If you haven't heard of Machinarium, you probably aren't much of a PC gamer. That's not mean to be some kind of "high and mighty" insult - it's just the truth. Machinarium is a small indie game that was released for PCs and Macs back in September of 2009, developed by Czech studio Amanita Design. It won numerous awards as indie game of the year, as well as accolades for its astounding artwork and soundtrack.
It's been nearly two years since Angy Birds landed on Android and a mere nine months earlier the most popular game in mobile launched on iOS. Rovio has certainly done well for itself, what with hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue from game and merchandise sales. Angry Birds can't last forever, though. So, what's next from the agents of avian assault? Amazing Alex, a game that promises to be more educational than its predecessor.
You might want to clear your schedule for a few weeks in May because that's when the game Rigonauts will be appearing in the Play Store. An early version of Rigonauts from Engient took second prize in Activision's Independent Games Competition last year, and now an updated version with improved graphics and gameplay is on the way to Android, iOS, and PC. This is a physics-based fighting game with a healthy dose of strategy, and that's not something that comes along everyday.
After wrecking Earth on the PC last year and teasing us back in February, Demolition Inc. has arrived on Android by way of Nvidia's Tegra Zone. That means you're going to need a Tegra 2 or 3 device to enjoy the detailed graphics and realistic physics in this action/strategy title, at least for now.
The game is essentially a well-implemented physics simulator that has you taking a city apart piece by piece so its raw materials can be harvested.
Mobile gaming is really great. It's just that it can be such a solitary experience as you're hunched over your device, the light casting an unattractive pallor on your face. But don't worry; the classic Amiga shooter Battle Squadron ONE from Cope-Com just landed in the Google Play Store, and it aims to make your gaming sessions a more social experience.
In Battle Squadron ONE, two players can take the fight to enemy forces in a top-down scrolling shooter.
Blowfish Studios has just unleashed two versions of Siegecraft into the Android world, one of which is optimized for Tegra devices. Not only does this game look beautiful, it appears to have some pretty dynamic gameplay as well. Immerse yourself into a world torn by war, in which you'll be in charge of protecting the land and castle of the race you choose to play as, eliminating enemies with a wide range of awesome weapons.
Tired of blowing the dust off that old Atari just to have some classic pong fun? Well box that bad boy up and prepare for a spin on the old classic. Popular iOS game Multiponk has just made the jump to Android, and it provides a fun twist to classic pong gameplay. Optimized for both tablet and phone, this game will provide you with intense multiplayer action throughout 7 different game modes.
Yar Matey! Take to the high seas and plunder all in your path! Disney's new social game, Master of the Seas, promises to be "the first mobile game to combine deep story and brilliant graphics with compelling social gameplay."
In this 'Pirates of the Caribbean' themed game, you'll be able to become the ruthless pirate you've always dreamed of being, build a loyal crew, and battle other players for notoriety and treasures.
I've always wondered what it feels like to fly down a slope going mach-10 on a pair of skis, and I'd be tempted to try it if the threat of death wasn't so impending. Thankfully, we mentioned Ski Challenge 12 in our latest new-game roundup and I can finally experience the exhilarating rush of downhill skiing from the comfort of my home.
First Things First
Ski Challenge 12 is a unique racing game in which you play as a professional Alpine skier.
Ready your Android devices and clear your schedules, because Rockstar Games just announced the release date of GTA III: 10-year anniversary edition for select Android phones and tablets. According to the announcement, the game will only cost you $4.99, which is surprisingly cheap for a release of this caliber. Here's the list of devices to be supported at launch:
Android Phones: HTC Rezound, LG Optimus 2x, Motorola Atrix 4G, Motorola Droid X2, Motorola Photon 4G, Samsung Galaxy R, T-Mobile G2x
Android Tablets: Acer Iconia, Asus Eee Pad Transformer, Dell Streak 7, LG Optimus Pad, Motorola Xoom, Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 and 10.1, Sony Tablet S, Toshiba Thrive
Now for some eye-candy.