Android were super stoked to see what it would look like running on a Tegra 3 Android tablet, but now unfortunately it looks like we will never get the chance. According to a statement released by Gearbox Software, the tablet in the demo video we witnessed was only used for the presentation purposes and they have no intention on releasing it on Android. Here’s what they had to say to Android and Me about the confusion:
The news out of PLXLAN is unfounded and Gearbox Software is not developing Borderlands 2 for Android. Per our press release on Wednesday, Borderlands 2 will be available on September 18 for PS3, Xbox 360 and Windows PC. As you know, the new trailer went viral yesterday and has nearly 1 million views as of today – it’s likely what was being shown at PLXLAN on a tablet. Hope this clears up any confusion, please feel free to update your readers.
Well there goes that idea I guess. Maybe it’s nothing that some constant nagging wouldn’t fix. ;-)
source: Android and Me
These days, matching and bubble popping games are a dime a dozen. They’re all pretty much the same. So when I decided to try RuniK, I already had an opinion of the game before I even installed it. Fortunately, my snap judgment was way off base. RuniK is one of those rare games that gets everything mostly right, and keeps you coming back for more.
Looking for a way to have some 8-Bit fun on your Android device? Yeah, most people have and it seems to be a bit of a difficult thing in these neck of the woods. However, the boys over at ThinkGeek want to introduce their latest and greatest, the iCade 8-Bitty controller. Oh it’s on ya’ll. It’s about time we’re seeing things like this make it to the Android platform, because after all, who the heck wants to play an 8-bit game on a 3.5-inch screen? Yeah, I went there. The retro styled iCade 8-Bitty allows you to sync up via Bluetooth to any Android device and is open source. So, let the dev’s eat I say. The controller will be launching at the very decent price of $24.99 and we’re sure they’ll be going like hot cakes. Stay tuned for a release date on the hot item and don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.
Minecraft fans have a reason to celebrate with this new update to the Pocket Edition. Mojang, the developer, has added many of the features that hadn’t been previously available in the Pocket Edition. It’s now a lot closer to the full PC version. The 3D block building favorite now allows you to choose between Creative and Survival mode. As those of you who are familiar with Minecraft know, there is tons of great stuff in Survival mode. During the day you build, and there are some new tools and blocks, including fences, gates and doors. Gathering resources from nature is a necessity in this mode. When night falls, you need to hide and protect yourself from monsters, like zombies. If the idea of being attacked by monsters is stressing you out, you can always build safely in Creative mode, and now a double tap on the jump button will make you fly.
If you’re itching to try building your new world, hit up the market link below.
Android Market Link
If you could sum up World of Goo in one word – and you didn’t want to use awesome, magnificent or fantastic – magical would work just fine. The developers at 2D Boy, a team of two (that’s right, two!) ex-Electronic Arts employees working out of San Francisco, have brought us an incredible world to escape in as we rescue goo balls from the evil World of Goo corporation. The Android world waited a long time for this game to hop on over to the Android Market, though the wait is most definitely worth it. The game has been flawlessly ported, giving us the incredible soundtrack and immersive environments we’ve come to expect from the World of Goo.
Looks like the Steam Android app has already completed its invite-only beta phase and is open to everyone with an active Steam account. If you haven’t already, you can get the app from the market and sign into your Steam account to start chatting with friends or browse game deals without needing an invitation.
One thing thats cool about this app is that you can do most things on your phone that you are used to doing on the PC version. Along with communication and shopping, you will be able to follow news from Steam and other sources such as Kotaku, RockPapeShotgun, and ShackNews. Unfortunately you won’t be able to play games on your mobile device but at least you won’t miss out on those 5 min sale windows when you are away from your desktop! Hit up the market link below for your free, everyones welcome, Steam app download.
For those of you who were disappointed to see that the recent release of Sonic 4 Episode 1 wasn’t compatible with your ICS device, you’ll be happy to know there is a market update waiting for you right now.
Today’s Sonic 4 update brings compatibility to all devices running Android 4.0 and I was able to successfully test it out on the Galaxy Nexus and the Transformer Prime. Previously I was unable to get past the start screen but now I am happy to say that I can play the game without a hitch. Speaking of gameplay, it looks damn good and I haven’t noticed any glitches or hangs at all. Now if I only had a Big Gulp full of Slurpee in front of me I’d think I was a tween again! Hit the link below to get your well deserved update.