Taneli Armanto is a name that probably not many of you are familiar with. However, his most notable accomplishment is something that has wasted dozens of hours of my life and probably the lives of most of the people who read this blog. Taneli Armanto is the man responsible for putting Snake, one of the most widely played and recognized games of all time, on a mobile device.
Back in the days when Nokia ruled the wireless world, some 400 million Nokia devices were sold with Snake on board.
Besides a dogfood version of Play Games, update Wednesday brought us a new version of Play Books - 3.4.5. The changes in this update aren't major (or even immediately apparent), but they are worth taking a quick look at.
First up, there's a brand new translation interface. Rather than a toolbar and sheet overlay, the new translate interface lives on a card, just like the existing notes and dictionary interfaces. Here's a quick before and after.
Left: Play Books 3.3 Right: Play Books 3.4
Next up, new changes to notes. The ability to take notes in a book was present in 3.3, but users could not do that in a free sample of a book.
Listen people, shit just goat serious. Your life was great, you rampaged through the city, flew a jetpack, shot humans with baseballs, went to outer space,..., basically you've had some goat old fun. But something has gone awry and your billy is now a threatened zombie goat that needs to eat in order to survive. Such is the tragic story follow-up to the original Goat Simulator, GoatZ.
Taking a few too many jabs at DayZ in its title, artwork, and description ("Completely realistic survival mode where you have to eat every damn five minutes to survive because Dean Hall & Garry Newman said so"), GoatZ is a survival horror game where your goat is facing chainsaw-yielding masked men, flipping in the air and kicking attackers, driving a car worse than in an Asphalt 8: Airborne scene, flinging green goo all over its enemies, and crafting items out of thin air.
In the worlds of side-scrolling brawlers, there's no problem you can't solve with your fists. So when the criminal Milkman and his thugs kidnap the Miss Fist Puncher contestants, you know what you must do. That's right, beat up just about everyone that dares to walk the streets of San Cruces. Now you can, in Fist Puncher, the crowdfunded 2D brawler that has found its way into the Play Store.
Why does such a simple, pixelated game cost $10? That's because Fist Puncher's developers have managed to fit a fistful of content deep into the app. There are nearly 20 characters, over 100 items, and over 50 levels.
Snapchat 9.7 is here, and it packs two new features. They don't fundamentally change the app. In fact, if you blink you might miss them.
The first item on the changelog deals with snaps highlighted in Discover. If you recall, this is the part of the app that shows content from the likes of CNN and National Geographic. You can now tap and hold on the center to share a clip with friends. Snapchat lets you add a caption, doodles, and filters before sending it off.
The second addition is the ability to zoom into video while you're recording.
Toddlers deserve teardowns too! Ok, maybe teardowns are still for grownups, but let's do something for those little ones that haven't learned to read xml yet. The YouTube Kids app has only been available since late February, so it's fair to expect a lot of changes and new features in each release. Last week's update brought immersive mode and better voice search, but a look inside revealed that there are some extra toys in the future. To begin with, it looks like Chromecast support is right around the corner. However, the really cool addition appears to be a built-in recording mode to capture your little one singing along to The Wheels On The Bus.
For fans of the Forgotten Realms universe, the Play Store has copies of both Baldur's Gate, Baldur's Gate II, and Icewind Dale. All three of these titles sell for $10, but the last one is currently reduced down to a mere $4.14. That's a pretty impressive savings of roughly 60% and a price that would have long-time fans jumping up and down back in the day. Some of them probably still are.
This is an enhanced port of the PC title with minor alterations to make it touchable. The game remains a complex affair, so while the Play Store says you can install it on a phone, please don't.
Some games from the late 90s have not aged well, and that's completely irrespective of the dated visuals of the era. Sensibilities are different now, and we expect different things from a top tier game. Grim Fandango, on the other hand, is still widely regarded as a masterpiece. Now you can play the remastered version on Android courtesy of Double Fine Productions.
Earn to Die 2 is a game where you drive your car through hordes of undead. I don't need to tell you why that is fun. The first one saw over 5 million installs, so many of you already know what this is about.
The sequel still tasks you with driving your way out of a zombie apocalypse. You will speed through brain-eaters in sports cars and mow them down in trucks. It plays like a physics racers, only your job is to hit things. Things that want to eat you.
There are ten vehicles altogether, which you can upgrade and customize as before.