February’s Most Interesting One Game a Month Android Games

February’s Most Interesting One Game a Month Android Games

Mar 6, 2013

The One Game a Month program continues on, with plenty of new submissions for Android platforms.

As we covered in last month’s post, One Game a Month is not about getting a bunch of full new releases every month, but to challenge developers to explore their ideas, and to see how their ideas work out, that could lead to future inspiration down the line. Or even it could lead to some interesting games in the right here and now. Here’s some of the most interesting games from February’s #1GAM submissions:

Rubbertron: Ryan Evans’ January 1GAM title was Cod of Duty, a parody of the Call of Duty series. His February title is a little more challenging. Shoot that most nefarious of enemies, geometric shapes, in this free dual-stick shooter. It was created in Unity, and uploaded to Google Play hours after its completion. Hooray for technology! Ryan Evans’ daughter was so excited for the game’s submission that she peed on him. Now that’s excitement.

Rock Run: From Craftwork Games, this is a puzzler that has players trying to collect all the gems on a grid-based map and exit safely. Seems simple, right? Well, the problem is that there are rocks there too. Lots and lots of rocks. Rocks that are often being held up by dirt that gets cleared away when the player moves. So, the goal is to be smart and to collect the gems and maneuver in such a way that gems aren’t blocked off by falling rocks. It’s surprisingly clever.

Juno Hunter: In this game from Beercave that is inspired by Spy Hunter, the goal is to race through Jupiter, with the ultimate goal being to get high scores, because who doesn’t love high scores.

Spacetime: From Slouch Couch Studios, this is a pretty simple puzzle game, similar to Collapse where tapping on multiple of the same color/shape box will make it disappear. The goal is to not let the screen fill up. This game is not available as a standalone app, but actually as an HTML5 game. Don’t fret, it actually works pretty well. Play it from this link.

War Mages: This is a multiplayer strategy game that takes place on one device. Players summon one of three elementals, with the goal being to kill the other player. Now, the summoned elementals must be given specific commands to navigate the board and attacked before being sent out, and they take time to complete their actions. Forethought is required. This game is best on 7″ and above tablets.

One Game A Month is a Year-Long Game Jam, With Interesting Ideas Playable on Android

One Game A Month is a Year-Long Game Jam, With Interesting Ideas Playable on Android

Jan 31, 2013

A variety of indie game developers are making a concerted effort to do something cool this year: 12 games in 12 months. It’s called “One Game a Month” and it’s a long-term game jam project. Game jams are events where developers try to make a game – often just rough prototypes – in a short period of time, and One Game A Month is attempting to make this a concerted effort for developers. As the end of the month has rolled around, the first wave of titles is releasing, and thanks to Android allowing developers to release their apps freely without having to go through official storefronts, many of the 1GAM titles are available to be played on your phone, tablet, or oven.

Most of the games are simple demos with interesting hooks: <em>Black Holes has players deflecting missiles by placing black holes, for example. Square Jam is a single-device multiplayer game that has players trying to rapidly tap squares on the screen. One of the more interesting games, Where Is Love? has players trying to track down the person they’re dating by following the sound of their heartbeat. Wear headphones. Some of the games are available on Google Play, though many are just available as APKs. Some of the games are rough, whether they be from novice programmers or just hastily-assembled apps, but that’s the point of a game jam: to put something together quickly and to explore ideas.

While there will be some full-fledged releases as part of the program, such as Orangepixel’s Gunslugs, expect to see many prototypes and game jam products released with the program. It’s a way for developers to test and promote interesting ideas they have, and who knows – maybe some great full-fledged ideas will be born from these prototypes or short-form projects. Velocispider was born from a concerted short effort from Retro Dreamer, and other developers on Twitter talk about how they can use this to explore game concepts they haven’t yet done. If you see a concept that’s particularly interesting, let the developer know! Feedback is great and may help spur on the development of future titles.

One Game A Month can be followed from its official website – search the page for Android to find some of the releases, and on Twitter by tracking the #1GAM and #onegameamonth hashtags that developers frequently share info and screens with.