Remember the first time you played Star Fox on your Super Nintendo? Remember how your mind was blown by 3D graphics and intuitive gameplay, so much so that you ignored the fact that woodland creatures were engaged in mortal space combat? I wish that I could say that ARC Squadron will rekindle that feeling. It won't. Nintendo made five more Star Fox games. This is the age of Facebook and in-app purchases.
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 got a flashy take on a classic board game, a certain puzzle game turned on its head, and an endless runner that's truly free.
The original Anomaly Warzone and follow-up Anomaly Korea were undeniably two of the best titles to come out on Android in the last few years. These games take the tower defense genre and turn it on its head by putting you in the control of the creeps. Under constant attack by defense towers, you have to repair, upgrade, and manage your units to reach the goal. It's much the same idea in the upcoming Anomaly 2, but you've got new units and some new gameplay mechanics to figure out.
It can be a pain to type on a virtual keyboard in a language that doesn't use Latin characters, but for the many speakers of Cantonese, Google is here to help. A new Cantonese input app has appeared in Google play to make typing in Cantonese a breeze. Well, maybe not a breeze, but that rhymes better than 'faster and more accurate.'
The app supports multiple keyboards including Pinyin, Cangjie, handwriting, and voice input.
Google released a brand-new Places manager app on the Play Store today, allowing owners of Google Places pages to control and update their Places listings from any Android device quickly and easily. You can adjust things like hours, contact information, add photos, and even post updates that will show up on your business listing's Google+ page.
You can manage as many businesses as are linked to your Google account, though some businesses may not yet be compatible with the new manager, as the app's description notes.
The Google Offers app received its first significant refresh since June today with a modernized UI. Yep, you guessed it: sidebar nav and cards. At least Google really is sticking to that hamburger navigation / card layout paradigm, and Offers has finally been checked off the design to-do list.
The new version also brings supports for offline redemption of your offers, which is nice, but otherwise this update appears to be entirely visual in nature.
Star Command is one of my most-anticipated games for Android. Or at least it was, two years ago when it was scheduled to be released, and then again when it was released for iOS five months ago. An unreasonably long development cycle and some dodgy developer antics have made waiting for this game an exercise in frustration, and it's impossible to give it a full review without at least some bitterness hanging on in the back of my mind.
According to Google, less than one hundredth of a percent of apps out there are both malicious and capable of evading the built-in defenses in both Android and the Google Play Store. But if you really feel like you need a defense from that one-in-100,000 app, a trusted name in software protection has just entered the fray. Malwarebytes, makers of the popular eponymous Windows software, is now offering its services on Android.
You know that feeling you get every once in a while, when you suddenly have this undeniable urge to punch a bear in the face? Tim does, and when his family is kidnapped by a secret conspiracy of ursine overlords, he's got the perfect excuse to indulge. The pixelated, flannel-wearing hero of Fist of Awesome is out to punch everything that moves and kick everything that doesn't.
Fist of Awesome started out as a Kickstarter project to fund an old-school, Streets of Rage-style beat-em-up, and is now somewhat belatedly available on Android.