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 typographical platformer, Tin Man's latest game-book, an over-the-top racer, a relaxing puzzle game, and a licensed Dreamworks title.
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Hero Academy is a charming and addictive turn-based strategy game made by people who know a thing or two about strategy games. It may not look like it, but some of the folks behind Hero Academy have worked on the likes of Age of Empires and Halo Wars. This game has brought in such accolades as a 2013 Mobile Game of the Year D.I.C.E award and a near perfect rating on the Apple App Store.
An update for the Outlook Android app landed today that introduces a handful of substantial features, the most notable of which is server-side search. This new functionality allows you to search through all of your email, even messages that aren't on your phone. But Microsoft must have doubts about the app's reliability, because they've included a link to search for more messages at outlook.com if things don't work out.
If you still rather have a copy stored on your phone, the option to download all mail is now in place as well.
Today Twitter has officially introduced the long-awaited tablet version of their Android app, and it should look pretty familiar. This UI was first leaked during the Samsung Unpacked event last month in Germany, but Twitter kept their lips sealed regarding the issue. Now the company is ready to show off their new Android tablet UI to the world, only you will still need a 2014 Galaxy Note 10.1 in order to use it.
What timing. Just over a week ago I transitioned my HTC One over from Sense 5 to CyanogenMod, accepting the fact that I was sacrificing IR functionality in the process (and yes, that was something I used somewhat regularly). Now an update for Smart IR Remote has landed that adds IR functionality back to HTC Ones and Samsung Galaxy devices with custom ROMs installed, even if the ROM lacks IR drivers.
This game asks a simple, yet gory question: how long can a headless chicken survive? The answer is up to you as you guide said headless bird through a crazy world of spinning saw blades and dangling meat hooks. Yeah, PETA will probably be condemning this any moment now.
Tapping on the screen makes the chicken flap its wings and fly upward. The more you tap, the higher it flies. This is how you'll avoid most of the obstacles in the game, but the speed component is essential as well.
Last month YouTube announced that they were going to introduce an offline viewing option to their mobile apps sometime in November. They've since rolled out details about how it's going to work. If you add videos to your device and then disconnect it from the Internet, you will be able to watch the content for up to 48 hours. After those two days have passed, you will have to reconnect in order to watch the videos again, but the 48 hour window will refresh, and the content will remain on your device.
One strength of iOS is that everything works seamlessly together. If you have iTunes installed on your computer, it doesn't take much effort to get music over to your iPhone. With Play Music, Google has taken a different approach for Android users looking at an out of the box experience, and if you don't have the internet connection to rely on the cloud for music listening, it's less than ideal. doubleTwist takes the iTunes approach, and with the reinvented doubleTwist Sync app that's now available for Windows, it looks more promising than ever.
Do you like Minecraft, but feel that its pixelated style isn't retro enough? Then publisher Noodlecake is happy to oblige by turning the open-world, construction-oriented first-person action game into an open-world, construction-oriented platforming game. The Blockheads just landed in the Google Play Store after earning more than a few fans on iOS over the last ten months.
There's really no getting around it: Blockheads is a pretty shameless copy of Minecraft, with adjustments to perspective and gameplay to make it easier on mobile players.