For Android fans, Google's corporate head quarters in Mountain View has taken on the mythical status of Willy Wonka's chocolate factory. But for all the cool stuff that comes out of it, the Googleplex is essentially just a collection of big office buildings, no more or less interesting than any of the wide office parks in that part of California. Google is preparing to build a new campus, and its current proposal to the city council shows off a series of buildings that aren't quite like anything else in the world.
The most striking part of the proposal is the huge translucent covering that wraps around the Google spaces, creating an effect somewhere between an enormous circus tent and greenhouse.
Now you can play with Lego blocks on any device that supports Google's web browser of choice just by visiting the Build with Chrome website. Why? Because building things with blocks is fun. It's a task so intuitive that even babies can grasp it without being directed, and regardless of how old you are, the fun just doesn't go away. The tools may change, but the core concept doesn't need much in the way of innovation. So even though Google's latest Chrome experiment isn't particularly revolutionary, in this case, that's a good thing.
It can be a pain to put away Legos after playing with them, but this website does away with that inconvenience entirely.
Minecraft-themed shooter? Yeah, we've done that. Minecraft-themed platformer? Yup. Minecraft-themed dungeon crawlers, RPGs, and (of course) zombie games? You bet. Now developer DogByte, of 8-bit Ninja fame, is bringing Minecraft to the racing genre with the cleverly-titled Blocky Roads. For the moment this 2.5D driving game is exclusive to the Amazon Appstore, where you can pick it up for two bucks.
How do you combine the blocky sensibilities of Minecraft with a super-simple racer a la Excite Bike? By making the vehicles buildable and moddable, of course. After you complete three races in Blocky Roads you're free to create your own cars and trucks with the materials you pick up in the other levels in the familiar and methodical block-by-block method.
It's no secret that I enjoy Autodesk mobile apps. From Pixlr Express to Sketchbook to AutoCAD 360, it's hard to find an instance when the company has produced a sub-par piece of mobile software.
Continuing that trend, Autodesk released FormIt to the Play Store today, two months after teasing the app's progress on its blog. The former iOS exclusive is meant to help users quickly create and manipulate building forms based on quick ideas or inspiration while on the go.
In this pursuit, the app allows users to quickly build their ideas using a gallery of pre-determined shapes, or by extruding their own shapes from lines.
It's taken a while to get to this point, but we're finally here. A new era for mobile gaming. From tomorrow forward, the world as you know it will cease to be the same. Why? Because after today, Rovio will have a game that isn't Angry Birds-related on the Play Store. What is the game? Do you even care? It's Amazing Alex. If you've ever played a contraption-building game, it'll look familiar to you. If you haven't, watch this:
Pricing information is still unavailable, but if the company follows its previous pattern, it will have both free and paid versions. Whether the game will be able to reach the same level of popularity as Angry Birds has yet to be seen, but if you've been waiting for Rovio to do anything besides release more levels and skins for that thing where you throw things at other things, tomorrow your wait finally ends.
This contest is now over. Here are our winners, selected at random:
Congratulations, guys - all of you will be contacted for your information in the near future!