Humble Mobile Bundle 5 Now Available, Includes The Room Two, The Cave, and More

Humble Mobile Bundle 5 Now Available, Includes The Room Two, The Cave, and More

Apr 17, 2014

The latest Humble Mobile Bundle is now available. After the previous Humble Bundle had both PC and Android games, this latest bundle contains a variety of Android exclusives. Purchasers at any price can get open-world RPG Aralon: Sword and Shadow, retro shmup R-Type II, and the puzzle game Bag It! Those who pay over the average get Double Fine’s The Cave, hit puzzle game The Room Two, board game Carcassone, and more games when the bundle updates on Tuesday. The bundle runs through April 29th.

Tilt to Live 2: Redonkulous’ Brimstone Pinball Mode Now Available

Tilt to Live 2: Redonkulous’ Brimstone Pinball Mode Now Available

Apr 17, 2014

The day has come at last: Tilt to Live 2 finally gets the Brimstone Pinball mode. Demoed at GDC, this mode takes the brimstone ball powerup from the main game modes and makes it the main way that players will defeat their enemies in this arena survival game. Keep the ball moving to hit enemies harder, bouncing off of the active wall to unleash destructive lasers. The new mode is available as a $0.99 in-app purchase.

Noodlecake Games Brings Pivvot Creator Whitaker Trebella’s Polymer to Android at Last

Noodlecake Games Brings Pivvot Creator Whitaker Trebella’s Polymer to Android at Last

Apr 17, 2014

Pivvot from Whitaker Trebella’s Fixpoint Productions was his Android debut, but the first game he released was Polymer, a sliding puzzle game released in 2012. Now, thanks to porting maestros Noodlecake Games, Android players can take on this puzzler where the goal is to build polymer shapes from assorted connecting pieces for high scores across a variety of game modes. The game is available now on Google Play.

Need Some Interesting Retro-Styled Ouya Games? Check Out This List from Rob Fearon, AKA @retroremakes

Looking for some good retro-styled games for Ouya? Well, why not take the word of the man who goes by the Twitter handle @retroremakes, Rob Fearon? The creator of Death Ray Manta and War Daddy is also a regular curator of interesting titles, and he has come up with an interesting list of retro-style Ouya titles that include some straight-up remakes and a variety of iterations on classic concepts. Check out the list on his site.

Temple Run 2 Gets Festive Update for Easter, and Will Soon Support Cloud Saves

Temple Run 2‘s celebrating Easter with a fresh new update for every platform it’s on, including Android. Have the characters wear festive bunny ears. Collect eggs instead of coins. Spin the “Save Me Wheel” to receive prizes at the end of a run. As well, the Android version will soon be getting cloud saving, so that the temples can be ran on phones, tablets, microconsoles, wherever! Expect that functionality to launch next week, but the Easter-themed update is available now.

Disco Zoo from the Creators of Tiny Tower and Trainyard Now on Android

NimbleBit has published Disco Zoo on Android after its iOS launch. This free-to-play zoo simulation game is developed by Milkbag Games, comprised of the creator of Trainyard, Matt Rix, and Owen Goss, known for projects such as Baby’s Musical Hands. Players will rescue animals from the wilds by playing a memory game that costs coins for each excursion, with the rescued animals raising money for the zoo to go and rescue more animals, until players have themselves the biggest, funkiest zoo on Earth. The game is available now from Google Play.

Quadropus Rampage Creators Release the Free Game Flop Rocket on Android – and They’re Making Their Next Free Game Live Right Now

Quadropus Rampage Creators Release the Free Game Flop Rocket on Android – and They’re Making Their Next Free Game Live Right Now

Apr 14, 2014

Butterscotch Shenanigans, creators of Quadropus Rampage, are still hard at work on the survival game Crashlands, but they’re also working on some side projects. Namely, one each week, made in 10 hours, with what they’re calling Speedcraft, then releasing the game to Google Play. Their latest release is Flop Rocket, a side-scrolling game where players try to control a rocket through a corridor, controlling its angle and thrust. It’s not easy. The game is available for free from Google Play, and those who want to watch their creative process in action can catch their Twitch channel each Monday as they create a new game before a live audience.

GrooVeIP Developers Announce Plan to Update App Without Using Google Voice but Still Offer Free Calling

GrooVeIP Developers Announce Plan to Update App Without Using Google Voice but Still Offer Free Calling

Apr 14, 2014

GrooveIP, the VoIP app for Android that uses the soon-defunct Google Voice API to make calls, has been faced with an uncertain future due to the shutdown of that API. However, Snrb Labs have announced on Facebook their plans to update the app with services to include porting numbers, and free incoming and outgoing calls before their May 15th deadline. We’ll have more on the app as it nears its new future.

Guacamelee Creators DrinkBox Studios Announce Stylish Mobile Title, Severed

Guacamelee Creators DrinkBox Studios Announce Stylish Mobile Title, Severed

Apr 14, 2014

The creators of Guacamelee! have announced their next game, and it’s coming to mobile: Severed. This first-person game will use touch controls for its exploration and combat, akin to games like Infinty Blade and its many offshoots. The visuals use the flat 2D style that DrinkBox is known for. Other games mentioned as inspirations include Mega Man and Punch-Out.

The game is targeting “mobile”, though other touchscreen platforms may see the title as well when it releases in 2015. Check out the trailer below – and make sure the sound is on. Oh, and here’s a Spotify link to the song from the trailer by Yamantaka // Sonic Titan.

Groundskeeper2 Review

Groundskeeper2 Review

Apr 9, 2014

Orangepixel continues to impress me with each subsequent release. Ever since Chrono and Cash and especially with Gunslugs and Heroes of Loot, the releases seem like they just keep getting better, or at least are of a very high quality. Groundskeeper2 is the latest example of this quality, as it’s a very fun 2D action game from the solo developer.

This is a fully-formed followup to Groundskeeper, an action-platformer made in 48 hours for a Ludum Dare game jam. Players try to stay alive while fending off enemy waves that come in from both sides, collecting bits and bobs in order to unlock the portal. Yes, bits and bobs. That’s actually what the items are called. After so many bits and bobs are collected, then the portal in the center of the arena becomes active. Powerups like weapon pickups and shields also eventually become available so that players can turn the tide against the unending enemies.

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The game starts to get to be clever with its portals and when players need to go into them. See, later levels start to get more difficult, so it’s worth sticking around in a level as long as possible because its difficulty stays static — a future level may bring players closer to their end. But entering a portal refills one’s health, so there’s benefits to entering them, just not every single one. But as well, given the various hazards unique to each level, there are reasons why one may not want to stick around for too long on a level. Giant stone death swords are something I would rather get away from as soon as possible.

The overall progression of the game is constructed quite well. As players learn what works and start to score more, new elements and stages are introduced. It’s paced to show new things based on how well players are doing in a smart way that doesn’t overwhelm them, but offers up new things as they are ready for them. Strategy is based a lot around survival, but little tactics become apparent like learning how to force enemy waves into corners while also managing to prevent being trapped in those corners.

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This might be the best-looking Orangepixel game yet. The pixel art is still in that simple style that the developer is known for, but the game looks more colorful and more detailed in that style. Gavin Harrison does a good job with the music as always. The voice acting isperhaps not professionally-done, but it’s kind of charming in its own way. And like pretty much every other Orangepixel game, there’s gamepad support.

Really, this is just another well-done 2D action game from Orangepixel, and well worth checking out.

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While past experience is definitely a plus, being able to write well is more important to us. If you can write, but just haven’t done so publicly, this may be your opportunity. We want reviewers, news reporters, and article writers, including the possibility for regular weekly features.

This is a paid job, so we need high-quality and consistent effort. You will be required to self-edit and have posts ready for publication when you submit them. We expect several submissions per week, so an independent drive to get work done and submitted regularly is necessary. This job can be a great way to further your writing career, or as a catalyst to get it started. I personally have been able to support myself as a full-time writer thanks in part to my work here at Android Rundown, and others with us have gone on to do the same.

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2K Games Updates Sensei Wars with Dynasty War Mode and More Content

2K Games Updates Sensei Wars with Dynasty War Mode and More Content

Apr 7, 2014

2K Games has announced that their mobile strategy game Sensei Wars has received an update adding new content and features. The big feature is the new Dynasty War mode, where players can join and fight rival dynasties to get exclusive rewards, along with bonus content. New buildings and defenses are available, along with new defenses, upgrades, and a global chat feature. The update is available now on Google Play.