Welcome back to our monthly gaming retrospective, this time for January 2014. We've got a good mix of triple-A console-style games and more mobile-friendly casual titles for your consideration, some of which are so bizarre that they have to be played to be understood. We've also got plenty of picks that didn't quite make it to the top of the list, but are still worthy of attention. Check out the profiles below for screenshots, videos, and easy links to the Google Play Store.
Most games are just about entertainment, but sometimes you can do a little good too. Play to Cure: Genes In Space is a mobile game developed for Cancer Research UK as a way to get people all over the world involved in sorting through real genetic data and help scientists get a handle on the causes of cancer. Also, there are space ships.
In the game, you are collecting Element Alpha, which is a made up thing.
Yes, it's another endless runner. Just hold on a second, though. The Great Martian War is a nice looking game, and the setting is really interesting. The year is 1913 and Earth has been invaded by Martians, War of the Worlds-style. Oh, and the History Channel is involved. Why? Aliens.
You play the role of a lone scout, or chump, as your commanding officers probably say. The goal is to weave through the oncoming waves of Martian invaders without getting blown up or running into anything.
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Today's roundup is presented by Medieval Wars: Strategy & Tactics from Herocraft.
There are definitely some problems with the Ouya even after all these months, but that's mostly because of the hardware. In the absence of a true hardware revision the company is making a few minor alterations. A new version of the Ouya is now available for sale with more storage, an updated controller, and a totally brutal all black color.
One of the most popular free apps on iOS has made the jump (or flight) over to Android, and now you are free to get addicted to it as well. Flappy Bird is a brutally simple game that has you maneuver a bird around some pipes. This is apparently entertaining.
You make the bird flap its wings with each tap, but it actually just bobs up and falls back down.