Developer Days of Wonder has released the Android version of their popular Ticket To Ride title to the Google Play Store. The game is available across a variety of platforms, including a non-digital board game. With an intuitive interface, users should be able to jump right in and play this strategy title, but to do well they may want to check out the video tutorial below to better understand the basic flow and options in the game. Gameplay involves a virtual board with train routes laid out from and to several destinations. Players receive “cards” for trains and destinations with the challenge then to claim routes on the board. The longer your routes, the more points you can earn. However, other players may block your route if they sense your plans. This can not only reduce the length of your routes diminishing your possible points, you could end up holding destinations in your hand which results in negative points. » Read the rest
We just reported on Google’s and Motorola’s secretive and super forward-thinking X Phone, and part of that story was about the heavy emphasis that Google is willing to put into marketing the device. In the story, we heard that Larry Page told Motorola that he is willing to allocate a significant amount of funds into marketing the X Phone. Well, now we know where a portion of those funds are going: to Brian Wallace’s salary. Google just nabbed Samsung’s Vice President of Marketing, Brian Wallace, who helped push Samsung into the Android success story that it is today. Wallace spent the last year working at Samsung and is responsible for the passive-aggressive (and highly successful) “The Next Big Thing Is Already Here” campaign that took swings at Apple’s most devoted fans. Before that, Wallace worked for over ten years at RIM, where he tried to help the struggling Blackberry maker make a turn around. Today, Brian Wallace will sit at the helm of Motorola’s marketing strategies, and hopefully will push the fledgling company back into the powerhouse territory where it used to reside. Let’s hope this all ties into the thickening plot of the Google/Motorola Super X Phone.
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A few months ago, before Google released its most recent Nexus phone, the LG Nexus 4, there were several substantial rumors floating around that Google was planning on opening its Nexus line to multiple manufacturing partners. It all started with a report from the very credible Wall Street Journal and the rumors went something like this: Google will offer its “Nexus” name and early access to the latest stock Android builds to any OEM who is willing to play by Google’s rules and build their phones with a minimum set of specs set by Google’s team. There was said to be five new Nexus phones from five different manufacturers (LG, HTC, Sony, Samsung, and Motorola) all released on November 5th (Android’s 5th birthday) and they’d each be sold in Google’s new Play Store. Sounds pretty plausible, right? Android had finally grown up as an operating system, and now it was time to get the pure Google experience on as many powerful flagship phones as possible, while bypassing the manufacturers ugly and unconventional skins. To be honest, when I first read this rumor I was beyond excited. I absolutely love stock Android (post Ice Cream Sandwich) and was salivating about the fact that I’d get to choose from several top of the line hardware variations for my next Nexus.
What do you get when you have different groups of bugs that want to stake a claim in total dominance and make it into a cartoonish strategy game? You get the visually challenged, yet surprisingly decent game called BugKing. This strategy game gives a whole new meaning to the idea of world domination, for the better of course. Playing as a sect of insects, users will need to go up against swarm of itty bitty competitors. You’ll have your home base and will try to conquer other neutral territories in a level— once you conquer all the territories, you pass the level. Believe me— the premise is simple, but the execution is difficult. Users will need to build up their home base and then expand their expanding army to the other territories, which is done by swiping your finger in order to literally draw out a path for the reinforcements to follow. While you’re doing that, you’re competitors will have the same idea in mind, so you’ll need to not only build up your army— but you’ll need to get to the neutral territories first, while simultaneously taking over your enemies’ home base. The best part is while the controls can be at times unresponsive when it comes to where you want to direct your troops, there’s plenty of gameplay to keep casual gamers interested as there are 48 levels of gameplay at your disposal.
The game is available in the Play Store now for all Android 2.0+ devices for the price of free. Keep in mind however— the free version has an unacceptable number of ads and banners within the game, so there’s also paid (and more importantly— ad-free) version of the game available for a reasonable price of $1.62. It’s definitely not too bad of a way to release your inner desires of you know— wanting to be the top bug on earth.
Searching for a quick, fun and addictive way to kill time while stimulating your brain? Well you may want to give Math Cruncher a try. It’s a puzzle game that involves you guessed it— the subject of math. You are essentially given the task of solving math questions given to you but with a twist— each question comes in the form of a falling tile, so you only have a limited time to answer each question. Users will need to solve equations before they get to the bottom of the screen, while simultaneously avoiding mistakes. In addition, as the game moves forward, equations become faster and you’ll have to keep up with the pace, otherwise you lose.
What’s ironic about this aspect of the gameplay is that the questions are painfully basic and simple— things we should have been able to master in elementary school. While some of the questions (3 – 1 = 2 for example) are simple, things can become tricky when you’re given the task of having to answer consecutive questions on the fly (42 x 15 = 630 followed by 28 x 19 = 532). This game definitely works your brain and challenges you to be sharp and quick in order to achieve the goal of getting as many points as possible. All of these can be executed in the most effective way thanks to some solid controls.
While the gameplay is addictive and top-notch, the graphics and sounds are not. The game claims to feature HD graphics when in reality looks more like standard 32-bit graphics. Also the game is best suited when the annoying music which is looped over and over is shut off completely. While the graphics and sounds could have been much improved— those are not the focus. Again, the focus is the addictive gameplay which will have you solving the various math equations in order to progress your game.
The game is available today for Android 1.6+ devices in both Free and Paid versions. The free version is probably what most will go for thanks to the unobtrusive ads which aren’t the least bit distracting. However the paid version is only 99¢. For some addictive gameplay that will never get old while seeing no ads at all, I think it’s mighty worth it.
You all remember the awesome and hyper-addictive strategy game called Roller Coaster Tycoon? While it will forever hold a place in casual gamers’ hearts, a neat alternative has officially launched and is now available for Android devices. The game called Funpark Friends, puts you in the shoes of ambitious developers tasked with building and running the most awesome theme park imaginable. Here are some of the cool features you can look forward to in the game:
- Build your very own Funpark with an awesome cast of characters to guide you!
- Choose from over 90 rides, games and attractions to add to your park
- Themed rides and decoration sets including Pirate, Medieval, Space, Haunted and more allow you to build awesome themed areas!
- Visit your friend’s Funparks and interact with their rides, shops and attractions!
- Watch your park come to life with beautifully animated rides and visitors
- Play anytime, anywhere with offline play capability
- FREE updates add new rides and features WEEKLY
The game is available for Android 1.5+ devices, though it does come at a hefty 14MB size. That means all of you have no reason not to try out this neat game. Be sure to hit up the Android Market link or scan the QR code below when you’re all ready to jump in on the theme park-building action.
Fans of GRave Defense will want to know that they are coming out with Night of the Living Dead Defense HD soon. It is based on the famous cult classic movie by George Romero. You will go against endless waves of Zombies, and you will have 12 unique upgradeable towers. Each level, eight in all, is unique and will challenge you as you will have to re-think your tactics in order to succeed. No word on when it will be released, but hopefully before Halloween. Check out the preview trailer below.
If you’re a Tower Defense kind of guy or gal, Today’s Free Amazon App is right up your alley. Courtesy of Amazon and developer Larva Labs Ltd., they’ve made their popular graphics rich, Retro Defense, available today for free. This action packed game allows you to set up your own towers, leaving you to fend off unwanted invaders as you soar through the levels. In this strategic game, tower placement is the key. Each tower you incorporate has to be chosen carefully as one might offer special benefits but another a great weakness. Some towers can be built quickly and can withstand attacks while others are more susceptible to crumble at the hand of the enemy. You’ll be equiped with various weapons for defense such as lasers, missiles and crazy shock waves.
“Fast-paced, addictive and beautifully designed, this top-rated game offers outstanding fun for strategy game fans.”
The game is being touted as “difficult to review” because those who review it often get caught in the cross-hairs of an addiction. We’ll let you be the judge of that. Ready for the download? Make sure you have the Amazon App Store side loaded to your device and then log in for today’s application. To download the App Store simply point your browser here and add your email or phone number to field in the upper right hand corner. You’ll quickly receive a download link and be on your way. Don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below. Hit the break for a few extra screen shots of the game in action. » Read the rest
Fans of tower defense games are going to want to grab ZDefense which is featured as today’s Free Amazon App. If you have never played tower defense games, but you enjoy old school type games than you will also find this one interesting because it has the look of Breakout, Tempest, and even Asteroids. The sounds are totally old school as well.
ZDefense is similar to other tower defense games in that you have a certain amount of money to buy varying towers, and as you progress you will earn more money for more towers. The enemies (or creeps) will try to move from the starting point to the exit point, and your job is to make sure none of them make it to the exit.
Some really nice features is the ability to create maps and take screenshots for sharing your high scores. It also supports Open Feint. It is regularly $1.99, but FREE for today only. Checkout the video for a quick look:
Today’s Free Amazon app comes to us from ArtOfBytes, a relatively new developer to the market. In Grave Defense HD, one must fight the hordes of zombies, slimes, and demons using strategic placements of lasers, turrets, and missiles.
Yeah, it’s another tower defense game.
In its defense, I’ve been playing this game since it was in beta, and it’s a blast. Forget the fact that there are a million and one tower defense games on the market (many of them already free), Grave Defense HD is an example of what tower defense should be. Challenging and unforgiving, I’ve spent hours playing just a few levels, yet never felt “ripped off” when I would lose.
It’s also worth noting that the visuals are amazing, for a 2D app. Stylized animations, bright colors, and pretty explosions make for an engaging experience that always leaves you wanting to try “one more time”.
This reviewer deems Grave Defense HD a keeper, and easily one of the better tower defense games to hit the market.