When you're really good at ping pong, sometimes you start to feel like a ninja. Look at you, swinging that paddle back and forth, cutting through balls with so much force that it's a miracle they keep coming back. If someone took your persona and turned it into a video game, Chillingo's Power Ping Pong would be the result.
Hey, did you know that John Woo made an Android game? You will by the time you read the Play Store description for Chillingo's latest title, Bloodstroke. The first screenshot is literally the game's logo and a headshot of the well-known Hong Kong movie director and producer, with his name featured twice. You know, just in case you didn't get the message. Exactly how Woo is involved in Bloodstroke isn't mentioned - is he a designer? Producer? Art director? Did he code the entire thing by hand on the set of Windtalkers? We don't know, and it doesn't matter.
To give credit where it's due, Bloodstroke is a gorgeous game, more because of its visual style than the polygonal graphics themselves.
Button-mashing beat 'em up games aren't super-common on mobile devices because there aren't really buttons to mash. Fightback makes it work by translating a flurry of taps and swipes into punches and kicks. Are there bad guys on the screen? Yes? Just tap all the things. It seemed to work pretty well on iOS, where Fightback was rather popular.
According to our demographics, not many of you will remember playing the licensed Spy vs Spy game adapted from the MAD Magazine characters in its original Commodore, Atari, and Apple II release. Those of you who do (or who tried the various console remakes) will be thrilled to learn that there's a new release of the game, with both modern Flash-style animation and a translated version of the original. And yes, multiplayer is included.
Spy vs Spy is a mix of strategy and exploration. You play either the white or the black spy, exploring an embassy searching for five items: cash, a passport, a key, the secret plans, and a briefcase to carry them all at once.
Welcome to the latest entry in our Bonus Round series, wherein we tell you all about the new Android games of the day that we couldn't get to during our regular news rounds. Consider this a quick update for the dedicated gamers who can't wait for our bi-weekly roundups, and don't want to wade through a whole day's worth of news just to get their pixelated fix. Today we've got a literal tower defense game, a 2D aerial shooter, and an adventure game featuring the biggest leading Lady on Earth. Without further ado:
Here's a tower defense game that takes the name of the genre literally.
With the 2014 World Cup just around the corner, now's a good time to capitalize on that excitement by releasing a soccer game. Building a franchise from scratch could do the trick, but if you have a popular title out in the wild, why not kick out a sequel? Sriker Soccer 2 has just hit the Play Store with more of the friendly gameplay that helped push the original to success.
The controls are simple. Players have two buttons: pass and shoot. The computer AI will take care of the difficult elements like running, strategizing, and otherwise playing the game. It's the kind of passive experience that works great on a mobile device, especially when you only have a few moments to kill.
When Namco's Tank! Tank! Tank! served as Wii U launch game in November of 2012, it was criticized for having little more content than a mobile game. As it turns out, that wasn't an exaggeration. That game's one drawing feature, hot multiplayer tank-on-tank action, is now available For Android in much the same form thanks to Iron Force from Chillingo and Cool Fish Games.
Iron Force lacks a single-player campaign, outside of the ability to play against bots. The idea is to compete against other players in 4 vs 4 teams or in 6-player free-for-alls. There are over a dozen tanks to pick from, and while they're all understandably clunky, there are plenty of available upgrades to improve them with.
Welcome to the latest entry in our Bonus Round series, wherein we tell you all about the new Android games of the day that we couldn't get to during our regular news rounds. Consider this a quick update for the dedicated gamers who can't wait for our bi-weekly roundups, and don't want to wade through a whole day's worth of news just to get their pixelated fix. Today we've got a runner game with some Portal inspiration, another runner that should please physics buffs, and a game that delivers exactly what it promises. Without further ado:
If Portal and an endless runner had a baby, it would be Chillingo's Rock Runners.
If there is one thing the internet has collectively agreed is great, it's cats. Not real cats necessarily, but cats doing funny or adorable things – cats in the abstract. Wake the Cat from Halfpixel Games and Chillingo is a physics puzzler where you have to bounce a ball of yarn over to a sleeping kitten, which should just about do it for the internet.
Wake the Cat comes with 90 levels of cluttered floors and sleeping cats. Just roll the yarn in the right direction to bounce it off boxes and slippers until it reaches the cat, and adorableness ensues.
We all have a deep-seated desire to smash things – a love of destruction, if you will. Don't bother denying it. Well, there are plenty of things to destroy in Catapult King, a game that made quite an impact on iOS. This is a physics game that invites you to knock down all manner of structures with a magical catapult.
You can think of Catapult King as a more advanced version of Crush the Castle. The gameplay is dead-simple. Just pull back the sling, aim, and release to watch the mayhem begin. You've beaten a stage when all the enemies in it have bitten the dust.