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Level Up! Heroes of Might & Magic III HD, OUYA, and cats

Posted by wicked January - 31 - 2015 - Saturday Comments Off

Build your own fantasy kingdom and, instead of just growing it with cutesy in-app items and fighting off even cuter monsters, defend it against seriously badass angles, demons, and mages. Or maybe you’re more into cats. Lots and lots of cats. Which ever way you swing, we’ve got you covered in this week’s edition of Level Up! But first, a few words from everyone’s favorite, or previous favorite, champion of Android console gaming.

The tale of Alibaba and … OUYA

If you try to trace back the history of Android gaming in the living room, you will inevitably meet OUYA somewhere in the beginning. The dream that OUYA talked about resounded so much with the Android faithful that its Kickstarter campaign become a resounding success. What happened after that, however, is a totally different story. Though it enjoyed a moderate amount of success and popularity, OUYA’s image wasn’t completely spotless and there have been talks about the startup’s impeding doom.

But OUYA isn’t ready to call it quits and seems to be seeking out other venues to push its message. It transformed itself from gaming console to gaming platform and has partnered with device makers to spread its games beyond its little box. After Mad Catz and then, surprisingly, Xiaomi, OUYA is rumored to be making ties with Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba. The latter is said to have infused the gaming startup with $10 million in investment to bring OUYA’s catalog to a nascent and fast-growing Chinese console gaming market. Will this be the next major chapter in OUYA’s story and will it have a happier ending? Stay tuned.

Heroes of Might & Magic III … in High Def

Ubisoft has finally caved in and gave gamers what they wanted. OK, maybe not everything that they wanted but at least it’s an HD version of one of the most popular Might & Magic titles, or so they say. HoMM III HD has finally been launched and it is launching everywhere. And by everywhere, we mean mobile too. Android included!

Forget what you learned about kingdom-building from Clash of Clans or Dragon City or Farmville. This is old school, hard core, dark strategy at its finest. It will cost you a pretty penny, actually more than that, $9.99 to be exact, but some ransoms have to be paid for an authentic taste of what ruling a medieval fantasy kingdom really feels like.

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Android goes “Meow”

Goats and chickens and all kinds of birds aren’t the only stars of the Android gaming world. Some believe the legend that the Internet was really made for cats, and we might readily believe as well. Tired of your boring old tower defense games? Want a change of scenery from your endless running? If you’re a cat lover of sorts, then you might want to check out Naughty Kitties. The name alone clues you in on the feline mayhem you’re in for.

If you do have an inkling for cats but treat all animals, and fruits, equally, then Joy Flight might be more to your taste. This arcade shoot’em up game sees animals from a zoo-like village, including a cat, band up to save their fruity rations from, what else, aliens. Why a cat would be in a zoo is probably a mystery for another game.

Cats aren’t always the heroes of the story. They’re talented enough to play even convincing villains. Take for example KittenTaxi, a seemingly harmless title that puts you in control of cat playing cops and burglars, with the cats as the burglars. Very dangerous burglars. Don’t let the hand-drawn cartoon style fool you. These felines have a penchant for things that go boom.

The Need for Gas

If you’re into heavy racing games, this news might be a bit old to you. Rumor has it that EA Games will be putting a very controversial new feature, or misfeature, in an upcoming Need For Speed title. Aside from your usual assortment of power ups and boosters that you can buy in-game, EA will actually be charing players to get refueled. Or wait for the timer to reset. Fans of games like Farmville, Diner Dash, and the whole breed of games that they spawned are probably all too familiar with the game mechanic. But in a high-octane game like NFS? Bummer. In-app purchases aren’t exactly news to us, but EA might be straddling the fine line between “pay to win” and “pay to play”, risking the ire of players, and probably some European governments as well.

That’s it for this week’s edition of Level Up! Tune in next time for more Android gaming news, rumors, and of course, games. Probably with less cats. Be sure to check out our Gaming tag portal for more and hit the comments below to let us know your thoughts.

Get the ball in the hole in Ultraflow

Posted by wicked January - 30 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

“Minimalist yet complex” is something that we often find in the description of a lot of games now (thanks a lot Flappy Bird and its ilk). One of the latest games to sport this tagline is Ultraflow, and if you’re up to the challenge of trying to put a small ball in a hole (we’re looking at you, golfers, or virtual golfers at the least), then you might want to check out Ultraflow, a new game now available on Android devices.

There is no other motivation for the small ball except to get into the hole. But it becomes more difficult because you only get a certain number of bounces to complete each level. And each level is “oddly shaped” so it presents a challenge in itself. And as you progress through the 99 levels, of course everything becomes crazier with rotating platforms, angles that will make you doubt your ability to simply get a ball in that whole, different terrains, etc.

The non-linear, abstract, 2D game relies heavily on physics as you try to get to your goal, while racking up the points. If you’re feeling a bit competitive, there is a Google Play Games Achievements board which you can also see how you stack up against the others also playing the game.

Ultraflow is available to download for free from the Google Play Store. The best part? There are no in-app purchases needed and there are no ads throughout the gameplay to distract you from your game.

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Hand-drawn Steampunker game now available on Android tablet

Posted by wicked January - 30 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

The steampunk “movement” is a reimagining of 19th century Western civilization, specifically the Industrial Revolution or the Victorian Era in Britain, in science fiction and fantasy literature, which has crossed over to movies, TV shows, and even cosplay. The theme and look has also sometimes been adapted by game developers, but none more so than Steampunker (the name is a dead giveaway), an award-winning game that has now launched its Android tablet edition.

Named as app of the year by some game award-giving bodies, Steampunker is a 2D point-and-click adventure game that has a very distinct look. It boasts of “unique hand-drawn graphics” that makes it even more enjoyable to play, along with the actual gameplay that you get to experience. The main protagonist is Vincent, and through him, you get to solve puzzles, fly to the moon in a rocket, defeat robot enemies, all while getting points and exploring a fantastical world.

The game has five chapters in its story, with more than 30 puzzles and brain teasers, which includes a bit of math, and a knowledge of mechanical things like fighting a steam leakage and such. It also involves a bit of hidden object search, which is challenging and sometimes difficult, given the nature of the game’s graphics. But if you like looking deep into hand-drawn artwork, then it would be rewarding for you to explore these puzzles.

Steampunker Tablet Edition is available at the Google Play Store for $2.81. That’s already a pretty good deal, given the painstakingly created graphics and artwork that the game has. And there are no in-app purchases available, so everything is all in with that price.

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Amazon Hosts Deal on DICE Nominated Games, Includes Monument Valley and 80 Days

Posted by Tim-o-tato January - 30 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

For a limited time, in celebration of nominees for DICE, Amazon is hosting an “up to 80% off” deal on select apps and games. A few of the games available are 80 Days, Threes, Monument Valley, The Banner Saga, and more. 

Amazon has a nice mix of upfront cash-off deals on games, as well as money-off sales on in-app purchases. For example, if you would like to download Hearthstone, Amazon will give you 10% Amazon Coins back on purchase of select card packs. Monument Valley, however, is priced at just $0.99, down from $3.99.

Check out the full list of games and deals by following the link below.

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Amazon Hosts Deal on DICE Nominated Games, Includes Monument Valley and 80 Days is a post from: Droid Life

Naughty Kitties are no nonsense cuties, will save Cat’s Planet

Posted by wicked January - 30 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

Cats are cute but kittens are (errr…) the cutest. Sometimes I believe the cats own the Internet what with the thousands of cat memes and videos going viral these past few years. They are adorable so anything they do will sell. I’m not sure if these Naughty Kittens will make you feel all warm and fuzzy though but they have one good aim and that is to save Cat’s Planet from the attack of the aliens.

Kittens are the main characters. No adult cats in the game because they’ve been annihilated by the aliens. Kittens are trying to run away but the group of naughty kittens want them to fight the enemies. This isn’t an ordinary tower defense game but expect to see some fire-breathing cats on spaceship and more.

The Naughty Kittens will have to do endless running. Playing the game is also easy with a simple “Drag & Drop”. Drag a young kitty warrior to join your troops and let them fight for the planet. Always check the kittens’ energy bars and see if they can still fight for you. Replenish their energies to finally finish the mission.

Naughty Kittens game boasts of a cute art style. You can play and use different breeds of cats with different weapons and ships to unlock.

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Download Naughty Kittens from the Google Play Store

Spout, an Eerily Quiet Yet Addictive Monochrome Game

Posted by Tim-o-tato January - 30 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

As I was searching through Google Play, I stumbled upon Spout: Monochrome Mission. While the game does not appear to be too new, having launched in late 2013, it plays like a well-developed, albeit simplistic shooter of sorts. 

In the game, you take control of a rocket ship which blasts out particles. These particles, when pointed in the right direction, can blow objects out of your way. You goal is to make it as far as you can without running into these blocks. However, you must be careful, because when you turn around to blast an object, you open yourself up to running straight into an object behind you.

The game is completely free to download, and besides the occasional pop up ad after you die, it’s a pleasant experience.

Check it out by following the link below.

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Spout, an Eerily Quiet Yet Addictive Monochrome Game is a post from: Droid Life

Fly through a 3D tubular world in Tail Drift for Android

Posted by wicked January - 30 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

If you’re a fan of arcade racing games like Mario Kart, then this new game available on Android devices will appeal to your love of virtually racing through not just the ground but even in the skies. Tail Drift is a 360 degree arcade racer that will see you through loops, tubes, and various fantastic environments as you try to win the race and get as many points as you can.

The game’s creator, Cameron Owen, actually won a gaming competition back in 2012 but it’s only now that Tail Drift has finally made its way to Android devices. “It’s great to get the chance to realize the game I always wanted to,” he says. The game lets you fly through a tubular world, breezing through environments like floating islands, ancient temples, and desert canyons. You can choose from three different kinds of games: Classic Race, Time Trial, and Time Extension. You will be able to finish 2 tours, which includes 18 unique events that you can compete in.

If you’re bored with the plane you’re flying in, the game has 4 available planes that you can switch to, or rather, purchase and upgrade to. You can also upgrade your plane’s speed, acceleration, handling, and boost. To get a leg up on your competition, you can use 3 unique power ups to help you along the way: turbo boost, deadly mines, and stun cannons. And you also have 7 beautiful tracks to compete on.

The game has leader boards to track your progress as compared to your friends, if you’re feeling a bit competitive. You can download Tail Drift for free from the Google Play Store, but there are in-app purchases available.

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Heroes of Might & Magic III HD now available for Android tablets from Google Play

Posted by wicked January - 29 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

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Heroes of Might & Magic III, the popular turn-based strategy game from the late 90’s, is now available in the Google Play Store. What’s arguably the most popular Heroes of Might & Magic game released as a Windows exclusive in 1999, followed by being ported to numerous other consoles in the early 2000’s.

Since this is a port of the original, you’ll still play as Queen Catherine Ironfist on a quest to re-conquer the kingdom of Erathia while trying to unite her ravaged homeland. Here is the full list of features the HD version brings to Android:

A COMPLETELY NEW HD EXPERIENCE ON TABLETS

  • Re-live the Heroes III in HD, a true craftsmanship which offers players fully remastered graphics, and hosting intuitive controls designed for touchscreens
  • Heroes III now features a full wide screen compatibility.

THE CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED HEROES III GAMEPLAY IS BACK

  • Blaze your way through 7 exciting campaign scenarios, fighting along 8 iconic factions.
  • Explore exclusive scenarios in around 50 skirmish maps.
  • Pass the tablet around and play with your friends in a thrilling local multiplayer mode

One thing to note is that this game is only compatible with Android tablets. While it seems unfortunate, this game in particular takes up a massive 1.1GB on your device. Make sure to keep that in mind before you download the game.

Heroes of Might & Magic III can be found in the Google Play Store for $9.99. While the price seems a bit steep, Google Play isn’t listing any available in-app purchases. After the $10 price tag, you’ll likely be able to play the game at its fullest.

Download Heroes of Might & Magic III from Google Play

Gameloft releases trailer for yet another big update to Six-Guns

Posted by wicked January - 29 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

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If you’re a player of Gameloft’s Six-Guns, you were recently treated to the Gang Showdown expansion.

But if that wasn’t enough, Gameloft is teasing yet another update to the game. And the reaper cometh.

Six-Guns was updated on January 8th to expand on the existing game. The update notes from Gameloft are:

- GANG SHOWDOWN: Enter this brand-new mode that completely redefines multiplayer competition
- NEW BOSS RAID: Madness will play with your brain. Keep your eyes peeled!
- NEW WEAPONS & OUTFIT: Only fearless cowboys will be able to handle these terrifying new weapons
- WILD WINTER: Who said there’s no snow in the Wild West? Roll up the best snowball you can for the snowball fight event!
Gameloft isn’t disclosing much on what the newest feature to Six-Guns will be, other than to tell you it involves Death. Check out the trailer below and make your assumptions now!

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Source: Droid Gamers

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Wednesday Poll: Do You Buy IAPs in Mobile Games?

Posted by Tim-o-tato January - 29 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

In-app purchases are no new threat to mobile gamers. However, their implementation is becoming rather alarming, not just because of their existence, but at the rate of which publishers will utilize them to make a game nearly impossible to play without having to pay one way or another.

To clarify, it is not that we are against IAPs or developers making money. In fact, we feel quite the contrary. We want developers to make awesome games and get paid for it at the same time.

Instead of making users pay for the most basic aspect of your game, such as racing in a racing game, allow them to purchase cool upgrades and additional tracks. You don’t see Activision make players pay for bullets in Call of Duty, do you?

Whether you are with micro transactions or against them, they are here to stay for the foreseeable future. As piracy is still an issue on Android, it seems that for now, one of the better ways to make any money on Android is through IAPs.

So, do you buy IAPs when playing mobile games?

Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post’s poll.

Wednesday Poll: Do You Buy IAPs in Mobile Games? is a post from: Droid Life

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