I'm a big fan of EA's Need For Speed series - according to Steam, I played Hot Pursuit for over 50 hours on my PC. Their latest addition to the cops 'n' racers stable is Most Wanted, hotly anticipated on consoles because it's from the racing pros at Criterion. But for those without an Xbox or PC and an abundance of mobile horsepower, EA offers the Android version, for a reasonable $7.
Yes, we know, Disney bought Lucasfilm. No, there aren't going to be any spoilers about the plot, director, amount of direct involvement from George Lucas, or any other details about the upcoming Episode VII movie, no matter how much you (meaning me) want there to be so you (again, me) can stop worrying. What we do have is birds with force powers, giant flying fuzzballs, and, allegedly, the droids you're looking for.
Man, this guy just can't catch a break, can he? As if there wasn't enough blood shed from our favorite death-defying ginger in the original Falling Fred and Running Fred after that, he's back for a third round in Super Falling Fred. Like the first, your goal is to make it from the top of a rather large shaft to the bottom without getting sliced by lasers, smashed by chomping doors, or impaled by giant spikey rollers.
A review of Exor Studio's Zombie Driver is somewhat redundant, since it's been available on PCs via Steam for almost three years. But as any dedicated mobile gamer knows, translating a console or PC gaming experience to a handheld is rarely as straightforward as developers or publishers think, and the $7 asking price is a respectable chunk of change, even for a proven game. So, does the NVIDIA-published THD version of Zombie Driver live up to its undead-slaying progenitor?
Earlier this week, we posted the slightly unfinished Android 4.2 keyboard with Swype-like gesture typing and pretty blue glow (which we since took down at Google's request). Thanks to the recent Android 4.2 system dump from the Nexus 4, some new goodies are now available for pre-4.2 versions of Android. Namely the release version of the keyboard and the new Clock app that Ron is already in love with.
From the gameplay trailer, League of Heroes might almost look like Baby's First Diablo. In the village of Frognest, you star as a hero of the story, hacking and slashing through a variety of magical bad guys to save your town. The graphics are beautifully stylized in a 2D cartoon aesthetic. The game is free to play and includes over 60 quests.
If you've ever played an adventure game á la Legend of Zelda, you should feel right at home.
Back in mid-October, popular Twitter client Echofon released an alpha version of its Android app. While it was relatively polished for an alpha, it was still lacking in features and, of course, had its fair share of bugs.
The company has now released a the first beta of Echofon, which brings several new features and enhancements:
- Added multi account support
- Added conversation view
- Added prefetching screen
- Added retweet with comment on Tweet detail view
- Added direct replies to DM notifications on Jelly Bean devices
- Improved notification handling
- Improved desktop sync
- Improved picture upload
- Improved profile view
- Full-text notifications
- Autocorrect in composer
- Jump-to-top shortcut
- Navigation adjustments according to Android guidelines
- UI improvements
- Performance improvements
To grab this new version, head right here.
Air Control meets tower defense game - that's the premise of a new game by Lemon Team, published by Amazon. This is the first game Amazon's published for Android (it's also on iOS), and it actually does look like a pretty interesting premise. You get a variety of planes which you route over a map, ala Air Control, and use those routes to destroy incoming enemies on the ground through various maps.
UPDATE: We've updated the links below with an install package that lets you capture and view Photo Spheres right on your handset.
One of the most popular features introduced Monday with Android 4.2 was a revamped camera/gallery app (that we got a peek at early). The camera introduces a new focus/settings UI (popping up with an "options ring" only when you need it), a refreshed gallery interface, and of course – Photo Sphere.