It's very hard for a game developer to strike the right balance between rewardingly difficult and so frustrating as to be unplayable. Pivvot walks a fine line, but manages to be mind-bendingly difficult and still somehow incredibly fun. All you have to do is guide an orb along the track and avoid obstacles by pivoting clockwise and counter-clockwise. Yeah, that doesn't sound challenging, but it really is.
The orb hangs out at the end of a fixed tether, which you can swing in either direction.
The once and future king of mini-consoles has made a bit of a splash in the news the last few weeks, but for those of you who actually own and use an OUYA, there's good news in the form of a software update. The company posted a full changelog to the official blog yesterday, and the third major update should be making its way to your console now if you don't have it already.
Welcome to the latest 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. Today we've an interesting take on both marble games and endless runners, a less interesting endless runner with football team logos on it, an old-school beat-em-up with multiplayer co-op, and a Bejeweled clone starring cavemen.
It's football season in America, and that means just one thing: a lot of very rich people are going to spend the next five months getting slightly richer. Oh, and a lot of people are going to have fun watching sports. Or playing them, as the case may be: Madden NFL 25 just landed in the Play Store. That's 25 as in the 25th anniversary of the first Madden video game - this year's release would otherwise be called Madden 2013 or similar.
Madden 25 mixes things up with a new control system, offering either the classic console-style joystick controls or new swipe controls.
Caesar's dead, and now Gameloft's calling on gamers to form alliances and go to war over who should rule in his place. Sure, Caesar's death could cause some of us to question whether someone other than a general should have a shot at governance, but now's not the time for such hesitation. This is the time for Total Conquest.
Total Conquest is a top-down strategy game that centers around building a province and defending it from attack with towers, traps, walls, and soldiers.
Game developers have launched players into the abyss of space since they first learned how to manipulate pixels, but very few titles offer us the chance to simulate life as a modern day astronaut. Sure, GRAVITY: DON'T LET GO is purely intended to draw interest in the upcoming film Gravity starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, but it still offers one of the relatively few chances to float around present day spacecraft that gamers have.
I've never understood why shotguns are the go-to weapon for fending off zombie hordes. Sure, in a close encounter, it's a guaranteed way to put a bloodthirsty undead drone on its backside, but it's not going to liberate an entire city in the event of an outbreak. Such large-scale crowd control needs more than pseudo-vigilante justice. That's why, unless every air force base in the world were to succumb to a zombie outbreak at the same time, I would expect to see an AC-130 bringing the rain from the skies.
When you think of Disney's late-80s cartoon DuckTales, you think of thrilling, white-knuckle class shooters in the vein of Team Fortress 2. Wait, no, that's not right: you think of the theme song that's been running through your head on and off for the last 25 years. Then you think about semi-wholesome kid's entertainment about ducks swimming in huge piles of gold. In fact, a class-based, over-the-shoulder shooter game is probably the last thing you'd think of in relation to DuckTales.
How awesome would it be if Mario Kart were released for Android? Pretty awesome, right? Well if wishes were horses we'd all be eating steak, so here's Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing.
That may not be entirely fair. The last two entries in Sega's kart racing franchise have been well-received on consoles, even putting aside the question of why the world's fastest hedgehog needs any kind of vehicle at all when he's racing.
Gamers were uneasy as soon as Ouya announced its Free the Games Fund a few months back. The goal was to encourage the development of Ouya-exclusive games by matching Kickstarter funds over $50,000, and also offering some extra incentives. After some high-profile scandals that brought to light at least one instance of admitted malfeasance, Ouya boss Julie Uhrman has announced some changes.
First and foremost, the cut off for matching funds has been lowered to $10,000.