In a lot of ways, NVIDIA's SHIELD (not to be confused with this SHIELD or that SHIELD) is a typical set-top box. And in many ways it isn't: though NVIDIA has built its living room invader on Android like the previous products in the line, the OS underneath is merely a means to an end. And that end is selling you games, in every form and fashion that the company can come up with.
SHIELD will release its Android TV-powered console sometime in May with a suggested retail price of $199. We took a good long look at both the hardware and the games that NVIDIA hopes you'll play on it.
Roguelike games have become a big deal lately, and several notable ones have come to Android including bit Dungeon II and Wayward Souls. The latest title to migrate to Android is Pixel Heroes: Byte & Magic, which gets rave reviews on Steam. It's a little pricey at $6.99, but you should at least watch the video below. It as much a performance piece as it is a game promo.
You might know ZeptoLab as the developer of the Cut the Rope games, but now you can also steal the gold in King of Thieves. This game is basically part action-platformer and part Dungeon Keeper. If that sounds both confusing and interesting, you can try it for free.
We are, at this point, familiar with fake apps in the Play Store—they pop up from time to time, but Google swiftly eliminates them. It seems like for all its efforts in cleaning up the Play Store, Google has a blind spot when it comes to books. There are multiple publisher accounts in Google Play Books that claim to offer cracked APKs for a dollar or two, and people are buying them. Instead of getting a cheap game, all people are getting is disappointment and malware.
Mortal Kombat fans have been looking forward to Mortal Kombat X, the newest next-gen entry to the long-running fighter series, for quite a while. Now, as they've already done with properties like Injustice: Gods Among Us and WWE: Immortals, Warner Bros. is preparing a mobile companion app to go along with the much more complex console game. It will be available sometime in April, probably around the same time that the full game is released.
The mobile version will come from WB's in-house developer NetherRealm, which also developed the mobile versions of Batman: Arkham City Origins, Injustice, and Immortals. That being the case, you can expect a swipe-and-tap combat system and an upgrade/collection mechanic that dips into the deep end of the free-to-play pool.
I'm going to be honest, when Mad Catz announced the $300 controller/stand/keyboard/Bat'leth that is the LYNX 9, I thought the company had gone off the deep end. But their latest Bluetooth combo gadget actually looks sort of cool. Say hello to the The S.U.R.F.R (yeah, the names haven't gotten any better), a Bluetooth controller that crams in a thumb-sized keyboard in a pocket-friendly form factor.
Madfinger Games has a new first-person shooter in the works that's all about shooting zombies, and no, it isn't Dead Trigger 3. This game, due to come out this June, goes by the name of Unkilled.
It may seem weird for a company that already has released not one but two popular zombie-based first-person shooters to kick off another franchise that is also about mindless flesh eaters, but hey, maybe there's some creative way to utilize the undead that has yet to be explored. In Dead Trigger 3Unkilled, players will get a firsthand look at what it's like to survive a zombie apocalypse in the middle of New York City— okay, no, we've done this before.
Ah, Gameloft. There are certain constants in the world—fish always swim in the sea, birds always fly in the sky, and Gameloft always finds new ways to pack in-app purchases into games. The latest title from Gameloft is Age of Sparta, a world-builder set in ancient Greece. There are lots of things to buy.