At this point, we've all heard of Infinity Blade. It's the gorgeous sword fighting game that hit Apple devices in 2010 and blew people away with its effective use of touch controls. That series remains an iOS exclusive, so we've never seen it enter the Play Store.
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes: Universe in Peril, a game that found its way to consoles in 2013 and other mobile platforms in 2014, has now fought its way into the Play Store. This port has managed to come in before LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga, an older title that briefly appeared on the Amazon Appstore and never found its way onto Google Play.
Unlike that relatively faithful port, Universe in Peril is not a copy of the version that originally graced consoles.
LEGO stirs up different images these days. It used to be a term synonymous with building blocks. Now it's just as likely to strike up memories of humorous movie adaptations and quirky kids' shows featuring talking animal warriors. The latest LEGO game for Android concerns the latter.
LEGO Legends of Chima: Tribe Fighters is a top-down shooter the likes of which we've been playing for decades. Your character runs upwards, firing shots at regular intervals.
Puzzle games are a natural fit on mobile devices thanks to their simple pick-up-and-play mechanics and basic controls that actually work better on touchscreens than traditional game controllers. Android gamers looking for their next high-quality fix may be happy to know that Blockwick 2 has made its way into the Play Store.
The Superbike World Championship is a chance for riders to take modified versions of publicly available motorcycles to the track in countries all over the world. The 2014 season may be over, but that doesn't mean some Android-toting fans haven't been craving a chance to get a virtual taste of the action. After months of waiting, the timely-released iOS game has made its way over to Google Play.
The future, according to Regular Show, contains a sport where people throw balls at each other in a 3-on-3 contest involving cannons and portals. This spectacle goes by the name of Grudgeball, and Cartoon Network's latest Android game lets you experience it for yourself.
Fans of the network's mobile games won't be disappointed to find that Grudgeball: Enter the Chaosphere is another highly-animated game centered around familiar characters and simple play mechanics.
Merchants of Kaidan is a game of buying and selling. If there's action—say you lose a finger in a bet, or a winged beast is pursuing your ship—it's only part of the inherent risk in bringing goods to market. People out there have money to spend, and you can't be timid if you want your share of it.
That's the sense of purpose that guides players through Merchants of Kaidan, a trading game with RPG elements that may get some players thinking back to Sid Meier's Pirates!, only with merchants and less combat (along with noticeably fewer eye patches).
Today's gaming machines allow for experiences that we could only dream of decades ago, but nevertheless, the early years of gaming were a time ripe with innovation. While gaming at home was no longer a new concept by the time the 80's came around, the decade was still a time of creativity as developers experimented with genres and art styles that wouldn't hit their heydays until years later. Others were just weird by design, such as Deus Ex Machina, an interactive movie released in 1984 that has now found its way over to Android.