The Humble Mobile Bundle 5 has gotten its standard halfway-through content addition for those who pay above the average, currently $5.26. The added games are Paper Monsters from Crescent Moon Games, the original R-TYPE (to go along with the sequel in the bundle) from DotEmu, and Enviro-Bear 2010 from Realistic Summer Sports Simulator and No Brakes Valet creator Captain Games. The bundle ends on April 29th.
XCOM: Enemy Unknown, the modern reimagining of the classic turn-based strategy series, has been announced for Android by publisher 2K, as reported by sister publication Pocket Gamer and the official XCOM Twitter feed. Players will command a squadron of human troops against invading aliens, upgrading soldiers and their bases in order to help against the enemies. But be warned: the game features permadeath, so be smart with those soldiers. While tweets were sent out saying it would release on the 24th, these may have been in error, but keep an eye out for the game.
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Sony has announced that Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet Wi-Fi is now available for pre-order, coming on May 4th at Sony Stores. The 10.1″ Android tablet, which Sony boasts uses BRAVIA TV technology on a Full HD screen, will cost $499 for the 16 GB version and $599 for the 32 GB version. Check out a complete list of specs and an image gallery below:
· Waterproof, rated IP55/58
· 10.1-inch Full HD TRILUMINOS™ Display with Live Color LED with X-Reality™ for mobile
· S-Force Front Surround™ audio, Clear Audio+ and digital noise cancelling support
· 8 MP camera with Exmor RS™ image sensor and Superior Auto mode
· Preloaded Xperia camera apps including: Info-eye™, Timeshift burst, AR effect, Social live and Background defocus
Ever wonder why some games seem to come to Android later than others? Well, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal, Apple is offering some companies promotion in exchange for giving games exclusive launches on iOS, with games like Cut the Rope 2 and Plants vs. Zombies 2 all mentioned as part of such arrangements. This is only true in some cases: Android is often the second platform that is targeted by developers, especially smaller ones, due to the challenges in working with many devices. Google and Amazon have also arranged for exclusives in exchange for promotion as well. So, the next time a game does or doesn’t come to Android when it’s on another platform, the reason might just be because money has changed hands.
The problem with the Flappy Bird craze, at least for developers, is that so many of them decided to capitalize on the craze of the game and its eventual removal by making more games about flapping. What few realized is that they should be making games that capitalize on its key values: short, challenging games with high replay value that can be played with one hand. That’s what Phil Hassey, creator of Galcon and dynamite Jack, has done with Breakfinity.
This is a brick-breaking game not dissimilar to Breakout and Arkanoid, with a twist: the game is endless. Patterns of blocks will constantly descend from the sky, and players must constantly bounce a ball off of the paddle at the bottom to break the blocks, with a new formation arriving once the block hits the top. Along the way, players can pick up powerups to do things like extend their paddle, fire lasers, and send the formation back to the top. As well, 3-hit blocks can be broken that give players a gem, which can be used to continue one’s game.
Breakfinity succeeds because it’s fast and challenging. This is a well-worn concept, but presented in a way that’s meant to test the player. The game picks up in speed quickly, and survival requires quick thinking and reflexes. Thankfully, the controls, which work great with one thumb and have sensitivity settings, make this a perfect game to play one-handed, great for when on public transit. Sessions are usually short enough that it’s easy to come back to again and again whenever there’s a free moment. With these short sessions and the well-known style of play, this has that sensation of “I know I can do better if I play again” that makes for an incredibly-replayable game.
The Android version is lacking a few features from its iOS counterpart. Google Play Games features are not integrated, so there’s no high score leaderboards for comparing scores with friends in an easy way. There’s also no in-app purchases for buying more gems instantly. There are still the ads for getting a free ball right away. Interestingly, this system is best used by spending gems to buy earlier continues, then using the free ball last. While the gem system does make the high scores impure in a sense, that it’s possible to just stockpile gems for them, the costs to continue get so untenable that it’s still a fair skill barometer.
Breakfinity is a must-have free download. The fast Breakout action feels great, and makes high scores rewarding, and the game is perfectly designed to be picked up and played whenever, wherever.
Google has taken steps to separate out stock apps from the Android installation itself so that they can be updated without needing carriers to provide Android version updates. The latest app to get this treatment is the Camera app, available now on Google Play as Google Camera, but only for KitKat devices. Newfeatures have been added, including a lens blur effect, post-shoot focus, and 360-degree photo spheres. Google Camera is available now on Google Play.
When Opening Day came and MLB At Bat lacked Chromecast support, it seemed like a glaring omission for the service that streams live baseball games: mostly because they support practically every other device that plays video on TVs. Well, the good news is that like Yasiel Puig, it’s shown up late: now live and archived games can be streamed from the Android MLB At Bat app to a Chromecast device. Currently, Chromecast support is Android-only. The update is available now.
Headup Games has revealed the release date for their upcoming Bridge Constructor Medieval: May 1st. This latest entry in the hit Bridge Constructor series, developed by ClockStone Studio, will feature bridge-building in the medieval era, complete with new siege levels where bridges will come under attack from enemy catapults, as well as levels where bridges that collapse under the weight of enemy troops must be built. Check out the screenshots below.
Mojo Bones and Toy Studio, creators of The Curse, have launched their latest puzzle game: The Voyage. Featuring a similar structure to The Curse, players must solve a wide variety of puzzles across 100 levels and 6 difficulty levels, all with Captain Bucklebeard trying to stop them. The game is available now for a launch price of $0.99.
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.
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.