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've got a super-fast platformer, a unique 2D exploration game, two tunnel runners, a minimal twitch game, yet another soccer manager, and (sigh) a game from a bunch of Let's Play "stars."
Real-time strategy seems to be all about hundreds of actions per minute these days, if you can even find a strategy game that's not a clone of Clash of Clans or League of Legends or Army of Alliteration. SPACECOM takes a different approach: it's a minimal sci-fi game where your captured star systems are just solar diagrams, your ships and fleets are a series of triangles, and there's a definite lack of guns or explosions.
If you've ever played Wing Commander: Armada, SPACECOM plays out like a real-time version of the strategy portions of that game (minus the full 3D space battles, of course).
Android's default lockscreen choices (PIN input and the familiar 3x3 pattern), while secure, are not the easiest or simplest to get through, even if you know the code. For those of you looking for a nice, clean alternative, Hidden Lock may suit your needs perfectly.
Upon launch, the app allows you to place your lock anywhere on the screen, and even change the size to be more secure. Once the lock is placed, you can test how it works. When your device's screen turns on, you are met with whatever screen you were on when it was locked (for example, the homescreen) but nothing can be interacted with until you double tap the spot you placed the lock.
Yesterday, developer and XDA member zehro released his minimalist clock app, clockr. The app is actually a widget - and it really is as simple as it sounds: it's a pure-text clock.
At the moment, there are no customization options for the widget - that's coming at some point - but it looks like user hollywooder has been hard at work creating alternate themes for the clock. The upside is that there's a degree of variability in usage; the obvious downside is that you need to download and flash an .APK to change the colors.
Nevertheless, it's a very cool widget and perfect for minimalistic themes.