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 game that suggest you might be a redneck if you like shooting aliens, a new entry in the sports manager genre, a shifted take on the jumping platformer, and a game about keeping balls in the air.
Superman and video games have a somewhat tenuous relationship. After Superman 64 became one of the biggest stinkers in console gaming history (so... many... rings...) it put a black mark on the last son of Krypton, and the subsequent games have never managed to escape its infamous shadow. The licensed game for the upcoming reboot Man Of Steel is trying to set a new standard for Superman games... and doesn't stand a Kryptonian's chance in Apokolips of actually achieving it.
Following up on our roundup of May's absolute best games, we're back with the month's greatest apps. As with (almost) every month, May offered plenty in the way of great new apps to try out. If you feel like the supercomputer in your pocket just isn't doing enough, any of these apps are great starting points for added functionality, productivity, or just entertainment.
As with our last roundup, we'll also include a list of honorable mentions – those are the apps that didn't quite make the short list but that you should still take a look at if you find your selection wanting.
Welcome, frugal readers, to another edition of Saving Money with Android Police, a sometimes daily series where we deliver the latest and best deals to hit the Play Store. Today's episode brings a few big names to the table, along with some incredibly utilitarian applications and a couple of good games for killing time. Without further ado, here's the skinny.
- Final Fantasy III Kindle Edition – $7.99 (normally $15.99)
- Cerberus – Free for today only, details here (normally $2.99)
- JuiceSSH – Free until Monday, details here (normally $4.99)
- Serious Sam Kamikaze Attack – Humble Bundle, details here (normally $0.99)
- ABBYY TextGrabber + Translator – $2.99 (normally $5.99)
There, now you can buy yourself a plaque with all that money you saved.
Cinemax subscribers rocking the newest devices can finally enjoy their content on the go again. After a few months of complaints, HBO (which owns Cinemax) has pushed out an update that allows users of the HTC One and Galaxy S4 to stream content on those big, beautiful 1080p screens.
You'll need a pre-existing Cinemax subscription to stream through the MAX GO app, but you can download it and poke around all the shows and movies for free.
Blowing stuff up is a classic gaming trope, but few series have done it as well, or as consistently as Serious Sam. What started as a mindless, frantic killing-spree has evolved into a more attractive, high-resolution killing-spree. There's no covers system and no regenerating shields – this is serious business. In the newest deal from Humble Bundle, you can get up to seven Serious Sam titles plus the original public test edition for one low price of your choosing.
Facebook and Facebook Home for Android received a significant update today (though the update is, you guessed it, on a staged rollout), adding a few significant features. The Facebook app now allows insertion of multiple photos into chat messages (previously it allowed only one per message), and on-the-fly tuning of your post sharing settings - something many people are likely to enjoy.
Facebook home has a brand-new 'favorites tray' area in the launcher, allowing you keep a few select apps handy on your homescreen by dragging them into the tray area.
As always, we've been busy combing through all the Play Store's latest entries during the past month. Besides publishing our larger, semi-weekly roundups, we try to separate out the very best. In the interest of saving readers time and – more importantly – money in trying out all the games we discuss each month, we assemble a shortlist of the games you can't miss. If you're looking to spice up your games library, any of these picks would be a great choice.
BlackBerry announced last month that its beloved BlackBerry Messenger service would be coming to Android. Although, the company didn't offer a date when BBM would be available. Don't tell T-Mobile UK any of your secrets, because it just let it slip on Twitter that the big day is June 27th.