As promised, we have a second question regarding the recently over 10-day $0.10 "10 Billion Promo" sale, inspired by numerous comments on the sale posts and via Google+/Twitter/Facebook. Quite simply, did you add any new payment methods to your Market account? Vote in the poll, then head down to the comments to discuss.
Yar Matey! Take to the high seas and plunder all in your path! Disney's new social game, Master of the Seas, promises to be "the first mobile game to combine deep story and brilliant graphics with compelling social gameplay."
In this 'Pirates of the Caribbean' themed game, you'll be able to become the ruthless pirate you've always dreamed of being, build a loyal crew, and battle other players for notoriety and treasures. As you navigate the seas and explore islands, you'll be able to complete quests, earning booty and experience points. Invite your friends to play along side you, or even against you.
If, like me, you're a fan of the action-horror genre of gaming, then you'll be pleased to know that Dead Space just landed in the Android Market, leaving its EA Store exclusivity behind.
This gripping sci-fi thriller not only brings intense gameplay to your mobile, but a rich storyline and cinematic horror that is sure to chill you down to the very bone. Stunning visuals, along with a movie-quality score make this game a must have for anyone looking for more than simple puzzle games on-the-go.
It's not all about looks, though - this game also features intuitive controls that integrate directly into the game.
Following up on last week's editorial, I decided it may be interesting to take a look at the other side of the story – that is, what effect has Google's 10 Billion App promotion had on the developers who were invited to participate?
To begin with, I think it would be wise to take a look at just how developers were invited, and how Google ran the promotion overall. We've heard from a handful of developers about this, so we've got a pretty clear picture of how things went.
Google began approaching developers in October, offering few details about the promotion, other than the fact that each developer's chosen app would sell for $0.10 on a predetermined day during the promotion.
Looking to give players the experience of "truly carving down the mountain," Com2uS has released SummitX Snowboarding to the Android Market - a dynamic, exciting game focused around – you guessed it – snowboarding.
The game features 36 multi-branching courses on 6 different mountains, 10 customizable boards, a "majestic" 3D terrain, accurate "true-to-sport" physics, and a sound track featuring over 20 real rock bands. Overall, the game seems to function smoothly, and gameplay isn't too challenging, even on a 4.3" screen.
SummitX's lite version is free, and the full version can be obtained via in-app purchase for $4.99 (ostensibly, this explains the presence of "tryandbuy" in SummitX's extremely long ID tag).
Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end, and the awesome 10 Billion Apps promo, sadly, reached its final day. I wish it could go on forever and become a regular thing, at least with one app a day - how about it, Google?
Today, we have 8 new apps/games and 4 repeats. Here they are:
Despite rumors that the game would be delayed until 2012, Sega released Sonic CD to the Android Market today, bringing nostalgic Sonic action to your Android device for just $1.99.
Sonic CD follows the titular hedgehog hero to Never Lake to see Little Planet, a time-bending world powered by Time Stones. Of course, Dr. Eggman wants to get his hands on the Time Stones in order to control time, and it's up to you to stop him. The game takes players through a variety of environments, keeping up with Sonic's classic style of gameplay using on-screen controls.
Adding a fun twist to everyone's favorite ring-grabbing side scroller, Sega has implemented leaderboards, achievements, and US and Japanese soundtracks, making for a slightly updated Sonic incarnation.
Looking to give players "the ultimate 3rd person shooter" experience, Glu Mobile has released Frontline Commando to the Android Market.
Frontline Commando charges players with avenging fellow soldiers who fell during a renegade attack on a ruthless dictator. Frontline includes a wide array of weaponry and stunning "console quality visuals," making it a compelling and dynamic war action game. The thrill of warding off enemy forces is enhanced by sophisticated physics, destructible objects, and a variety of challenging missions.
Considering the fact that Frontline Commando is absolutely free in the Android Market, there's no reason not to give this 3rd person shooter a try.
A new game listing hit the Tegra Zone earlier today, introducing The Dark Meadow – a sophisticated entry into the first person action/adventure genre, built on Unreal Engine 3 and optimized for your Tegra device.
Update 12/14/11: Official Android teaser:
Here's a trailer from the iOS version:
With The Dark Meadow, Phosphor Games Studio submerges players in a "dark fairytale world filled with fantastical creatures bent on destroying them." Certainly, dark is a bit of an understatement – the environments and characters look downright disturbing. Just take a look at some of the beauties below:
Unfortunately, The Dark Meadow won't be available till Q1 2012.