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.
Everyone is trying to get someplace in Does not Commute from Mediocre, the developer of titles like Smash Hit and Sprinkle. It's a "strategic driving" sim where you must maneuver everyone through the city with a minimum of accidents/fatalities. If a game about commuting sounds stuffy, rest assured Does not Commute is quite amusing.
We've covered both of the previous entries in the Sorcery series, from 80 Days developer Inkle Ltd., when they landed on Android. At the core they're game-books, a genre that mixes old-school dice-based tabletop RPGs and structured "Choose Your Own Adventure" narratives, like those so prominently featured in the library of Tin Man Games. But the Sorcery series takes this idea further with a dynamic story engine, interesting animations, skeuomorphic interface design, and hand-drawn everything.
You don't need to have played Sorcery or Sorcery 2 to get into the story of Sorcery 3 (but it couldn't hurt). This time 'round the Tolkien-style fantasy world includes time portals: your character will be able to move between the present and the past with your choices affecting each, Chrono Trigger-style.
I've seen many Android games that offer gorgeous screenshots in the Play Store that hardly reflect the visuals I encounter after downloading the title to my Nexus 7. That's not the case with EA Sports' newly-released UFC game. The press images were spot on. The fighters in this game are impressive, and fans are in for a visual treat.
Controls are more of a mixed bag. EA Sports UFC uses a combination of taps and swipes to perform basic strikes and dodges. Special moves appear at the bottom of the screen that you can perform with quick taps rather than traditional console or arcade style combos.