If you're a fan of tower defense games, then you've probably played one of the first two Tower Raiders (or both). You probably also know what a saturated market the TD scene is. So, what's a title like TR to do to stand out in the crowd? Create a completely immersive environment - that's what.
I have to say it looks pretty amazing, and I'm not even a big fan of TD games. This one throws a few new elements into the mix, especially for those who have played previous editions of Tower Raiders. For starters, the environments ditch the mostly top-down look for a unique 3D world.
There's a startling amount of crossover between people who use Android for their mobile needs and Windows and Xbox for their desktop and console gaming. The SmartGlass app has been a definite hit for Xbox 360 users who also have Windows Phone 7 devices... all eight of them. Now Android users can join the fun: Microsoft's released the official SmartGlass app for Android, available for free in the Play Store.
If you're not familiar with SmartGlass, it controls just about every aspect of the media-friendly Xbox 360 aside from actual game control. The app will let your navigate though your Xbox's menu, pause and play music and videos, or even purchase new content right from your phone.
We just heard that Rockstar is planning on bringing the excellent Grand Theft Auto: Vice City to Android later this year, but it looks like they've got even more good news. Today you can get Grand Theft Auto III, the original sandbox game, for just $.99. It's normally $4.99, but to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Vice City, you can pick it up for a special price for an unspecified time.
GTAIII was no small feat when it was released in 2001, and even today you'll need relatively new hardware and about half a gigabyte of space to run the game on Android.
Welcome to the Android Police Podcast, Episode 33. Don't forget - the Android Police Podcast's live broadcast is every Thursday at 5PM PST (www.androidpolice.com/podcast). The unedited video version of the podcast can be found here - and will likely include various verbal expletives, technical snafus, tangents, and probably a good 5-10 minutes of pre-podcast banter as we prepare. Watch at your own risk!
Don't forget - we're having 4 weeks of tablet giveaways for live listeners. Tune in every week for the next 3 weeks (week 1's prizes - 2 Fuhu Nabi 2's and a Transformer Pad Infinity pack - were given away on October 25th) for a chance to win.
Good news for old-school gamers on the go: the latest update from the iMpulse Bluetooth controller has added quite a bit of features, making it more attractive than ever. The creators of the Kickstarter project released a new design render, showing off a switch from a PlayStation Portable-style analog stick to a more conventional D-pad, which should work better for a wider variety of games. They've also added two "shoulder" buttons (actually on the back of the tiny device) for more flexibility, and the housing has been slimmed down, making the iMpulse look considerably less like a brick. This should give just about the same level of control, if not comfort, as the much-loved SNES gamepad.
Good news, bad news, and really bloody ridiculous news, Android fans. Today, the latest round of DMCA exemptions has been passed and if you've ever jailbroken or rooted a phone, you'll be happy to know that this will continue to be legal. At least, for your phones. If, however, you want to gain su access to your tablet, you're fresh out of luck. Also, phones purchased after January 2013 cannot be legally unlocked for use on a carrier that didn't give you explicit permission. Yeah, it's kind of a mess.
Wait, What Are DMCA Exemptions?
A brief intro, for the uninitiated: the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, signed into law in 1998, has a certain set of rules concerning circumvention of DRM.
If you've been on the fence about upgrading to the Galaxy S III from... whatever phone you're running these days, but were waiting for a better price, Best Buy's Deal of the Day could be the one for you. For today only, you can score the GSIII for a mere $99 with free shipping, a price that's good for both new contracts and upgrades. That's the best deal we've seen yet for the latter.
The deal is good for all of the Big Four - AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon - though if you're looking to score one on VZW, you'll have to hunt the device down manually; for some reason, BB decided not to include it in the promotion link.
If you're not familiar with the 8-bit adventures developed by OrangePixel (see some of our past coverage here, and here), you should probably check them out. Their latest and greatest, Meganoid 2 - the sequel to their most popular title, Meganoid - just hit the Play Store.
Meganoid is inspired by the ultra-difficult (and ultra-fun) platformers on the 1980's and 90's. And yes, it's supposed to look like that. Meganoid 2 will certainly provide hours of fun and frustration, and is a great pick-up game for killing time. It comes in both free (ad-supported) and paid versions, but given that the paid version is just a buck, it's not like OrangePixel's asking a lot.
If you've got fond memories of speeding through "don't call it Miami" Vice City to the sounds of a drugged-up Scottish hair band bickering in the back of your limousine, good news: you'll soon be able to take the experience with you. Grand Theft Auto developer Rockstar has announced that as part of the 10th anniversary celebration for GTA: Vice City, they'll be releasing mobile versions for both Android and iOS later this year. Vice City's release will come about a year after the mobile version of the original crime sandbox, Grand Theft Auto III.
Were you were too young to enjoy (or buy) Vice City when it hit the PS2 way back in 2002?
If you have an Optimus Elite, it's time to hit that "check update" button - a brand-new software version (LS696ZVF) is headed out to devices this morning. It's definitely on the minor side, and no, it's not Ice Cream Sandwich. Honestly, if you have an Elite, you're probably going to be stuck in Gingerbread hell forever unless you're on a custom ROM. Anyway, here's the changelog:
- NFC driver permissions update - Support for downloadable Sprint Direct Connect Now client from the Google Play Store - “QuickMemo” LG application - Sprint Connections Optimizer