Terraria creator Andrew Spinks had a high-profile tiff with Google last month, citing a familiar problem: Google unexpectedly locking a personal account. It led to a highly public conversation on Google's lack of transparency, and a vow from Spinks to cancel the incipient release of the popular crafting game on Google's Stadia streaming platform. Spinks, development company Re-Logic, and Google managed to hash out the problem, confirming that the game was still on its way.
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 have a long-awaited survival game, a unique management sim, a Chromecast multiplayer game, a text-based AR game, and a uniquely twisted adventure title. Without further ado:
We're getting some really excellent games on Android as of late, and it looks like the hit parade isn't going to end in the near future. Here are three upcoming titles (in three different genres, no less) to look forward to in the next few months.
Rayman Jungle Run and Rayman Fiesta Run are easily two of the best games of their type on Android, and we're getting at least one more. Ubisoft released a reveal trailer for Rayman Adventures early this morning, showing off similar gameplay with a new structure based on rescuing the "Incrediballs." The tap-and-swipe runner gameplay seems to be intact, so I'm sorry if you were hoping for a more conventional platformer.
Games on Android continue to get bigger and more elaborate. One of the top developers leading the way in less-than-casual gaming on the mobile platform is Idea Factory (together with Hyperbox Studio). Previously, the company released Spectral Souls, a 1GB RPG for $15 that promised hundreds of hours of gameplay (as any decent RPG would). Today, the similarly priced, and even larger 1.2GB sequel lands on the Play Store: Blazing Souls Accelate.
The game packs everything you'd expect in a high-end RPG. Impressive graphics and animations, a free-roaming world, item upgrades, modifications, and crafting, and even a Pokémon system the ability to capture monsters and have them fight for you.
Minecraft, the wildly popular online creativity toy, has also had a pocket version of itself in development for a while. Up until now, though, you could only really mine. As of today, though, Mojang, the company behind the game, has released version 0.3.0 that finally includes (and you may want to sit down for this one) crafting!
Up until this point, you've been able to scavenge around for materials, but if you wanted to do anything with them, you're stuck. The new crafting system, called MATTIS because things need names, will allow you to craft new materials, tools, and armor. Minecraft is getting significantly closer to the mobile version we've all been wanting this whole time.