Bringing an incredible art style and steampunk-inspired puzzling fun to Android today, Hothead Games released Machinarium to Google's Play Store.
Machinarium puts players in a "world of robots," requiring quick wit to solve puzzles, work through challenges, and complete various mini-games to help the protagonist Josef save his robotic girlfriend in the city.
If you're wondering why the game looks visually amazing, it's because the graphics are completely hand-drawn. The artistic style of Machinarium is undoubtedly impressive, and adds a ton to the overall experience.
Besides amazing, thoughtful graphics, Machinarium features "an award winning and original soundtrack," ensuring great gameplay without even taking into consideration the various brain-teasing puzzles you'll need to solve to progress through the game.
Are you a designer? Or really good with Adobe Illustrator? Or maybe just really motivated by the chance of winning the awesome Iconia A510 tablet (we reviewed it, it is awesome)? Then have we got a contest for you.
Update: The winning design along with the runners-up was announced here.
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NVIDIA Tegra Zone
Tegra-optimized games often offer a better experience over their non-Tegra siblings, and NVIDIA has put together a nice way to find them all in one place: enter the Tegra Zone.
The Tegra Zone is a site and companion app that makes it easy to find Tegra-optimized games and apps for your device.
Kairosoft, makers of the wildly popular Game Dev Story (and a ton of other "Story" games), released Cafeteria Nipponica to the Play Store today, bringing a familiar art style and gameplay format back once again, but this time in a restaurant.
The game poses players as "chef de cuisine" at their very own restaurant, allowing for total control over every detail from tables to TVs to menus, ingredients, salary negotiation, dish development, and much more.
Like in Kairosoft's other games, players must recruit a top-notch crew to make their way up the restaurant ladder. Successful restaurateurs can even host special events including eating contests and cooking classes.
When we heard about rumors of Samsung releasing a 10.1-inch version of the popular Galaxy Note smartphone, we were understandably a bit skeptical. I mean, the idea makes sense - a larger Note would mean more area to use that advanced pressure-sensitive stylus. But given that Samsung has yet to announce a Galaxy Tab 10.1 successor, it seemed a bit odd. But now, the Note 10.1 is obviously for-real, and we spent a little time with it today.
First things first: the stylus works as advertised. While a bit laggier to actually display the results of the pen's input than its smaller sibling, the Note 10.1's stylus performed admirably, as you can see below (I'm super creative).
Intrigued by his skills, I clicked through to his Deviant Art profile and found a stunning collection of 3D renders of Android and Apple, fighting to the death. I felt that being buried somewhere in the depths of the Deviant Art abyss was no proper way for these pictures to exist - they needed to be seen. By us. Now. So, without further ado, here they are (and you bet we'll be asking RougeCrown to come do some work for us here at AP!):
Update: This app has finally landed in the Android Market, so head over there and grab it!
Have you ever been out somewhere when you were suddenly hit with a stroke of artistic genius? You haven't? Oh... well, have you ever been bored and just wanted to doodle on your phone a bit? If you fall into either of those categories, you need to check out a new app called Fresco.
This app is labeled as a "mobile art studio" per the developer, and it packs quite a few nice features: full layer support, configurable brush and eraser tools, smoothing, flood fill, zoom/pan, export to .PSD (with layers) and more.
Off topic? Sure. Amusing? Quite. ChipWorks has cracked open a Samsung Galaxy Tab and Samsung Captivate (a Galaxy S device) to take a look at the chips inside, and found a surprising number of visual goodies packed within. Using some scanning electronic microscopy, they saw a message that reads "If you can read this, you are much too close." Much too close, indeed: the letter "o" in the message is less than 1/10th the thickness of a human hair.
But that was just the tip of the iceberg. They also found four other images in the chips, including "a fairly simple smiley face...