Last year at CES, Archos showed off their GamePad tablet device. It was a pretty unique tablet-hybrid, but it wasn’t without faults. This year, Archos has brought a much improved GamePad 2 to CES that improves a number of things to create a really great Android gaming experience.
The device runs a quad-core CPU with a Mali 400 GPU and 2 GB of RAM for excellent performance, and the 7 inch screen has a 1280 x 800 resolution for crisp details. The gaming buttons on the device have been polished and improved with the GamePad 2, and Archos has included a handful of new software tweaks and improvements. Overall, it looks like a great follow-up to the original GamePad. You can check out our hands on video below to see it in action.
Be sure to keep up with the rest of our coverage at CES this year.
If you’re looking for a simple and fun game, HeroCraft’s Farm Fest might be a good choice. It’s very reminiscent of Farm Frenzy, but I think this one has a little better graphics. In this game, you will build up your farm by raising animals and processing the produce (eggs,hams, etc.). You will also have to avoid roving boars to maximize your sales. You earn money by delivering the processed goods in the nearby city.
If you like puzzle/management games, you will find this one easy to play. HeroCraft explains in detail what you need to do (collecting product, processing, and delivering) at each level. It quickly becomes more difficult as wild boars try to take out your animals, but thankfully you can hire a dog to fend them off.
Angry Birds fans have a new game to play. Actually, those of you that aren’t so much into Angry Birds might get into this one as well. Angry Birds Go is all about downhill racing on Piggy Island so it’s sure to be a blast. You can race as either birds or piggies in this first ever 3D Angry Birds world. You will start out as soapbox car, but you will be able to upgrade along the way, hopefully achieving supercar status. Of course that just might cost you though. This is the first free-to-play game from Rovio, so make sure to keep your wallet close by.
Hit the break for more info, the video trailer, and download links.
If you’ve been waiting for Mad Catz’ M.O.J.O console, the release date is here and you’ll finally be able to pick one up. A few retailers like Amazon, Newegg, and Gamestop are offering the $249 console, but you can also order one directly from Mad Catz if you would prefer.
The specs haven’t changed since we last heard about the device, so you’re still getting a Tegra 4 CPU, 2 GB of RAM, and 16 GB of internal storage for games, plus the Google Play Store. Mad Catz has thrown in a AAA battery powered controller and HDMI cable in the box, so you’ll be able to get started without having to buy anything extra. You can also connect any smartphone or Windows PC via Bluetooth to the console.
At $249, this is still a pretty tough sell, I think. The NVIDIA Shield is currently going for the same price and offers a lot of portability (and things like NVIDIA’s GameStream), plus you won’t have to deal with AAA batteries with the Shield. Aside from that, most bigger consoles are seeing holiday sales right now, so it’s not hard to find a PS3 or Xbox 360 for less than 200 bucks. Maybe some people think Android games on a flat-screen offer a better gaming experience than dedicated video game consoles, but I’m just not sold yet.
What do you guys think about Android gaming in the living room? Inevitable future or just a fad that’s going to blow over after the PS4 and Xbox One have been on shelves for a few months?
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.
Source: Google Play Support
Via: Droid Life
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.