The world of Shadowrun was created 25 years ago as a tabletop RPG setting, and it certainly had its fans. When Jordan Weisman, one of the original creators of Shadowrun wanted to make it into a proper video game, the internet was more than happy to get involved. The Kickstarter campaign pulled in $1.8 million and now the end result is finally available on an Android tablet near you.
Shadowrun Returns is a traditional turn-based RPG with touch-optimized controls. You guide your party around the gritty world of Shadowrun, wielding both advanced technology and powerful magic to get the job done.
It's time again to crack open your wallet and give to some worthy charities. Unlike the regular kind of charity, you get more than a warm fuzzy feeling from giving to the Humble Bundle. The new Humble Mobile Bundle 2 offers up to six great Android titles, including two debuts.
The Humble Bundle (in case you don't know) is a pay-what-you-want, DRM-free game pack that benefits charities like the EFF and Child's Play. The new games this time around are Star Command and Time Surfer. Star Command is a retro-themed starship simulator. You have to build and maintain your craft while accomplishing various missions and doing battle.
Come on, now. These developers have slaved over a hot keyboard all day to make you some delicious apps. The least you could do is buy some of them. Look, we've even found you some cool sales to take advantage of. So get to it.
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 2D WWI dogfight shooter, a pirate shuffleboard game (yes, really), and an excellent example of why you don't give guns to monkeys. Without further ado:
Six O'Clock High
I'm a sucker for good atmosphere, and Six O'Clock High has it in spades...
All you have to do is get to the luminous beam of light at the end of the level. That's all it takes to progress through Incredipede. However, actually figuring out how to get there is a bit of a challenge. In each level your buggy avatar has to mutate to make its way onward, growing new limbs and muscles as needed. This kind of experimental gameplay has a tendency to go wrong, even if it starts out strong. Incredipede might have things figured out, though.
Each stage in this game challenges you to retrieve the fruit (or other item) either by picking it up directly or by rolling it to the exit.
There's still time to enjoy the weekend before it's back to the daily grind, and you don't even have to leave your house to do it. In fact, you don't even have to get up. Frankly, anything you can't do while remaining seated probably isn't worth doing. So prepare to be amazed by the fabulous sales.
It's very hard for a game developer to strike the right balance between rewardingly difficult and so frustrating as to be unplayable. Pivvot walks a fine line, but manages to be mind-bendingly difficult and still somehow incredibly fun. All you have to do is guide an orb along the track and avoid obstacles by pivoting clockwise and counter-clockwise. Yeah, that doesn't sound challenging, but it really is.
The orb hangs out at the end of a fixed tether, which you can swing in either direction. As you come up on obstacles, simply rotate in the right direction to avoid them. The catch is that the orb does not rotate along with the track, so you're forced to constantly tweak and recalculate the angle to get on the correct side of obstacles.
The once and future king of mini-consoles has made a bit of a splash in the news the last few weeks, but for those of you who actually own and use an OUYA, there's good news in the form of a software update. The company posted a full changelog to the official blog yesterday, and the third major update should be making its way to your console now if you don't have it already. The developers focused on better game organization in the Discover window, among other things.
It's football season in America, and that means just one thing: a lot of very rich people are going to spend the next five months getting slightly richer. Oh, and a lot of people are going to have fun watching sports. Or playing them, as the case may be: Madden NFL 25 just landed in the Play Store. That's 25 as in the 25th anniversary of the first Madden video game - this year's release would otherwise be called Madden 2013 or similar.
Madden 25 mixes things up with a new control system, offering either the classic console-style joystick controls or new swipe controls.