While we eagerly await the arrival of Google Games (and the potential revenue that could bring), Android still remains a great home for classic games from days gone by. To wit, Boulder Dash, an 8-bit puzzler originally released for the Atari in 1984, has landed on Android. This rounds out at least an even dozen platforms the title has been ported to.
The new version brings updated graphics and touch screen controls.
If you're a fan of high quality mobile games, there's a good chance you've at least tried your hand at Gameloft's Modern Combat series. The latest installment – Zero Hour – builds upon its predecessors to offer some of the most in-depth, graphically rich, immersive gameplay that we've ever seen on a mobile device. It seems like only yesterday graphics like these were considered amazing on consoles – and now they're readily available on phones and tablets.
When it comes to gaming on Android, there's nothing quite like adding a game controller to give the experience a more classic feel. There are several options floating around out there to make that happen, like Nyko's PlayPad/PlayPad Pro or the MOGA Pocket. If none of those float your boat, however, MOGA's newest controller – the MOGA Pro – just hit virtual shelves today.
Unlike it's highly-portable sibling, the MOGA Pro is more of a "full" game controller, with improved grips, dual shoulder buttons, a standard D-Pad, and raised, clickable joysticks.
In the mood to kill some vampires? Or robots? Or comically-large old ladies in bath robes? Fangz has you covered. This sidescrolling shoot-em-up has some Zombieville USA vibes going on, but even a quick look makes it apparent that this game is much, much more ambitious. The amount of weapons, types of enemies, and levels make this seem like an easy 'buy' at $0.99, and watching the trailer, this looks like a shotgun-full of fun.
The original They Need To Be Fed was a minor hit when it was released on the Play Store over two years ago, amassing over 100,000 downloads. The premise was relatively simple. You run and jump through this cel-shaded platformer, but you can't actually fall off, because gravity is pulling you toward each platform in 360 degrees, like little stellar bodies.
If you were a fan of SimAnt way back when, Anthill by Thumbstar Games may be up your alley. While it doesn't appear to carry the slow, deliberate pace of Will Wright's masterpiece, it does revolve around the same basic premise: amass an empire of everyone's favorite six-legged pest, and destroy the competing ant colony.
Anthill does appear to focus a bit more on the whole "destruction" aspect, though, and much less on the simulation part.
ZeptoLab has released the latest episode in its highly popular Cut The Rope franchise this morning, with Cut The Rope: Time Travel. No, metaphysics are not involved, sadly. The new game doesn't bring too much in the way of overhauled mechanics (though ZeptoLab promises a few new elements), but is more of a content pack. The one major change to gameplay is that levels now feature two creatures to feed, which in turn increases the complexity of the game.
Paradox Interactive, a well-known game publisher and developer, today posted up a promo video for the upcoming ship battling game Leviathan: Warships. If you watch only one video today, let it be this one. Kittens and puppies can wait till tomorrow. I haven't had this much fun watching trailers ever since the unfortunate fireworks accident at the nearby trailer park.
Paradox Interactive's previous Android project, Magicka, is sitting at 4.8/5.0 after over 100 reviews, so needless to say, I'm pretty excited about their next game.
After an iOS update a couple weeks back, Real Racing 3 for Android received its first big content pack update on Android yesterday, adding two new vehicles, over 100 new events, a new event type ('Hunter' mode), and cross-platform cloud saving.
This update is causing major issues for some people (myself included), and on multiple devices. If this happens to you, uninstall the game and then re-install. As long as your profile in the game is signed into Facebook, your progress should still be saved.