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 an update to a much-loved jumping platformer, a barnyard theft simulator, and a unique take on the sliding block puzzle.
Remember that children's book, Harold and the Purple Crayon? This is essentially that book made into a game, minus the toddler, and plus a lot of physics elements. Crayon Physics Deluxe has been making fans on the PC and iOS for years, and yesterday it finally hit the Play Store (after slumming it on the Galaxy Note 10.1 for a few months). The objective is to roll a 2D ball over a star, but that's like saying the point of baseball is to hit a ball with a stick: There's a lot more to it.
The E3 gaming show is usually about showing off the latest and greatest in gaming, but Hyperkin is sticking to the classics. This company has been working on the mother of all classic consoles, and a playable prototype version is on the floor at E3. Whereas most retro game consoles use hardware to imitate the original system, the Hyperkin Retron 5 is doing it with software emulation based on Android.
It's called the Retron 5 because it has five slots.
This edition focuses only on new games. The app roundup is coming up soon.
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The folks behind the MOGA wireless gamepads for Android announced today that the next-generation MOGA Power Series controllers will be unveiled at E3 later this month. In addition to an updated physical design, MOGA is talking up its new MOGA Boost system. Boost will recharge your phone while you game.
The Power Series will come in two different styles – a compact version for hauling around, and a larger (less portable) one.
Stop me if you've heard this one before. Mad Catz, purveyor of game controllers and Nintendo cases to rich and poor alike, is preparing yet another Android-powered game console in the vein of OUYA and GameStick. Information on Project M.O.J.O. is buried deep in the company's 2013 fiscal earnings report, with a reveal scheduled at the Electronic Entertainment Expo next week.
Mad Catz CEO Darren Richardson was quoted in the earnings report:
Superman and video games have a somewhat tenuous relationship. After Superman 64 became one of the biggest stinkers in console gaming history (so... many... rings...) it put a black mark on the last son of Krypton, and the subsequent games have never managed to escape its infamous shadow. The licensed game for the upcoming reboot Man Of Steel is trying to set a new standard for Superman games... and doesn't stand a Kryptonian's chance in Apokolips of actually achieving it.
Welcome, frugal readers, to another edition of Saving Money with Android Police, a sometimes daily series where we deliver the latest and best deals to hit the Play Store. Today's episode brings a few big names to the table, along with some incredibly utilitarian applications and a couple of good games for killing time. Without further ado, here's the skinny.
- Final Fantasy III Kindle Edition – $7.99 (normally $15.99)
- Cerberus – Free for today only, details here (normally $2.99)
- JuiceSSH – Free until Monday, details here (normally $4.99)
- Serious Sam Kamikaze Attack – Humble Bundle, details here (normally $0.99)
- ABBYY TextGrabber + Translator – $2.99 (normally $5.99)
There, now you can buy yourself a plaque with all that money you saved.