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...like it's 1980-something.

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Leveled, platformed adventure.

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Headup Games Announces Upcoming Title ‘Retro Winter Sports 1986’

Headup Games Announces Upcoming Title ‘Retro Winter Sports 1986’

Dec 6, 2016

Headup Games, the studio behind such hit Android titles such as Dub Dash, Bridge Constructor and Zombie Blitz, has a new one in the works — and it is set to be released soon.

This upcoming title is called Retro Winter Sports 1986; it is a reto-themed athletic thriller.

Do you remember the good old home computer sports games? Relive your youth in this beautiful pixelated remake of those fantastic evergreens!

Participate in the 1986 winter sports tournament and compete against other world-class athletes for international recognition. Six different, action-packed disciplines await you in a beautiful retro-style winter setting. Choose the country you want to represent from 12 different nations.

Practice to master your skills in training mode and demonstrate your abilities against the computer in the tournament mode or compete against your friends in hot seat mode for up to eight players. Will you be the one who takes the gold in the end?

Let’s compete like it’s 1980-something!

We hope to take this one for a spin soon; due date is December 8th.

By the way, this is a trailer you’ll want to watch:

Google Photos Adds New Filters and More

Google Photos Adds New Filters and More

Dec 5, 2016

Google Photos is getting a bit more interactive with its latest update.

The new build brings new one-tap filters, advanced editing controls and more movies made for the user.

More specifically, the changelog (per Google Play) is as follows:

• An all-new set of smart, dynamic filters to enhance photos in one tap.
• Advanced editing controls to tweak lighting, color, and more, including an innovative Deep Blue slider that adds color to sky and water.
• More movies, made for you: your child’s first months, holiday traditions over time, highlights from the year, and more – all easily editable.

Google Photos remains free on Google Play.

Gmail Gets an Update

Gmail Gets an Update

Dec 5, 2016

Gmail is coming a long with with regards to being the email app on Android, and its latest update should definitely be of note.

Per Google Play, it is now possible to edit text in line or copy-paste from the web while still keeping the original text formatting.

Gmail remains free on Google Play.

Oprah Tosses Hat into the Play Store Ring with ‘Bold Moves’

Oprah Tosses Hat into the Play Store Ring with ‘Bold Moves’

Dec 5, 2016

Oprah Winfrey is a household name, and her OWN entity has just about as much reach. Now, Oprah is getting in on mobile games with a new title called Bold Moves.

Bold Moves is a word game in match-3 clothing; players look to create matches, clear obstacles, collect letters and — interestingly enough — solve phrases.

It also packs in power ups and such.

What better intro than from Oprah herself?

“Soooo many people have told me how much they love a good game,” she says. “And, if you didn’t already know, I LOVE a great quote! So we mixed the two together! OWN presents Bold Moves, a brand new game that challenges you to solve captivating puzzles and unlock hundreds of quotes that you can share with your friends. It’s already one of my Favorite Things… I hope it becomes one of yours, too!”

Tough to pass up, yes?

The game is rated for everyone, and is live now for free (with in-app purchases) on Google Play. Check out the trailer below:

Glitch Fixers: Powerpuff Girls Launches on Android

Glitch Fixers: Powerpuff Girls Launches on Android

Dec 5, 2016

So once again, the day is saved! Thanks to the Powerpuff Girls!

You don’t have to have kids — or even daughters — to enjoy Powerpuff Girls, and we get to see another iteration of the hero crew on Android in Cartoon Network’s newest game, Glitch Fixers: Powerpuff Girls.

The game is based on the popular episode “Viral Spiral” (from 2016 Powerpuff Girls series); it is a turn-based game, allowing the player to go in as Blossom or Buttercup. It is a coders dream, allowing our champions to defeat the enemy and escape the internet.

The game boasts four worlds with multiple levels, special weapons and both classic and new enemies.

The game reflects Cartoon Network’s continued mission to highlight coding to a younger generation.

The game is live now on Google Play and the Amazon Appstore, and it is completely free (with no micro-transactions).

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Dulp Gets a Major Update

Dulp Gets a Major Update

Dec 4, 2016

Nexx Studio’s Dulp just received a major update.

This one qualifies as a major one, we think. It brings:

• Added Endless game mode
• Added NEW UI design
• Added NEW gameplay color scheme
• Added Color blind mode (Beta)
• Added 120 new levels (350 levels available)
• General optimization
• Minor bug fixes

350 levels? Nice!

The game remains free (with in-app purchases) on Google Play.

Ticket to Ride is Free on Amazon Appstore

Ticket to Ride is Free on Amazon Appstore

Dec 2, 2016

Tis the season of giving, and the Amazon Appstore has Ticket to Ride (from Days of Wonder) for free.

That’s a game regularly priced at $6.99 available for free.

This is a port of the popular railway-based board game Designed by Alan R Moon, and features cross-platform multi-player functionality

Check out the formal feature set:

Main features

• Alan R. Moon’s official Ticket to Ride maps with original artwork in full high resolution
• Cross-platform online Play against other Android, iPhone, iPad, Linux, Mac and PC gamers
• An unparalleled online player community with tens of thousands of live opponents
• Solo play against up to 4 AI players
• Pass-and-Play with up to 4 live opponents
• Additional maps of Europe, Switzerland, USA 1910, Legendary Asia, India and Nordic Countries available as in-app purchases
• Detailed, interactive turn-by-turn, in-game tutorial
• Contextual in-game Conductor’s Notes to help you master all the maps
• True cross-platform: players can challenge on other platforms including Steam PC and Mac, Android, iPhone and iPad
• Online and offline Hall of Fame

Our sister site Pocket Gamer gave the game high praise when it tool a formal look a while back.

Go ahead and get this while it’s available…

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A Blast From the Past: The HTC Hero

A Blast From the Past: The HTC Hero

Dec 1, 2016

It was a long time ago.

2008? 09, maybe?

Aeons in tech years, but less than 10 in “real” years. We were on a road trip. I was on my trusty BlackBerry Curve 8320, my two-handed, physical keyboarded work machine that had managed to pry me away From Palm OS — no small feat I might add.

In any case, my wife had decided to check out this new-ish device sporting a new-ish OS: Android OS. Moving to Sprint, she was willing to give a touchscreen device a chance.

Not I.

I scoffed at such madness. Everyone knew that touchscreen devices could not be used for serious work. I was not going to compromise my productivity to test drive what was CLEARLY a fad. Thumb typing for life! Plus, why on earth would I use a mobile OS backed by a search company? Come on now… Did you see that prototype of the first Android device. Have mercy. Eew.

My wife had just gotten her new device the prior day. The screen was nice, the phone was surprisingly easy to figure out and the camera, compared to those on my device and her prior device — the reliable BlackBerry Pearl — was fantastic.

That road trip though…

What really blew my mind was the Hero’s mapping utility. I had already been well-versed in mobile navigation; I used an external GPS puck to power TeleNav on my BlackBerry (which didn’t have an onboard GPS chip). A bit clunky, yes, but it got the job done.

But then my wife stomped on my ego with Google Navigation. Even then, it was pretty darn good. Running side by side with my BBOS device, it wasn’t even close. Android provided a more fluid navigation experience.

When we got back, I actually took some time to learn about Android. The burgeoning app market. The search functionality. The limitations… and there were a few. But then, I came upon the concept of rooting devices, and I was well hooked.

Soon thereafter, I was on Sprint with a shiny new HTC EVO.

That Hero, represented a lot of firsts, even though it wasn’t really my device. First Android device really used. First mobile device I watched the World Cup on. First device I rooted.

This past weekend, while cleaning out some old gadget boxes, I found the beloved device. After juicing, it powered right up in its AOSP glory, ready to work. Now, it’s definitely showing its age, with the less than optimal battery life and dreadful boot-up time. Back then, Sprint TV was the best multi-media app available; now, besides today’s multi-media smartdevices, it looks puny. Having gone un-updated so long, it uses funny terms?

“What is the the ‘Android Market’ again?” asked my son.

In today’s world, it is clearly overwhelmed with regards to being a daily driver.

Nostalgia is a great sentiment though. It reminds us of where we’ve been, and how far we have come. The Hero definitely does that. It’s sexy with its retro hat on.

And all hats off to the ultimate mobile gateway drug.

Robo Guy Review

Robo Guy Review

Nov 30, 2016

Robo Guy is a simple game with a simple objective: make it from point A to Point B.

The game utilizes a utilitarian aesthetic; simple backgrounds, with straight to the point objects and characterizations. The game has a somewhat muted feel from the get-go.

The gameplay proceeds simply; using the virtual controls (for jumping and moving left or right), one learns how to traverse the original playing area. There walls of differing lengths, simulated caverns and the like, and the jump button is useful to get atop/over these.

In several instances, a regular jump might not be enough, and this is where the wall jumping comes in handy. By using the jump and direction buttons together, it is possible to get our hero to move upwards by launching from one wall to another adjacent one. This method of springing upwards allows our dude to get to heights otherwise impossible to reach.

In addition to the structures, other obstacles exist: spikes, for instance, should be avoided (as should the other live, mobile creatures), as they are usually lethal. These can be dispatched by jumping on them a set number of times, Mario-style.

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The game extends on and on, with several different levels that have different configurations. It spits a lot of more intricate levels, and formal strategy is a bit more important, as an errant move can reduce the life expectancy. Newer enemies also show up after a spell.

One aspect of the game that works is that it does not confine itself to movement in one direction. A successful sequence might entail going up and down, and then back up again to reach the exit. One might start off going leftwards and rightwards, doubling back a time or two, especially if one wants to pick up all the goodies that are available to be collected.

The game shows up as completely free, which makes it a low-risk try. Potential for fun? Extra.

Digidiced to Add Board Game ‘Patchwork’ to Amazon Underground Next Month

Digidiced to Add Board Game ‘Patchwork’ to Amazon Underground Next Month

Nov 30, 2016

Digidiced has made a fine business of porting board games to mobile, and we hear that one of the titles in its stable, Patchwork The Game is due out on Amazon Underground in December.

Amazon Underground is Amazon’s app environment that allows users to opt-in to enjoy games that are truly free: no micro-transactions at all. Amazon foots the the cost, and this is why games that have premium pricing and/or micro-transactions are free on Underground.

On Google Play, this game costs $2.99 (with extra optional in-app purchases); as noted above, it will be free on Amazon Underground.

Patchwork is an interesting quilting game based off of the Uwe Rosenberg’s board game; it sits two, and incorporates resource management elements.

Due date? December 6th.

Netflix Adds Downloading Functionality

Netflix Adds Downloading Functionality

Nov 30, 2016

Netflix is a kingmaker mobile application: its presence on a mobile OS is arguably a big key to the success of said platform.

Remember the days way back when, when Android didn’t have a a native Netflix app? After iOS got it? Those were dark days…

The app continues to be refined, and currently, there is an update that brings a very desirable feature: the ability to download content for offline viewing. This means that folks can download included shows and movies while, say, with wi-fi coverage, and then watch the downloaded material even if one does not have internet access.

It should be noted that not all content is downloadable; content that is downloadable will show a relevant icon. In the application settings menu, one will also find a spot for downloaded content.

One point: there doesn’t seem to be a way to select where the movies are downloaded to just yet. Folks that have Android devices without expandable memory should not care too much about this.

In any case, the app remains free (with a Netflix subscription).

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[via Google Play]

Humble HandyGames Mobile Bundle is Live

Humble HandyGames Mobile Bundle is Live

Nov 30, 2016

Here at Android Rundown, we are huge fans of the Humble Bundle initiative. What’s there not to love? It’s an alternative app distribution model that allows for folks to pick a price and get a bunch of games. Better yet, proceeds from those sales go to charity.

Everybody wins, and everybody feels good winning.

Now, there is a new bundle out, and with this one, we get some fantastic games from reputable Android developer HandyGames.

Here’s how it goes, using the recently revamped tiered pricing system:

Pay what you want, and get premium versions of:

1941 Frozen Front
Aces of the Luftwaffe
Aporkalypse
Clouds & Sheep
Guns’n’Glory WW2

Want more? Well, $3+ gets a bunch more. Everything up above, plus::

Rocket Island
Ninja Hero Cats
Guns’n’Glory Zombies
Stage Dive Legends
Devils & Demons
Super Dynamite Fishing
Save The Puppies
1944 Burning Bridges
Cyberlords

Finally, the big bucket… $5 or more gets everything above (14 games. 14!) PLUS:

1942 Pacific Front
Clouds & Sheep 2
Townsmen
Guns’n’Glory Heroes
Dynamite Fishing World Games

Not a bad haul.

As noted, these also support charities; this one helps out Electronic Frontier Foundation and Child’s Play.

Act fast; this one ends on December 5th.

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[via Humble Mumble]

The Archers 2 Review

The Archers 2 Review

Nov 30, 2016

Ah… The Archers 2. Here we go…

The game relies on the current fav of mobile gaming — stickmen — for characterization. The artwork is simple, with dark bodies superimposed on a pastel backdrops, creating a setup that makes the subsequent animations really pop. Indeed, the visuals seem to focus on keeping players interested in the action, and in this regard, the game mostly succeeds.

As far as actual action goes, again, simplicity is the core concept; this I’ve boils down to an archery based war of attrition. The game comes in two modes, player vs AI and multiplayer, but we cut our teeth on the former.

In single player mode, you get to control an archer nestled to one side of the screen; there is an opposing archer on the other side. Using gesture controls to control the potential strength and path of the arrow (just like the mechanism made familiar by Angry Birds), you then lift your finger to release the shot.

It takes two body shots (or one accurate headshot) to take out the opponent. And no, the opponent isn’t some pacifist that ducks and hides; he/she is shooting back, trying to end your run. You got to get him first.

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If you’re able to get past the archer, another one appears with the same goal in mind, but subsequent archers don’t says start from the same height or distance, so the player has to adjust on the fly to the new angle and distance. Of course, through it all, it becomes challenging to gain levels. Hint: look out for those apples… they are valuable.

Multiplayer plays out in similar fashion.

It is a fun romp; it qualifies as a difficult game, but it works because it is not infuriatingly hard. The simple mechanism is easy to glean, and the high score system helps make an excuse for continued play. It packs in ads, but those can be removed via in-app purchase.

Obumo Games Releases Mini Golf Buddies on Google Play

Obumo Games Releases Mini Golf Buddies on Google Play

Nov 30, 2016

Mini Golf Buddies is an interesting new miniature golf simulation game from Obumo Games, and it’s out now on the Play Store.

At first glance, it does look inviting. Per Google Play:

Features:
– Unique game modes
– Dozens of holes
– Fun physics-based gameplay
– Colorful isometric graphics
– Customizable characters

We just might have to take this one for a spin. In the mean time, know that this game is free with in-app purchases.

Check out the trailer:

Cyber Monday Giveaway! G5’s Supermarket Management 2 Goes Free for Limited Time

Cyber Monday Giveaway! G5’s Supermarket Management 2 Goes Free for Limited Time

Nov 30, 2016

Prolific Android developer G5 is synonymous with several things: hidden mysteries, puzzles, and, well, giveaways. Of course Cyber Monday just gave ’em another reason to do us all good.

This one? Supermarket Management 2. Yep, free on Google Play and the Amazon Appstore.

This game is all about running a busy market. It boils down to a time management challenge, and the goal is to grow a smallshop into a major chain by keeping customers happy and managing resources.

It packs in more than four dozen levels, 22 achievements, nine characters, mini-games and multiple locations.

Sounds fun, so don’t procastinate, as this offer runs now through December 4th.

Got devices on other platforms? The app is also free through the same time period on Windows Store and for iOS.

And the trailer:

My Talking Teddy Launches on Android Worldwide

My Talking Teddy Launches on Android Worldwide

Nov 30, 2016

Indie game developer Gigi and Buba have launched My Talking Teddy Simulator on Google Play.

This game belongs to the ever-popular animal/pet simulator genre; Teddy, the main, takes a break from the big city living and heads to vacation spot on the Australian Alps.

The player gets an opportunity to interact with Teddy, ensuring his well-being and good temperament by doing things like playing with him, putting him to sleep when needed, and of course, petting him. There are rewards, customization opportunities and mini-games to get through.

Yodeling? Yes. Dancing? Possible. Boxing? You bet.

Show of your Teddy supremacy via sharing and leaderboards, and after a while, you might “get away from” it all as well.

My Talking Teddy Simulator is free (with micro-transactions); check out the trailer below: