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.
Way back in October, Artem and I got into a debate about the quality of Android's gaming scene. I was of the opinion that there were good gaming titles - not an abundance, but enough quality titles to keep me happy. Artem, on the other hand, was of the opinion that there were virtually no good games on Android. So we put it to you, our readers. The result: gaming on Android was good, not great.
Bringing an incredible art style and steampunk-inspired puzzling fun to Android today, Hothead Games released Machinarium to Google's Play Store.
Machinarium puts players in a "world of robots," requiring quick wit to solve puzzles, work through challenges, and complete various mini-games to help the protagonist Josef save his robotic girlfriend in the city.
If you're wondering why the game looks visually amazing, it's because the graphics are completely hand-drawn. The artistic style of Machinarium is undoubtedly impressive, and adds a ton to the overall experience.
Noodlecake Studios, the makers of Super Stickman Golf, have brought an interstellar racing experience to Android, recently releasing Lunar Racer to Google's Play Store.
Lunar Racer, which Noodlecake dubs "the next casual racing sensation," transports players to a variety of lunar locations (including 16 unique tracks) where they can utilize missiles, mines, shields, thrusters, and nitro boosters to explode past the competition. It's worth noting that powerups are purchased with Moonbux, which are (abundantly) collectable during normal gameplay, or available for in-app purchase.
Racing games are nothing new on Android, but Mini Motor Racing has a fun look and feel you just don't see very often. In this game you're racing nitro-infused remote-controlled cars, and what could be cooler than that? Name one thing you would have wanted more as a kid. You can't, can you?
Mini Motor Racing has the kind of features you'd expect out of a racing game, like plenty of cars, spec upgrades, and multiple control schemes.
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.
Do you like playing games? Do you like solving puzzles? Do you like to set things on fire while you play games that make you solve puzzles? If you answered yes to the last question, men in white coats will by shortly to escort you to a facility where you will be weaned off this destructive behavior. Firstly, by substituting actual arson with Burn It All. This game gives you mazes of rope puzzles to solve by leading the flame from that Animaniacs skit around obstacles to burn sweet, flammable rope.
Sometimes, we don't want complex games. Sometimes, adding new rules or features to existing genres is a bit overwhelming. Pix'n Love Rush is, in contrast to many games that come out these days, very simple. You're in a side-scrolling platformer world and your goal is to run around collecting things sans dying. Simple enough, right? The game has a colorful retro aesthetic and easy gameplay.
The game has 4 play modes that offer different challenges, but the general idea remains the same.
For whatever reason, 3D technology is on the rise. Some TV's, smartphones, and even portable game systems are now shipping with some sort of 3D technology baked-in. For those who want a taste of what 3D is all about without having to shell out more cash on a new device, though, comes an interesting new game: Crash Course 3D.
CC3D is a modern take on the arcade-style shooters of yesteryear, with a couple of interesting twists.