Whenever we find a game that's not a simple physics or tower defense game, it's a delight. Mystery Manor is a puzzle/adventure game that promises its game modes are "never ending." Which is quite a feat for a puzzle game. Outside of promises of infinity, the game looks positively fantastic. The artwork that has gone into this game is superb, and the style reminds us of old late 90s PC adventure games.
Update: I've refined a few of my points in this article to focus less on the whole "how much it costs to make a video game" angle, because I'm not exactly an expert on project funding. I think the point I'm trying to illustrate about Kickstarter as a whole is now clearer, and articulated in a more generally-applicable manner.
Note: This piece is of tangential relation to Android (and it grew more tangential as I wrote it), but the game in question is a joint Kickstarter venture promising an Android game, M.U.L.E.
Come one, come all [Google I/O attendees] - the official I/O app is now available in the Play Store. It includes maps, event schedules, the conference agenda, and detailed information about all sorts of devvy stuff. Oh, and this year you can play back various "I/O Live" talks and events straight to your 3.0+ tablet. Awesome. In addition, Google will be open sourcing the whole app once I/O has ended.
If you've been waiting on the opportune moment to grab some new games for your mobile, now may be the time to jump on that: EA just dropped the prices of both Mass Effect: Infiltrator and NBA Jam down to $0.99. Previously, those games would've set you back $7 and $5, respectively; that's a pretty decent savings!
We're not really sure what the reason is, or why these two games were singled out, but we're also not going to question a good thing.
When the terms architectural, engineering, and construction are mentioned regarding design software, one name comes to mind: AutoDesk. They company has made available some pretty amazing software for Android, like AutoCAD, SketchBook, Inventor Publisher, and Design Review. Now, it has released its popular three-dimensional engineering software ForceEffect to the Play Store.
ForceEffect offers some very nice features:
- Freehand sketching of elements and construction lines with snaps, constraints, and inferencing
- Object dimensioning, global scaling, units, constraints
- Import image as background
- Create joints (welded, pinned)
- Break element at joints
- Create supports (fixed, grounded, sliding)
- Create loads (known, unknown, distributed) and moments
- Add weight to individual elements
- Compute reaction forces and moments for equilibrium and over-constrained systems
- Toggle forces to show force vector components
- Results reporting with picture, results, all equations
- Save and load files from Autodesk 360
- In app tutorials
Best of all, it's completely free, so even if it looks like something you'd just like to play with, you're not spending a penny to give it a shot.
The principal behind Indie Gala is simple, users can choose how much they want to pay for the game bundle and then decide which charity to donate their money to. The games on offer include:
- Great Little War Game: bringing an unique fusion of cutesy visual style and robust turn-based strategy;
- Cardinal Quest: an arcade-style dungeon crawler;
- Legends of Yore: another old-school dungeon crawler; and
- Smiles HD: a solitaire-like arcade matching game.
Tasker is a versatile app to say the least. In allowing users to create and schedule sophisticated automated tasks, it has made a name for itself as one of the most useful apps available for Android. The developer behind Tasker, Crafty Apps, is now expanding on that functionality, working on Tasker App Factory, an extension of the original app which allows users to export certain actions as individual apps.
The app (which will only work for Tasker beta users) has the capability to create standalone apps which have no reliance on the main Tasker app to run.
Bringing all the functionality of the renowned Windows-based .zip handler to your Android phone and tablet, WinZip Computing has released an official app to Google's Play Store.
WinZip for Android, in keeping with its PC counterpart, handily opens zipped files, also offering support for encrypted files (including AES128 and AES256), promising secure viewing and transmission of sensitive data from your mobile device.
The app also features sophisticated third-party app integration to open .doc(x), .xls, .ppt, and .pdf files, while offering built-in support for image files, text files (from .txt to .csv, .bat, .js, .xml, .css and many more), web files, and .apk files.
Following up on the success of the self-billed "blockbuster casual platform action RPG" Illusia, GAMEVIL recently released Illusia 2 to the Play Store, promising a "thrilling storyline full of twists and turns," and "endless customizable options."
For those unfamiliar with the original game, Illusia is a side-scrolling RPG with heavy fantasy influence and a focus on quests, equipment upgrades, and overall immersive gameplay. Illusia 2, in keeping with the original, offers a rich, colorful art style, core RPG elements, and a compelling storyline.
Sometimes you have to face the facts: quality clothes are expensive. Sure, you can go buy the cheap crap, but if you want gear that screams "look at me, I'm classy," then that just won't cut it. However, if you want to score some high-end stuff without paying high-end prices, then Amazon's MYHABIT is the place to go. In fact, it's so awesome, it demands to be screamed out from the highest rooftops and written in all caps.