Gamers were uneasy as soon as Ouya announced its Free the Games Fund a few months back. The goal was to encourage the development of Ouya-exclusive games by matching Kickstarter funds over $50,000, and also offering some extra incentives. After some high-profile scandals that brought to light at least one instance of admitted malfeasance, Ouya boss Julie Uhrman has announced some changes.
First and foremost, the cut off for matching funds has been lowered to $10,000. That should bring many more indie game developers into the program. Ouya will also match crowd sourced funding between $10,000 and $250,000. So if the community wants a game more, it gets more money to speed things along.
It's not like apps are expensive compared to a lot of other items, some of which you probably get less use out of. Saving $0.99 on a game doesn't just mean you saved $0.99 – it means you won. You beat the system. Take that, establishment! Now you can fight the man with a new round of sales.
Yes, Angry Birds is back again. This time the sequel to the surprisingly fun Angry Birds Star Wars has dropped out of Hyperspace right in the middle of the Play Store. Angry Birds Star Wars II is based on the prequel films – you know, the ones that your inner child refuses to acknowledge.
There are over 30 playable characters in Angry Birds Star Wars II. Everyone from Mace Windu to Queen Amidala (for some reason) is included in the game this time. Probably one of the reasons for having so many characters is the Telepods toy tie-in. Telepods are small figurines made by Hasbro that can be "teleported" into the game.
Zombies are still cool, right? Even if they're not, Dead Trigger 2 could potentially tip the scales of trendiness in favor of the undead. The zombie shoot 'em up has been teased a few times, but now we've got a date. Madfinger Games will release Dead Trigger 2 on October 23 – just in time for Halloween.
The game will be optimized for Tegra 4 devices like the Shield and just announced Tegra Note devices, but any modern Android device should be able to get in on the fun. There will still be lots of zombie shooting, but Dead Trigger 2 will be taking place in an expansive multiplayer world that develops in real time.
Oh, not another physics puzzler. What is it this time? Bridge building? Water? Birds?! It's more upset birds, isn't it? No, this is something... different. Incredipede is a game with a simple premise – get the fruit and get to the exit. The way you get there is bizarre and interesting, and sometimes strangely beautiful. In each stage, the Incredipede transforms itself into a new organism to cope with the challenges presented by the level. You just need to figure out how it works.
The Incredipede can sprout new limbs and muscles as needed. Each stage is a surprise – will it have twenty tiny legs or a single giant articulating claw?
Are you a little bummed about the Nexus 4 selling out before you could get one? Well, don't despair. We've got some nice app and game sales to get your spirits up. Saving money makes everyone happy, right?
Hexage has been creating some of the best games on Android since early in the platform's run. It has a distinct style that has evolved through the years as Android acquired more graphical prowess. That leads us to the newest Hexage title, Reaper. This is a 2D hack-and-slash RPG with a casual style of gameplay and a ton of pizazz. Unlike some previous Hexage games, this one is not free-to-play. You can try it out, but you've got to make a decision about buying the full version. Is a casual RPG worth owning forever?
As the work week draws to a close, you're probably making plans for the weekend – friends, family, and all that. Cancel them. We've got a raft of sales that'll keep you busy for the next few days. The inviting glow of a touchscreen is all you really need to feel whole anyway.
Of course, along with a new shortlist of apps, we've got a condensed list of last month's very best new games. And as usual, there were plenty to choose from. Out of the dizzying array of new games, we've selected only the very best in the list below. We'll take a brief look at the five best, and then a list of runners up that, while worth looking at, didn't quite make it onto our main list.