While there's no denying that Square Enix's Chaos Rings series is a decidedly un-revolutionary take on traditional JRPG's (Japanese RPG), that's like saying an Audi R8 is a decidedly un-revolutionary take on the supercar - it's still fantastic regardless. The Chaos Rings series is one of Square Enix's lesser-known franchises, but is without a doubt the company's most serious investment in mobile gaming at the moment. I've always thought of it as a test-bed for the first true "made for smartphone" Final Fantasy game (which still doesn't exist at this point).
Remember back in the day when MTV actually showed music videos instead of two-dozen different [completely moronic] shows that you don't really want to watch? Well, it looks like VEVO wants to bring that sort of always-on music video channel back from the dead with its freshly-announced VEVO TV. As the name suggests, it's a TV-like channel that can be accessed any time, where you can watch music videos in real-time with everyone else.
The day is here, boys and girls – I/O 2013 registration is open! Even at $900 a ticket ($300 for academic attendees), they sold out in 25 minutes last year. We expect the same thing to happen this year, so if you want to go, hopefully you waited until after you picked your ticket up to read this post.
Most of you will be familiar with Real Boxing after following the coverage on NVIDIA's Project Shield, in which the iOS pilgrim was heavily featured. While you'll have to wait a few more months to get a hold of NVIDIA's gaming hardware, the boxing game is available today on Google Play. $4.99 will get you what's easily one of the most graphically intensive titles on Android, though you'll need to be rocking a Tegra-powered device to see them.
If you were to look through the back catalog of console games circa 2009, you might be surprised to find a game called Mini Ninjas getting a disproportionate amount of press. It was a fun little title that mixed kid-friendly themes and Japanese mythology with solid stealth and combat gameplay. If you're hoping for a return to sneaking around Edo castles and facing off against gigantic bosses, too bad, because publisher Square has re-used the name and assets for an otherwise unremarkable endless runner game.
This is the app roundup. The game roundup from last week can be found here.
Nexus 4 bumper cases have been out of stock on the US Play Store for at least a month now, but today they've finally returned - same price, same place.
The official Nexus 4 bumper will run you $20 plus tax and shipping, which is indeed quite pricey for such a simple little item. While Google does seem to have stabilized Nexus 4 stock in the last month, it's more than a bit befuddling to me that they can't keep a cheap piece of plastic in stock to match the demand of the phone for which it is exclusively built.
Yes, Falcon Pro is still kicking after temporarily running out of Twitter auth tokens last month. The developer has just updated the app with a feature he promised in the wake of tokengate: widgets. There are a few other changes, but man.. look at how widget-y those widgets are!
Falcon Pro was previously dependent on the Falcon widget for home screen interaction. That setup gets the job done, but requires two process to be running and updating the feed simultaneously.
What's better than getting a bargain on cool Android games? Contributing to charity in the process, obviously. The Android Humble Bundle is currently in its fifth incarnation, and invites gamers to choose their own price to support developers and charities like Child's Play and the EFF. The current deal already includes six DRM-free titles, but the good folks behind the Humble Bundle have brought back three games from Humble Bundle 4 for a total of 9 games.
Are your nightmares set on a thin path bordered by trees? Do your thumbs reflexively swipe left or right before turning down a hallway? Do you fear flying monkeys? If you've answered 'yes' to any those questions, you might have Temple Run Syndrome. If your symptoms are not too severe, try out Catcha Catcha Aliens! for something a little different.
Players are set loose to help fend off otherworldly creatures that are causing distress for the locals.