Taneli Armanto is a name that probably not many of you are familiar with. However, his most notable accomplishment is something that has wasted dozens of hours of my life and probably the lives of most of the people who read this blog. Taneli Armanto is the man responsible for putting Snake, one of the most widely played and recognized games of all time, on a mobile device.
Back in the days when Nokia ruled the wireless world, some 400 million Nokia devices were sold with Snake on board.
Some games from the late 90s have not aged well, and that's completely irrespective of the dated visuals of the era. Sensibilities are different now, and we expect different things from a top tier game. Grim Fandango, on the other hand, is still widely regarded as a masterpiece. Now you can play the remastered version on Android courtesy of Double Fine Productions.
What if you could simply draw a shape in the air and your enemies would be incinerated by fireballs? That'd be quite a trick, but it isn't happening in real life. It totally happens in Spellcrafter, though. This strategic RPG has just launched on Android, and it's completely free of in-app purchases. Just buy it once, and it's yours forever.
There's a new Humble Mobile Bundle today, and that means it's time to get some cheap games and support charity at the same time. The selection right out of the gate is good, but there are more games on the way as usual. You can probably get the bundle a little cheaper if you jump on it now.
Tower defense games have existed on Android since the very beginning. Remember Robo Defense? Yeah, me too. The genre has evolved over the years, and Kingdom Rush is one of the finest examples of it. Developer Ironhide Games has apparently decided to do Android gamers a solid and has made the original Kingdom Rush free. It was previously only a buck, but still. Yay, free stuff!
There are a lot of solid dungeon crawlers available in the Play Store - my personal favorite is probably Mage Gauntlet. But whether it's because of the general trend towards the retro visual style or simply because it's easier to implement on mobile, most of them use a top-down 2D pixelated visual style. Not so for TinyKeep. The premiere Android game from developer Digital Tribe bucks those trends for a high-end take on the genre.
Point-and-click adventure games are experiencing a renaissance at the moment, spurred on in no small part by the ride of touch-based mobile platforms that make a natural fit with the games' simple interfaces.
Over the last couple of years, both Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin have attracted worldwide criticism for the actions of their respective administrations - Obama for unwavering support of sweeping and unconstitutional surveillance of US citizens and allies, and Putin for "secretly" invading a neighboring country and killing a whole bunch of people.