Chrome. It can one of the most overbearing pieces of software we deal with on a daily basis — it takes up so many resources and has so many limbs, ligaments, and levers that need taking care of lest they go unused. But its immense size also allows it some room to breathe — take the dinosaur game you get to play when your device is offline. Now, there's word that another game will soon join the roster.
April Fools is an annual highlight at Google (right on par with Google I/O), with the company directing many resources to develop the most elaborate Easter eggs. Google Maps is almost certainly always a part of the yearly festivities: After 2015's resurrection of Pac Man and last year's Where's Waldo, this time around we're invited to play good old Snake on our favorite mapping service.
Google Play Games doesn't get much attention these days, but that doesn't mean there haven't been some changes. We're wrapping together everything that's different in the last few versions, plus touching on some new things that are coming in the future.
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 unique roguelike, a zen garden game, two takes on Snake, a surprising military sim, a simple racer, and the sequel to The Sandbox. Without further ado:
Lately it seems that "retro" games have become synonymous with faux NES-era pixelated graphics. And while some pixel art is impressive, it's often just a means of seeming somewhat trendy without having to put in the extra effort and expense of making high-resolution 2D graphics work well. Not so with the latest SHIELD exclusive: Pix the Cat manages to blend truly nostalgic gameplay with absolutely gorgeous 2D visuals for an altogether unique experience. Unfortunately you'll need either a SHIELD Android TV or SHIELD Tablet (and a hefty $10) to play it.
The gameplay of Pix is somewhere between Snake and Pac-Man.
It's close to a universal among those who are old enough that we all once owned a Nokia phone and played Snake. We didn't get those early cell phones to play games, but lo and behold, there was a simple and addicting game within. After many years, Snake's creator the man who brought Snake to mobile phones—Taneli Armanto—has teamed with Rumilus Design to revamp and re-release the classic with a little bit of modern flair. After their recent announcement, Armanto and Rumilus released the game to the Play Store yesterday. I've been testing it a bit longer than that and have enjoyed the way the creators stayed true to the original concept while still sprucing things up for a completely new era of mobile gaming.
We announced a few days back the impending arrival of the game Snake Rewind. For those of you who may have missed the post, here's a little recap. The new game, Snake Rewind, is based on the old classic Snake, and was developed by Rumilus Design with the help of Taneli Armanto, the man responsible for putting snake on Nokia handsets. The game features similar mechanics as the original title which was the first smash hit mobile game.
Snake Rewind was originally set for release on May 14th, but to our surprise, the app is already live on the Play Store a few hours early!
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. The game existed before Taneli created his popular version for Nokia, but its explosion in popularity was very much due to the fact that now millions had the game in their pockets all the time.
Imagine if someone remade the Snake game that you remember from your bomb-proof black and white Nokia phone into a puzzle title. It would look something like RGB Express, a low-key game about getting the right package to the right place. Draw out the path of your little truck, make sure it picks up at least one package and drops it off, and don't cross the trail it makes as it goes by. This is much harder than it sounds, at least in the later levels.
RGB Express has been a minor hit on the iPhone and iPad, perhaps due to its simple premise with near-infinite permutations.
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 new-old game-book from Tin Man, a Spanish Inquisition-style adventure game, a shooter and tower defense hybrid, a stylish and frustrating take on Snake, and the answer to all of life's problems.