Humble Bundle for Android 4 Now Includes Humble Bundle for Android 2 Games as Bonus

Humble Bundle for Android 4 Now Includes Humble Bundle for Android 2 Games as Bonus

Nov 16, 2012

Usually, the Humble Bundles include a little surprise halfway through, and Humble Bundle for Android 4 is no exception. Though I suppose if it’s predictable, it’s not a real surprise, is it? Well, what the surprise winds up being is unknown. Well the surprise this time is something Xzibit could be proud of. Humble heard you like Humble Bundles, so they put a Humble Bundle in your Humble Bundle 4 so you can bundle while being humble. Or something like that. The point is that Humble Bundle for Android 2 is now included in the Humble Bundle for Android 4.

For those that pay above the average (as of publication, it was around $6.40), you can get the game that launched a million mobile endless runners, Canabalt HD (with 3D graphics!), Zen Bound 2,the best family-friendly game about tying things up available on the market, side-scrolling real-time strategy game Swords and Soldiers, gear-shifting puzzle game Cogs, and retro PC RPG revival Avadon: The Black Fortress (for tablets only). Those who didn’t pay above the average can up their payment in order to unlock these games and Machinarium. The games still come with DRM-free downloads for computers, APKs for Android, and Steam codes. These bundles are great for charity as well as developers – Waking Mars creator Tiger Style games reports “having made some decent scratch” thanks to their inclusion in this bundle. The Humble Bundle 4 ends next Thursday on the 22nd.

Because We May Sale Celebrates Developers’ Pricing Independence

Because We May Sale Celebrates Developers’ Pricing Independence

May 24, 2012

Indie developers from all over the world are putting their games on sale in celebration of a cause that some may take for granted: the freedom of developers to price their games as they wish without any outside interference. It’s the “Because We May” sale, running from May 24th to June 1st, and dozens of Android games are going on sale as part of this campaign.

Some notable titles include many of the games in previous Humble Indie Bundles, including Canabalt HD, World of Goo, and Anomaly: Warzone Earth HD, which are available for half-off or more. Shadowgun is available for $1.99 during the sale. Even Android-exclusive Android shmup All My Enemies is available for $0.99.

Worthy of note is that no one decided to do an anti-discount on Android like Michael Brough, who actually decided to raise the prices on his games for the sale as an interesting statement that he explains on his blog. Well, it’s his prerogative to do so!

All the links to download games are available from the Because We May Android page.

Canabalt HD Review

Canabalt HD Review

Mar 21, 2012

It’s been a long time coming, but one of the prominent examples of the endless runner genre, Canabalt, is now on Android as Canabalt HD. Ported to Android by Kittehface Software from the original source code by Semi Secret, this is the same core gameplay. Run along rooftops, billboards, and through billboards, trying not to miss a jump, and trying to anticipate the sudden alien objects that come down from the sky. The Android version boasts one new feature: re-designed three-dimensional graphics. They’re totally optional, as it’s easy to switch back to the traditional graphics.

The game is still as sublime to play as it ever was. The visual style is still unique in its limited color pallette, and the soudntrack from Danny Baranowsky is still headphones-worthy. All the little clever strategies for longer runs, like discovering the boxes that slow the player down are actually a good thing at time for keeping the pace manageable, are all in place. The gameplay is absolutely attuned in a way that makes it great.

There is one very strange thing with Canabalt HD compared to the iOS version. Like clockwork, a window section appears within the first 500 meters. Practically, if not literally, every time. It is definitely more often than in the iOS version. I know because I kept testing to try and figure out why my iOS scores were so much higher. Are there other potential environment generation tweaks? It would be hard to figure out, and the window sections may or may not be an intentional tweak, but there is definitely something different at launch.

As well, the high score account system in use appears to be the same as in the iOS version, as my typical username was taken. However, there’s no way to recover accounts at the moment. The leaderboards are cross-platform though: I can see my high score that I made on the iPad version while testing out the different versions, but I can’t log in to that account. It may just be an error at the moment, but it is somewhat annoying.

Still, these are minor complaints in an otherwise-fantastic product. Fans of endless runners need to play this one if they haven’t arleady. It’s part of the Humble Bundle for Android 2 as well, for a limited time.

The Humble Bundle for Android Returns with Five New Games Debuting on Android

The Humble Bundle for Android Returns with Five New Games Debuting on Android

Mar 20, 2012

The first Humble Bundle for Android was a smashing success, selling hundreds of thousands of copies to benefit charity and the independent developers behind the titles. The bundle is now back for a second round, and it’s more exciting than ever for Android owners. See, all the games released in the first bundle were previously available for Android. This bundle? All new to Android.

Canabalt HD: Adam Atomic’s endless runner, one of the finest examples of the genre, makes its debut on Android. Originally released back in 2009, this stylish game featuring music by Danny Baranowsky has players jumping from rooftop to rooftop, trying to run as far as possible before meeting their demise. The Android version features special 3D effects exclusive to this game. The desktop version features a hotseat 2-player mode as well.

Zen Bound 2: Use rope to tie up wooden sculptures, with the goal being to cover a set percentage of the figure to complete it. The game was known on iOS for making use of three-dimensional space, requiring an order of thinking not seen in many other games.

Cogs: This puzzle game takes sliding puzzles, and adds gears to them. The goal is to make each board’s gears all turn each other, by sliding the pieces around to get the setup just perfect. Other levels involve elements like pipes, and even three-dimensional cube levels.

Avadon: The Black Fortress: Explore a world inspired by the RPGs of old in this game by Spiderweb Software, only available for tablets. This should appeal to fans of turn-based games, and computer RPGs of the 90’s with its theme and isometric, grid-based gameplay.

Swords and Soldiers: In this strategy game taking place on a layered two-dimensional plane, players summon soldiers and resource collectors to try and overwhelm their opponent on the other side. This game is only available by paying above the average price of the bundle.

That’s a rundown of the five titles, all making their debut on Android. The bundle title is somewhat inaccurate, as it does feature the PC/Mac/Linux versions of the games, and in Canabalt‘s case, features a new version of the game not seen outside of the Winnitron arcade cabinets. The bundle is available now, and is on sale until April 2nd.