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 another Tin Man Games book, a bloody Fruit Ninja knockoff, a pixelated take on Railroad Tycoon, a deer hunter game for people who enjoy being at the top of the food chain, and (ugh) another zombie-themed tower defense game.
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 hilarious take on Fruit Ninja, a combination rhythm game/endless runner, an online Bomberman clone, and a game that's saved by its trailer.
It's been quite a while since the Android version of HalfBrick's food murder simulator Fruit Ninja got a content update, but the dry spell ends today. The latest additions to the free app (and only the free app) include better support for Android tablets and a basket full of extra goodies. The most important bit is certainly the introduction of a local, single-device multiplayer mode, though you'll need a 7" or larger tablet to take advantage of it.
Look, folks, today is the perfect day to watch a light-hearted video of a real-life fruit ninja chopping fruit, getting smacked in the face with bananas, avoiding bombs like the plague, all topped with adorable kittens flying by in slo-mo. In fact, any day is the perfect day to watch that, especially when it's accompanied by a Dubstep sound track. Still not convinced? Fine, I'll give you two more reasons. It's a Sunday before the laziest and least productive week of the year, and it's Christmas Eve Eve.
Show of hands, Verizon users: who's excited to shell out another six bucks a month to Big Red? Verizon and its new partner Extent hope that you are. Today they've introduced the GameTanium Mobile subscription-based service exclusively for Verizon's customers, bringing "more than 100 of the best Android smartphone games and more than 50 tablet games" to subscribers. The fee will show up on customers' phone bill every month, but Verizon has generously offered a three day trial.
If you like fishing and playing Fruit Ninja, life just got drastically better for you. Ninja Fishing, an ultra-popular iOS game, just makes its way to Android, bringing all sorts of fishy hack-n-slash action with it.
The basic gist is something like this: you catch fish, sling them up in the air, and then use your mad ninja skills to hack 'em up as quickly as possible. The similarity to Fruit Ninja is difficult to overstate here, but at least Ninja Fishing adds an extra element to the gameplay and, unlike Fruit Ninja, doesn't leave us wondering: where is all this stuff coming from and why is it flying through the air?
Over at Computex Taipei, the usual array of bizarre and/or nifty gadgets you'd expect at a technology trade show are out in numbers. Coming to the attention of The Verge's Sean Hollister was a demo by Scandinavian company Senseye, with its intriguing eye tracking-based control and navigation system. As you might expect, a camera simply follows the motion of your eyes and moves the cursor to their focal point.
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A Few Notes
At the AppNation conference today, I got a chance to talk to Shainiel Deo, the CEO of Halfbrick, a company most known for its best selling iOS game Fruit Ninja.
Fruit Ninja is an addicting game in which you try to slash as many pieces of fruit thrown in the air as possible, getting bonus points for combo slices, while avoiding bombs at all costs.