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Friday App Sales: Pirates and Traders: Gold, Wayward Souls, Little Stars for Little Wars 2, and More

Posted by Tim-o-tato September - 19 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

It’s Friday, which means it is that time of the week where we round up the current deals taking place on Google Play for you to enjoy over the glorious weekend.

This week, games such as Pirates and Traders: Gold (it just so happens to be Talk Like a Pirate Day), Wayward Souls, and Little Stars for Little Wars are currently on sale, all of which can lead to tons of fun if you end up not having any plans this weekend.

If you are interested in checking out a few apps and games, the list is below. 

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Go support those developers.

Friday App Sales: Pirates and Traders: Gold, Wayward Souls, Little Stars for Little Wars 2, and More is a post from: Droid Life

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Star Wars: Commander Released to Google Play, Choose Your Side of the Force

Posted by Tim-o-tato September - 19 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

In the new Star Wars: Commander game, published by Disney onto Google Play, you must choose to fight for either the Rebel Alliance or team with Darth Vader and the Empire. Even though you just enlisted, no matter what side you choose, you are made a commander of an entire army. To relate the gameplay to another popular title, it is much like Clash of Clans, but Star Wars themed. 

You must choose your battle strategy wisely, then lead your forces into battle against opposing forces, capturing enemy bases and destroying whatever weapons they have.

Thankfully, this game is based on the first trilogy, so no Jar Jar Binks should be seen. If you enjoy battle strategy games, this should be right up your alley.

The game is free to download from Google Play, but does feature IAPs. Make sure you have in-app purchases locked if you let your kids play.

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(Update: it’s official!) Microsoft to buy Minecraft-maker Mojang

Posted by wicked September - 15 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

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Update: In a blog post on the Xbox Wire, Microsoft just confirmed it will acquire Mojang. Minecraft will continue to be available on all platforms, including Android.

Mojang, the creator of popular sandbox game that has crossed console, desktop and mobile platforms, is reportedly in talks with Microsoft for a possible acquisition. According to sources cited by the Wall Street Journal, the Redmond software and cloud services giant is making an offer to acquire the Stockholm-based independent game producer to the tune of US$ 2 billion.

This planned acquisition will be the first big-ticket purchase by Microsoft after Satya Nadella took over as CEO. This is also the first major acquisition after the firm started to refocus its corporate strategy toward a cloud-services oriented firm.

To date, Mojang has largely been independent, with three co-founders Markus “Notch” Persson, Carl Manneh and Jakob Porsér, being its only board members and share-holders. The company has previously rebuffed any outside investment or acquisition offer, preferring instead to rely on revenues and focus on its own development lifecycle. In fact, Persson has been outspoken against the intervention of big technology corporations in startup companies like his own.

“Mojang exists because I got lucky with ‘Minecraft,’ and it got way bigger than I could handle on my own,” Persson wrote in June this year. As for potential investments and acquisitions, he said these were tempting, but “at the end of the day we choose to do what either makes the most sense for our products or the things that seem like fun for us at Mojang.”

Neither Microsoft nor Mojang would confirm the acquisition talks, although such an arrangement will help bolster Microsoft’s own position in the gaming industry, particularly with a title as popular as Minecraft. Mojang chose to launch the console version of Minecraft on Xbox in 2012, well ahead of the platform’s arch-rival in the business, Sony Playstation. The Xbox and platform has accounted for about a third of Mojang’s revenue from its game sales in the previous year. Mojang has recently launched Minecraft for Xbox One, as well. It can be noted that unlike many free-to-play games that are popular of late, Minecraft is an outright purchase — $7 for the smartphone and tablet versions, $27 for console and $20 for PC.

Interestingly enough, Mojang has actively avoided porting the game for Windows Phone, because it deemed the platform not sizeable enough to warrant its own release. With an acquisition, Windows Phone and Windows 8.1 tablet users might have hopes for a Minecraft release soon — or perhaps bigger projects in the future.

The question now is what kind of changes will take place if and once Mojang is, indeed, acquired by Microsoft. Being independent, the team has prided itself in not having any outside pressure from owners or investors in shipping products and building for different platforms. “Financially speaking, we have no pressure whatsoever to rush into any new projects,” said CEO Manneh earlier this year.

According to sources, however, it was Persson himself who opened up the possibility of an acquisition, having approached Microsoft a few months ago. With a positive working relationship with Microsoft for the Xbox, parties have worked on a framework and a tentative acquisition price. “Notch” is not likely to remain after the acquisition, although he will reportedly help out with the transition.

Will an acquisition mean a focus on Microsoft-owned platforms? Or will developers start working on other Microsoft projects, as well, where a sandbox-type 3D environment will come into play? Sources cited by Bloomberg say that Microsoft will most likely maintain versions of the game for competing platforms, in line with its strategy to produce high-quality versions of its productivity applications for both its own operating systems like Windows, as well as competitors’.


Source: Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg;

Square Enix Launches Dragon Quest to Google Play, Priced at Only $2.99

Posted by Tim-o-tato September - 12 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

A game from Square Enix hit Google Play this week, an absolute classic called Dragon Quest. In this title, which should have you traveling back in time to the 1980s, you play as a hero that is about to set upon an epic RPG journey of magic and terrifying creatures. Although, keep in mind, graphics were a bit limited back in the day, so the gameplay may not be as exhilarating as it once seemed. 

The game’s controls have been reworked to perform perfectly on touch displays, and the soundtrack also seems to have been remastered for its release. As for the actual story, you play as multiple characters that search through towns and other various environments, upgrading weapons and hunting down baddies. If you enjoy classic RPG titles, Square Enix has your back.

There are no exact launch trailers, but in the video below, you can see exactly what you will get for your $2.99.

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Spider-Man Unlimited Now on Google Play, an Endless Runner for the Non Arachnophobic

Posted by Tim-o-tato September - 11 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

There is a new Spider-Man game available on Google Play this week, titled Spider-Man Unlimited. The game is essentially an endless runner, a la Temple Run, but there are plenty of features that will keep your mind from becoming bored with the action.

In Unlimited, you play as Spider-Man, who of course must save the city from evil doers. While you fly from tall buildings to skyscrapers and run atop roofs, you must collect coins and go through epic boss battles to continue on in a complete story mode full of missions. 

As you play on, you can use other characters besides Spider-Man, and also upgrade characters to help you beat up baddies even more effectively.

The look of the game is the real draw, though. If you are aware of the Borderlands series on consoles, the animation style will look familiar, as the same thick black outlines for characters and scenery is utilized. This style helps everything stand out from each other, allowing you to see all of the action taking place.

If you love yourself some Spider-Man, go check it out on Google Play, free to download.

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Spider-Man Unlimited Now on Google Play, an Endless Runner for the Non Arachnophobic is a post from: Droid Life

Humble Mobile Bundle 7 – name your price and get six awesome games

Posted by wicked September - 11 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

Avid gamers are always looking for a fun game, but it’s even more exciting to find a good deal on games. You can’t do much better than the Humble Bundle offers, in which you can get multiple apps for a price set by you. That’s right, you get to pay whatever you want and the new Humble Mobile Bundle 7 has some juicy game titles to offer.

Name your price and you will get The Tiny Bang Story, Color Zen Premium and Heroes of Loot. The catch here is that you can unlock the “premium” games if you pay above the average, which sits at $4.02 at the time of this post’s publishing.

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Those who pay more will also get Kingdom Rush Frontiers, Horn and Sorcery. The deal will get better, as more games will be added “soon”. I would say these games are enticing enough, though.

As always, you can choose how your money gets distributed between charity, developers and Humble Bundle. These are great titles, so make sure to give the Humble Mobile Bundle 7 website a good look. I am definitely signing up – are you?


Source: Humble Bundle;

Original Dragon Quest comes to Android

Posted by wicked September - 11 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

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The original Dragon Quest (better known in the US as Dragon Warrior) has now arrived to Android, courtesy of Square-Enix!

The NES classic first arrived to Japan back in 1986 and has been ported to various consoles and devices over the years, but what’s interesting about this latest release it that it marks the first time the game has debuted in Europe. For those in the US, we may have seen it before, but it’s still nice to be able to play it on our Android devices.

While many of Square-Enix’s Android ports have been pretty high priced, this one comes in at $2.99, which all things considered isn’t bad. As for the game itself? This turn-based classic is largely the same as ever, other than the game has had some art elements redesigned, it features a vertical orientation this time around, and (as you’d expect) the controls have been re-worked with touchscreens in mind.

If you’re a fan of Square-Enix or just classic RPGs in general, you’ll want to head on over to Google Play to check this one out for yourself.


Source: Google Play;

Humble Mobile Bundle 7 Released, Pay More Than $3.70 to Receive 7 Games

Posted by wicked September - 10 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

It’s that time again, the Humble Bundle, a for-pay collection of apps that help to fund developers and charities, has refreshed its mobile collection.

The first tier features The Tiny Bang Story, Color Zen Premium, and Heroes of Loot. As always, there is no donation minimum; any amount you feel comfortable paying will net the three titles, and benefit their makers and philanthropic organizations in the process. 

Included in the second tier is Kingdom Rush Frontiers, Horn, and Sorcery!, with the promise of additional games to come. For those unfamiliar with the process, these “premium” apps require a gift higher than the average donation to unlock. In other words, buying the second and first tiers will require spending, at this moment in time, at least $3.70. Considering the cause and price, that’s an excellent value.

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Via: Humble Mobile Bundle

Humble Mobile Bundle 7 Released, Pay More Than $3.70 to Receive 7 Games is a post from: Droid Life

Super Monkey Ball now bouncing through your Android device

Posted by wicked September - 9 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

If you’re a fan of that crazy monkey from SEGA, then the newest edition of the Super Monkey Ball game would make you bounce all around the room. Yes, you guessed it right, it’s called Super Monkey Ball Bounce and it is now available for your Android device in all its bouncy and colorful glory.

Super Monkey Ball has been easing boredom since 2001 when it was launched in Nintendo’s GameCube and was probably one of the first titles that SEGA launched on a different platform, particularly a staunch competitor. There have been several mobile versions since then, ever since they realised that phones are more than just for texting and taking calls. The latest edition now lets you bounce through 119 levels and six different worlds as you tilt and swipe your monkey through jungles, volcanoes and glaciers.

Aside from that, there are also puzzles you can play through if you’re too dizzy to bounce around. You also get to meet different weird monkey friends, each with their own unique powers. And of course, if you’re one of those competitive, social players, you can link your Facebook to the app and get to beat your friends on the leaderboard.

Super Monkey Ball Bounce is free to download from the Google Play Store. There are some in-app purchases available, so if a kid (or a sneaky friend) is using your device, make sure you disable that feature before letting them loose on games like this. There are some complaints that the game has too many ads or it lags because of these ads, but this will probably be fixed if you make those aforementioned in-app purchases (sneaky monkey).

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Tamagotchi makes a comeback (again) through Android app

Posted by wicked September - 9 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

Since throwbacks and nostalgia seem to be the in things nowadays, are we really surprised that things from our childhood are coming back to give us that “has it really been ____ years since I watched/listened to/did this” feeling? One toy that some of us may have fond memories of playing with (and killing them eventually) is the tamagotchi. And while the actual toy is indeed making a comeback, there’s also a new way of playing with your virtual pet and that is through an Android app.

Tamagotchi Classic 2nd gen is exactly like you’d imagine the classic virtual pet to be, but this time on your smartphone. But actually, this isn’t the first time that it has found its way to the digital world. Tamagotchi Classic was launched almost a year ago, but this 2nd gen version features all new characters that you can turn into your virtual pets, for practicing on having real pets or just because you have nothing better to do than to feed, bathe or entertain these weird creatures.

Just like the previous version, the app has two modes. TOY mode will bring back those warm feelings of playing with your tamagochi back in the day as you can raise it in its virtual classic toy shell. The APP mode however brings more color and a modern feel in an updated, full-screen environment. As you raise your tamagochi, you can collect stars and unlock items like wallpapers and shells, which you can then use to customize the game.

While your tamagochi is sleeping or in the bathroom, you can also play mini-games like the memory match puzzle. Tamagotchi 2nd gen is available for $3.99 from the Google Play Store, still cheaper than getting the new actual tamagotchi which costs around $20.

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