Friday Free App Rundown February 15 – Saturday Morning Cartoon Games

Friday Free App Rundown February 15 – Saturday Morning Cartoon Games

Feb 15, 2013

When I was a kid, I couldn’t wait to wake up on Saturday mornings to watch cartoons. There was an awesome lineup back then. In this week’s Free App Rundown we are going to talk about games based on Saturday morning cartoons. While there are paid games out there like The Dark Knight Rises and The Amazing Spider-Man, the games in this list are free. Let’s take a look.

Batman Dash

In this 2D side scroller, it’s up to Batman to save the city. Jump and collect coins to buy upgrades at the store. Attacking a few enemies with some swift action packed moves is what makes Batman who he is. This 16-bit style game is great for spending a little time away from games that are all about the graphics. Head back to the simpler days when there was only a jump and an action button to use.

Download Batman Dash

Smurfs’ Village

The Smurfs are some of those mythical creatures who are only 2 apples high who have a single word that means just about anything depending on the context it’s used. In Smurfs’ Village, the goal is to build a Smurf village. Start from scratch and make it the best village ever. Play parts of the game as some of the more popular Smurfs, Papa Smurf, Smurfette, Lazy Smurf and more.

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Garfield’s Defense 2

Garfield seems like he is always in some kind of mess. When the aliens come to earth and try to take the yummy food, our favorite orange cat and friends are there to stop them. Play as Garfield, Odie or Nermal and get into this global food fight. Using food as a weapon, there are a lot of aliens to lick. Get to it.

Download Garfield’s Defense 2

Transformers Memory Game 3

The Transformers are one of those cartoons that made a successful transition to the big screen. Because of that they are everywhere. This memory game has all of the popular original Transformers as cards. Match them to win. While some people scoff at simple memory games, they really do help improve basic memory.

Download Transformers Memory Game 3

bugs bunny shooting

Remember when hunting games were simple and didn’t have all the realistic aspects like calculating for wind and using high-powered scopes to pick off a target thousands of yards away? Bugs bunny shooting is like a time machine taking us back to the simpler times if hunting and shooting games. It’s like the Bugs Bunny equivalent to Duck Hunt.

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Smurfs’ Village to be Available Worldwide on Android This Week

Smurfs’ Village to be Available Worldwide on Android This Week

Sep 27, 2011

Smurfs’ Village, the mammoth free-to-play hit on iOS, is making its way to Android at last. The game, currently only available in Australia, France, and Canada (likely as a stress test for the servers; this kind of tactic is used regularly on iOS in order to stress test games), will be making its way to the global Android Market this September 28th. The game will be available from this link. This is a so-called social game, where players try to build up a Smurfs’ village of their very own, with buildings that take varying amounts of time to build. The building process can be sped up through the purchase of the game’s in-app credits, appropriately enough entitled Smurfberries.

What will be interesting to see is if any kind of controversy over in-app purchases flares up with this game as it did on iOS. In-app purchases could be restricted on iOS, but due to the game’s kid-friendly nature, many kids were spending large amounts of real-world money on the Smurfberries. On Android, passwords aren’t required for app downloads or in-app purchases at all; an optional PIN for purchases can be set from within the Android Market’s options, but the likelihood that unintended purchases from children not aware that they are spending real-world money will occur seems high. It’s a concern Capcom has hopefully addressed beyond just a notice on the Market page that Smurfberries cost real-world money.

Still, for a game that has been a perennial member of the “Top Grossing” chart on iOS, this is a major title for the platform, and a potentially new huge source of revenue for Capcom and developer Beeline Interactive. Whether or not it can duplicate its chart success over on Android will be interesting to track; and to see if any kind of in-app purchase controversy will bubble up will be interesting to see as well, with more and more apps using in-app purchases.