There are currently eight categories in the gaming section of the Play Store. In February, that is all going to change. According to the Play Store’s support page, the number of categories will expand to seventeen. The page says “Google Play game categories will be expanded to cover a greater variety of games when listed in the Google Play Store.” With a game-playing set-top box reportedly in the works, it would be wise for Google to expand. Also, Android’s gaming categories could use some variety. After the change, the categories will be: action, adventure, arcade, music, role playing, simulation, strategy, puzzle, card, casino, casual, board, family, trivia, word, racing, and sports.
A new report from International Data Corporation and App Annie has revealed some interesting things about mobile gaming for Q3 of 2013. Intriguingly, Android gamers favor playing games on Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablets rather than an Android tablet using the Play Store. This isn’t too surprising as Kindle Fire sales are excellent and an emphasized selling point is gaming. The app store for the Kindle Fire has a huge selection of games and Amazon always includes games in their press images and demonstrations.
So many people enjoy the gaming experience on mobile devices that they actually have passed Nintendo’s 3DS/DS line and Sony’s PlayStation Vita in popularity. That’s also unsurprising because mobile gaming has shifted towards phones and tabs while handheld consoles are experiencing a slump.
Apple stumped Android in app store revenue while also defeating it in popularity. To be exact, Apple’s App Store generated almost three times as much revenue as the Play Store in the United States. The Play Store, however, seems to be on the climb with more quality apps be released and devices being able to handle intense graphics and physics.
Source: App Annie
Today, NVIDIA is releasing an update to their SHIELD handheld console that brings much appreciated improvements. GameStream, the ability to stream PC games to your SHIELD, has been boosted to support 1080p and 60 frames per second when connected through an ethernet cable. You still get 60 FPS when on WiFi, but you’ll drop to 720p. This means you can play some of your favorite games on SHIELD rather than staring at a computer screen.
GamePad Mapper, which allows you to customize your controls, has been given the option to share, download, and rate mapping profiles created by the community. Also, the gyro sensors can be mapped through to analogs to simulate the activity. The right thumbstick can be mapped to look around (like a conventional controller) for games that regularly change perspective via swiping on the touchscreen.
Black Friday is the best day of the year for sales. and the Play Store is no exception. There is a lot of apps and games, so we don’t guarantee that this is all of them, but we will add to the list as we find more.
A lot of these will be on sale all weekend, but I wouldn’t hesitate.
Hit the break for the list and let us know what’s missing.
As the “Black Friday” and “Cryber Monday” deals are around the corner, several great Android games have gone on an sale a little early:
The original OUYA Android-powered gaming console only offered up 8GB of internal storage. That’s a bit of a problem considering most games these days are getting to be more and more data-filled.
Thankfully, the folks over at OUYA have a solution. A new white version of its console was just released, and will offer up 16GB of storage.
You can buy it now for $130, $30 dollars more than the original OUYA. Whether or not that’s too much money for 8 more GB is up to you— but OUYA will soon be sending out a software upgrade which will enable support for USB flash drives so you can expand storage yourself.
It looks like OUYA will try to compete on the lower-end of the console market with this release coming right after the release of the PlayStation 4 and before the Xbox One’s release.
Back in April, we reviewed HeroCraft’s Strategy & Tactics: World War II, and they recently released a new version called Strategy & Tactics: USSR vs USA. It’s essentially the same exact game. HeroCraft is calling it an add-on, for the World War II edition, but you don’t need to have it installed on your device. It’s actually a continuation of the first game.
The only real difference with this edition is the locations and the fact that it’s a fictitious war. It takes place during the Cold War with tensions mounting as Russia is looking to end Capitalism. An atom bomb drops in Beijing, which sets this war into action. You will also find two alternative campaigns.
If you enjoyed the World War II edition, you will love USSR vs USA because gameplay is the same. It’s very much like Risk, but turned up a notch. It’s about taking over countries, but you will be dealing with soldiers, vehicles, and planes. You won’t find any explosions in this game, it’s pure strategy. It’s about making decisions based on the strength or weakness of your soldiers. Do you divide them and attack from different locations or keep them together? Probably a little of both.
Asphalt 8 is widely regarded as one of the best racing games on Google Play, with intense gameplay and great graphics. Normally that kind of game comes at a price, but it was only $0.99 at launch. Now, however, Asphalt 8 is free to anyone who wants it, and they can get it straight from Google Play.
There are of course purchases that you can make within the app for new cars and things like that, but those are not required of you, and you could just as easily get away without spending a cent.
The idea behind making the game free was essentially that Gameloft, the creators of Asphalt 8, wanted everyone to be able to play, even those that thought that spending $0.99 on an app was too much. You can find the QR code and link to the app after the break.
Thor: The Dark World, Marvel’s latest superhero movie, will be opening next week, so it is only fitting that a companion app has been released. Thor: TDW – The Official Game hit Google Play today, letting players take on the forces of Malekith and the Dark Elves in the action-arcade game with RPG elements.
Are you an avid mobile gamer? Now may be a great time to purchase some games you have yet to own as Amazon slashed over a dozen popular titles in their app store just in time for Halloween. Check out the list below after the break.