Welcome to the first 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. Without further ado:
The DRM: Death Ray Manta
The chuckle-inducing title of this game has nothing to do with digital rights management. In DRM, you're tasked with shooting things until they blow up (the American way!) in a dual-stick, top-down arena shooter that borrows some liberal style cues from the Geometry Wars series.
Horror and adventure are a surprisingly potent combination for gaming - just ask anyone who's played TellTale's series based on the Walking Dead series. The niche is a little barren on Android, but has gotten a little less so with the release of Killer Escape. In this game you're a luckless protagonist captured by a serial killer, and you've got to use your wits to escape via a series of puzzles and exploring your dank surroundings.
Killer Escape is notable in a lot of ways: it's the first entry in the point-and-click horror genre that we've seen on Android, it's a beautiful full 3D game (though the pacing is slow enough that you shouldn't need screaming hardware to enjoy it) and it's free.
If you think the term "motion comic" means some barely-animated, poorly-produced DVD tie-in made for a quick buck... well, you're mostly right. But developer Leviathan Games is hoping to buck that trend with their new series of apps, Bane of Yoto. The story is based on the trade paperback of the same name, which has become something of a favorite in horror circles as of late. You can try the first part of the story for free, and the second episode landed yesterday for $3. Unfortunately, both are restricted to Tegra devices for the moment.
I want to put one thing on the table right away: I'm a huge fan of horror-actions games, so I have been insanely excited for the release of The Dark Meadow: The Pact for at least three months now. I've watched the trailer at least a few dozen times, read about the game for iOS (yes, this is a port), and done checked out any info I could find that wouldn't give away all the secrets of the game.
But, the more anticipation involved, the greater the chance for letdown, no? Fortunately, that's not the case with The Dark Meadow - this game is awesome.
If, like me, you're a fan of the action-horror genre of gaming, then you'll be pleased to know that Dead Space just landed in the Android Market, leaving its EA Store exclusivity behind.
This gripping sci-fi thriller not only brings intense gameplay to your mobile, but a rich storyline and cinematic horror that is sure to chill you down to the very bone. Stunning visuals, along with a movie-quality score make this game a must have for anyone looking for more than simple puzzle games on-the-go.
It's not all about looks, though - this game also features intuitive controls that integrate directly into the game.
A new game listing hit the Tegra Zone earlier today, introducing The Dark Meadow – a sophisticated entry into the first person action/adventure genre, built on Unreal Engine 3 and optimized for your Tegra device.
Update 12/14/11: Official Android teaser:
Here's a trailer from the iOS version:
With The Dark Meadow, Phosphor Games Studio submerges players in a "dark fairytale world filled with fantastical creatures bent on destroying them." Certainly, dark is a bit of an understatement – the environments and characters look downright disturbing. Just take a look at some of the beauties below:
Unfortunately, The Dark Meadow won't be available till Q1 2012.