KickStarter Spotlight: GameStick

KickStarter Spotlight: GameStick

Jan 9, 2013

With the advent of Ouya, the wildly successful Android powered, open-source gaming console, there have been a flood of new and unique console ideas. Weather this is the start of a new era in gaming where the power is decentralized and given to small indie developers remains to be seen, and the success of Ouya will probably be the biggest barometer of that. One thing that these consoles have going for it that many startups did not traditionally have in the past is an established library of games and a seasoned operating system. Coming hand-in-hand with this lowered bar of entry are a lot of optimistic and eager developers hoping that their Android powered console will, for one reason or another, reign supreme or at least get a large slice of the pie in this new frontier. Making it even easier for these entrepreneurs is the fact that unlike the past there now exists tremendously powerful crowd funding resources that were not available to game developers of the past.

So with that being said, we are going to take a look at one hopeful called GameStick which takes the idea of the console and tries to render it completely useless. The developers behind GameStick have taken a small sized gaming console like the Ouya and were able to fit it into about the size of a large flash drive that plugs directly into the HDMI port on a TV. The kicker here is that this ‘flash drive’ is able to be stored inside of its controller which makes the entire system incredible portable in a way that no system has been able to do before. The games, and especially the home UI that was shown in their KickStarter video all looked great on an HD TV and they claim to have over 200 titles already ready for launch.

This all sounds great but I do have a few reservations, one being that because this is so small there has to be something sacrificed and my feeling is that this will work well for the current wave of mobile games, but what will happen to future games when phone get even more processing power and start to outpace the GameStick. If the price is right though maybe it would be cost effective to just buy an updated version of the GameStick, but this does not exactly breed confidence in the product. Also, I am not a fan of the initial controller design. It looks too square and does not seem comfortable in the slightest.

Even after all that I do feel that GameStick could potentially have a great future because it will be cheap at around $100 and will launch with a large and established library of games. Assuming they can get their wonky controller whittled down to size and deliver some solid hardware I see no reason that the GameStick could not “stick” around with us for some time.

Friday Android Free App Recap July 27

Friday Android Free App Recap July 27

Jul 27, 2012

This week we are going to look at games where the main character is a stick figure. Many of us suck at drawing so we can all relate to the simplicity of the artwork involved. There are actually way more stick figure games than I thought there would be.


Stick Fighter 2

Fighting games have always done well with the gaming communities. Stick Fighter 2 is a fighting game with some cool attacking moves. Superman-esque attacks, complete with a cape and one arm out and power sliding kicks make attacking the other stick men a blast.

Download Stick Fighter 2


Line Runner

Line Runner was the first stick man game I ever played. The idea is pretty simple; jump over or slide under obstacles. In reality, the fast pace of the game makes these simple actions challenging to say the least. Try to beat personal distance records or play friends online.

Download Line Runner


Stick Speed Runner

Stick Speed Runner has the little stick man jumping from rooftop to rooftop. Starting out the gameplay is pretty slow but increases the farther through the course he makes it. The only real action required is to tap the screen to jump. Believe me, that’s enough to pay attention too as things start to move fast.

Download Stick Speed Runner


StickDraw

Out of this bunch of apps, StickDraw is different because it is a drawing game, not an action game. Create different drawings and animate them. Remember back in the day at school people used to make the little flipbooks with the stick man jumping through the fire ring or over a car? StickDraw is like that but digital.

Download StickDraw


Stick Combat

Stick Combat adds a little more of a meaty body to the characters. There is a good range of motion for the butt-kicking, not just a 2D scrolling game like others. During the battles boxed with potential weapons to enhance the attacks or food to revive energy might be in side. Break them open to see.

Download <Stick Combat