Dear Android game developers: always use the Play Store for those massive extra downloads. Rockstar has got the message. They've returned the open-world classic Grand Theft Auto: Vice City to the Play Store after a few initial hiccups, and now there's no pokey downloads from outside sources. They've also fixed various bugs found in the original release, so fell free to shell out five bucks for a trip back to the 80s.
Sony Digital Network Applications (Sony DNA) today announced Motiongraph – an app that aims to make the creation of cinemagraphs fast and easy for Android users. A cinemagraph, for those who don't know, is a still image with one or two minor elements animated (you can see some great examples here). They're a fascinating medium that can only be achieved digitally, and which have an eerie yet fascinating aesthetic.
Sony's app looks to give users more consistent and controlled results with a simple "rubbing" interface in which areas to be animated are identified by simply highlighting them with your finger.
If you think the term "motion comic" means some barely-animated, poorly-produced DVD tie-in made for a quick buck... well, you're mostly right. But developer Leviathan Games is hoping to buck that trend with their new series of apps, Bane of Yoto. The story is based on the trade paperback of the same name, which has become something of a favorite in horror circles as of late. You can try the first part of the story for free, and the second episode landed yesterday for $3.
Google has released version 2.0 of the Currents app for Android, and a whole pile of new features are in store. Before we get much further, here's the changelog:
What's new in 2.0?
* Edition sidebar - quickly access your editions within categories such as business, sports, etc.
* Fast scan - Vertical swipe to scan an edition, horizontal swipe advances to next edition
* Edition-section chooser - Choose “Customize” to filter out sections
* Unread marks - Read stories are marked.
I have a confession to make: I love weather apps. It's not so much that I always want to know what the weather is (even though I do), it's that I just loving seeing all that information on one screen. Current temp, high, low, time, hourly and daily forecast - it's enlightening. Like so many other people, though, I don't just want to see this info in a dry manner. Weather in text form is boring - I want it to be pretty!
I'm not usually in favor of leveraging the name of a long-dead and respected scientist to sell an app, but for Namco I can make an exception. Isaac Newton’s Gravity 2 is the newest physics-based puzzle game on Android, and you can try it out for free.
This game comes with 10 levels in the free download. If you want to play the rest of the game, you gotta pay up.
Adventure games have had something of a renaissance on mobile platforms, and if any series deserves to be in that small and nerdy company, it's Broken Sword. The first game, Shadow of the Templars, was a definite hit when it was released to the Play Store earlier this year, gaining more than a hundred thousand downloads and a score of 4.8. The sequel (originally released in 1997) is now available for a paltry four dollars.
If you haven't heard of David Maisel, allow me to fill you in: he's been an executive producer (read: important decision-making guy with broad yet vague duties in getting a movie together) for virtually every one of the Marvel Phase One movies including both Iron Man flicks, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, and Captain America. I tell you this so you'll have at least a little bit of hope to cling to when I tell you that he's been signed on to produce the Angry Birds movie, alongside Despicable Me producer John Cohen.
It's always exciting to see a new app hit the Play Store intended for tablets, but it's even better to see an existing app's UI updated to accommodate larger devices. Looking to bring Android tablet users a more aesthetically pleasing experience when reading the news, the New York Times Company today updated its app to version 3.0 with an interface that is no longer just a blown up version of its phone-centric counterpart.