If you've still not tried one of the best ambient "chill-out" games out there, Osmos HD, and you don't use the Amazon App Store, now's your chance. The game's developers at Hemisphere Games have put Osmos HD on sale for just $0.99 (that's two dollars less than its normal $2.99 price) in celebration of the vernal equinox today. The sale will last for an un-quantified "few days."
For those who haven't heard of Osmos, it's an ambient game that could almost be considered a classic for the Android platform. The general idea is that you are a small blob, navigating through the "Blobiverse," soaking up smaller motes, while avoiding larger, more dangerous life forms.
Yeah, high-resolution textures, 3D shaders, dynamic lighting, and all sorts of other stuff are standard in mobile games these days. Infinite is a little bit different, though. This title invites you to journey through a geometric galaxy and build solar systems with dead-simple controls.
Infinite is an arcade-style game with a little dash of physics and a smidgen of style. You have to pick up bits of matter floating around the various stars in your galaxy to build up enough mass to drop a planet. All you have top do is tap and hold to move the matter collector farther out.
For decades, the majority of video games have been about non-stop action, encouraging players to stop on innocent turtles, shoot terrorists and generally go nuts. Sure, there's the odd strategy or puzzle game, but even those have an element of tension and urgency - it's part of what makes them fun. Game developers know how to push our mental buttons of risk and reward.
But in the last few years, we've seen a genre of games that stress just the opposite, relying on slow, measured gameplay that's relaxing rather than exciting, soothing rather than stressful. They rely on simple, colorful visuals and gameplay that bucks the trend of traditional game theory.
DI.FM fans, in an announcement on Facebook, your favorite radio station just dropped its Android app (previously available as only an off-Market beta) in the Android Market. Being one of such fans - Digitally Imported Premium is one of the few services I pay for monthly - I can tell you that the app is superb - it's clean, well designed, functional, and not over-bloated with features nobody needs.
Besides the obvious music streaming from all of DI's 37 channels, the app offers an ability to set favorite stations, stream using different bitrates when on Wi-Fi or cellular networks, and an ability to log into Premium to experience higher quality music without commercials.