There are a lot of solid dungeon crawlers available in the Play Store - my personal favorite is probably Mage Gauntlet. But whether it's because of the general trend towards the retro visual style or simply because it's easier to implement on mobile, most of them use a top-down 2D pixelated visual style. Not so for TinyKeep. The premiere Android game from developer Digital Tribe bucks those trends for a high-end take on the genre.
Normally an Android re-release of a decades-old RPG means we're talking about another Squaresoft or Enix port, but this one is digging deep into the annals of Japanese role-playing game history. The Ys series (pronounced... okay, I honestly have no idea how it's pronounced) is a collection of action-RPGs that stretches across four decades and dozens of platforms all the way back to 1987. Ys Chronicles 1, an updated port of the game that began the franchise, is now available on Android from DotEmu.
A memo from OUYA CEO Julie Uhrman leaked to Fortune says the company has run out of cash and is now frantically seeking a buyer. The memo sent to investors and advisers earlier this month asks for potential buyers to express interest before the end of April, which is a tight timetable insisted upon by OUYA's creditors. This may be the end of the line for one of Kickstarter's early success stories.
Point-and-click adventure games are experiencing a renaissance at the moment, spurred on in no small part by the ride of touch-based mobile platforms that make a natural fit with the games' simple interfaces. Surely no single adventure game has created more buzz in the last few years than Broken Age, the crowdfunded return to form for Tim Schafer and his team at Double Fine Productions. Today Act 1 of Broken Age is available on the Play Store for ten bucks.
If you're not familiar with Disney Infinity, it's basically the media giant's answer to digital toys like Skylanders, Angry Birds Telepods, and Nintendo Amiibo. The gist is that you buy your kids RFID-enabled collectible statues, they stick 'em on a base station, and then they can use digital versions of those characters inside the Disney Infinity game. Is there a technical reason that a completely digital character needs a $15 hunk of physical plastic to unlock? Why certainly, so long as "technical reason" includes "making Disney a boatload of money."
The Infinity games are available on all major consoles and the PC.
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Over the last couple of years, both Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin have attracted worldwide criticism for the actions of their respective administrations - Obama for unwavering support of sweeping and unconstitutional surveillance of US citizens and allies, and Putin for "secretly" invading a neighboring country and killing a whole bunch of people. But you can say at least one thing in favor of them both: they haven't tapped into dimensions of eldritch power to raise a monstrous army of undead Soviet soldiers.
Not yet, anyway. I honestly wouldn't put it past Putin.
In Wrath of Obama, the latest magnum opus from developer Ankaar (of Fuhrer in LA fame), the leaders of the United States and Russia join forces to oppose Vladimir Lenin.
SNK Playmore has released no shortage of ports into the Play Store, and now it's putting all of them on sale for 99 cents. Well, just the paid ones. Some were already available for free. The company is doing this in honor of the Neo Geo's 25th-ish anniversary, a gaming console SNK released towards the end of 1990, which eventually served as a home to many of these titles.
If you aren't already familiar with SNK Playmore's titles, you have Metal Slugs, a number of fighters, and a shoot 'em up by the name of Blazing Star. The selection has changed a little since the last time we saw SNK Playmore run this sale.
At some point in our near future, I think free-to-play gaming will jump the proverbial shark. I'm not sure if that moment is right now, but it could well be close. Or rather, I hope it's close, because Deer Hunter Slots is now a real, actual thing that real, actual people will play on their Smartphones And Tablets - Available On The App Store And Google Play Today!
And it features, wait for it, a $199.99 in-app purchase. I knew, at that point, I had to go deeper. I downloaded Deer Hunter Slots.
After a short while, the game was installed, and I opened the app.
You need to think carefully when spending your hard-earned money on apps and games. Unless you're using Google Opinion Rewards credit, in which case you can just blow it on whatever. Not like you can't tell Google more lies totally true things to earn additional credit. Either way, here are some sales to stretch your money a little further.