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Monument Valley adds more chapters in latest update

Posted by wicked November - 26 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

If you’re a heavy mobile gamer, by this time after you’ve played countless match-3 puzzles, endless runners and RPG’s, you’ve probably become a little jaded by all the usual games. But if you haven’t heard of Monument Valley yet, then you’re missing out on a lot, especially now that their latest update brings even more chapters in this puzzle game.

For the uninitiated, Monument Valley is a game where you will guide a silent princess named Ida through a world filled with architecture and geometry. While that doesn’t sound exciting enough, think of optical illusions, palaces and temples that can be reshaped, and Crow People that are out to thwart your every move. You can twist and drag the geometric shapes to be able to properly explore the world and help the princess maneuver her way through a world that looks more and more like a painting.

The game, while pretty and extraordinary, is meant to be not that difficult. If you’re not doing anything except to play the game, you can probably finish it in one afternoon. The latest update brings 8 more chapters called Forgotten Shores, in case you’ve already finished it and are hankering for more (even though the game just debuted late last week). This means eight more adventures and puzzles to solve, and eight more ways you can create works of art even while playing.

Monument Valley is available at the Google Play Store for $3.99. To be able to access the eight expansion chapters, you need to make an in-app purchase of $1.99. This might seem steep for a “simple” game, but those waxing ecstatic about the game say it’s worth it.

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VIA: Android Police

Blitz Racer: isometric, minimalist arcade racing game

Posted by wicked November - 25 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

When you think of racing games, immediately what comes to mind are simple, high-energy games with bombastic graphics and sounds. But a new game for Android devices may just be one of the most unique arcade racing games we’ve seen in a while. It is minimalist in design and graphics. It may be extremely difficult (unless you’re one of those people who are really good at both geometry and physics). And it has shades of an endless runner game as well. Welcome to the world of Blitz Racer.

In the instructions to the game on the Google Play Store page, it only mentions 3 items in How to Play: tap left for 90 degree counterclockwise movement, tap right to rotate the other way, and most importantly, don’t die. Sounds simple enough yeah? But don’t be deceived by that and the minimalist look of the game. It is really difficult that you might feel like giving up at times, but should you be up for the challenge, then you’ll be “rewarded” at the end of the game.

There are six racing levels you can unlock by going through all the circuits that you can. You receive a star or stars for each that you finish, with the newer ones requiring you to have more stars in the bank. You also get only one life per game, so if you crash, you have to go back to the start. In order to get through the circuits, you need a lot of precise left-right or right-left movements in order to finish navigating through the gaps and obstacles. You can go faster by riding through the conveyor belts, but it also needs a bit of “drifting physics” especially when you turn immediately after leaving the belt.

If this is something you think will challenge your mobile gaming and digital racing skills, you may download Blitz Racer for free from the Google Play Store. But there are also some in-app purchases available so make sure you’ve disabled the automatic purchase option if you don’t want unwanted charges on your bill.

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Humble “Crescent Moon” Bundle Now Available, $8 Snags You 10+ Games

Posted by Tim-o-tato November - 24 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

A new Humble Bundle is available for mobile gamers, which should easily keep you busy over this holiday week. Humble Bundles allow you to “pay what you want” for games, but there is a catch. In order to receive all of the games included in the package, you will need to pay more than average donation, which currently sits around $6.50. 

In this Bundle, 10 games in total are available if you donate just $8, which is an insane deal. A few titles in the deal include Mines of Mars, Space Chicks, The Deer God, Neon Shadow, and many more.

If Humble Bundles are to your liking, check it out.

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Humble “Crescent Moon” Bundle Now Available, $8 Snags You 10+ Games is a post from: Droid Life

Forgotten Shores Chapters for Monument Valley Now Available as $1.99 IAP

Posted by Tim-o-tato November - 24 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

The long-awaited Forgotten Shores chapters for Monument Valley are now available on Android through the app itself, priced at $1.99 as an in-app purchase. In the newest set of levels, you will help the same young girl as before, but taking her through much different worlds. To start off, from what I experienced, it appears we are off to a land of fire and brimstone. 

If you are unfamiliar with Monument Valley, it is a puzzler game, but set in a beautiful, wallpaper-worthy land. You twist and move objects to help your young character reach the end of a level without running directly into danger. Some feel the game is too easy, but I felt it is the perfect mix of puzzler and app to get lost in.

The initial purchase for Monument Valley is $3.99, but with this IAP, your total price is about $6. For the amount of work and effort that went into this game, I think you can skip your next two lattes and check it out. Or have both, that’s what I would do.

Check it out.

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Forgotten Shores Chapters for Monument Valley Now Available as $1.99 IAP is a post from: Droid Life

LINE releases new match 3 puzzle game Trio

Posted by wicked November - 24 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

Match 3 type of mobile games don’t require you to think mostly, but are fun and can be great time passers (and wasters). LINE, which is mostly known for its free messaging service, has been releasing simple and fun games lately, to increase their user base and entertain the current one as well. Their newest game is called LINE Trio and it may not be something radically new, but if you’re looking for the fun and the familiar, then this is a good game as any.

Detective Brown and his assistant Romeo are on a mission to recover stolen masterpieces from Phantom Thief X and you can help them by solving puzzles along the way. You follow the usual rules of match 3 games, matching 3 blocks of the same color by moving the blocks up, down, left or right. To make it a little more difficult, each stage has a specific mission you have to fulfill, like having a limited amount of moves to be able to clear that stage. And as you complete a stage, you’ll receive 1 fragment of a stolen masterpiece. You need to collect all 20 fragments per area to complete the painting and then restore it to its rightful LINE gallery.

There are several special powers you can get throughout the game to make your progress faster. There are special blocks you can use when you pair 4 or more of the blocks, like Line Block, Hyper Block and Random Block. There are also items available, like +3 Moves, Super Plus, Star Shot, etc, all to help you match more blocks and get more fragments of the masterpieces.

You can also receive gifts when you invite your existing LINE friends to download and play the game, so the more, the merrier. LINE Trio is available for free download from the Google Play Store. Of course you need to have a LINE free messaging account to be able to do so.

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SOURCE: LINE

Weekend Game Getaway: Kingdom Rush Origins, Soulcalibur Sale

Posted by wicked November - 22 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off

If you’re planning to lock yourself up indoors this weekend, probably to gather up energy for the upcoming holiday (and sale) madness, now might be your chance to catch up on some Android gaming. And you might just be in luck! Aside from the plethora of games we’ve brought to your attention the past days, there are two notable ones that might deserve your glance (and maybe your money) as well.

Kingdom Rush Origins brings back the popular tower defense game and, in its wake, it turns back the clock full throttle. Origins, as the name so obviously implies, takes you back to the time before all the rushing madness started. But worry not, as even back then you are already empowered with weapons of mass destruction. New old towers and troops make their way into your hands, including Elf Archers, Mystic Mages, Stone Druids, and more. Of course, you have new enemies to face as well, including new epic bosses.

Kingdom Rush Origins goes for $3.39 on Google Play Store and still offers in-app purchases to further relieve you of your holiday savings.

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Soulcalibur, or SOULCALIBUR, isn’t exactly new, but that might very well be the appeal of the game. It is one of the more popular fighting game titles that have managed to amass a faithful following despite being pitted against giants like Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat. BANDAI NAMCO brought the first installment of the series to Android, though of course that is a mixed bag. Twitch-based fighting games just don’t really feel all that right on a touchscreen because of the lack of that button mashing feeling. But with the proper gamepad accessory and more recently support for the Nexus Player, that might be a moot point.

For a limited time until December 4, Soulcalibur will be available at 65 percent off, meaning it now only costs $4.43. After the promo period, it goes back to its rather high price tag of $13.99.

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Soulcalibur on sale for under $4, down from $13.99

Posted by wicked November - 22 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off

Everyone is familiar with Soulcalibur games, right? From the arcades to mobile platforms, this game has been everywhere. While it’s been acclaimed by many as one of the best fighting games of all time, that has made the price pretty expensive over the years. Up until recently, it has been available on the Google Play Store for the steep price of $13.99.

The folks at NAMCO Games are now offering Soulcalibur for the limited-time price of $3.92. That’s a bit more than $10 off, which is a really sweet deal. If you are taking the plunge, however, be mindful that it’s pretty large, coming in at 200MB.

For all of you die hard fans out there, rest assured the game is extremely similar to the original. All of the characters are included, all of them still have their awesome fighting styles, and all of the levels are here, too. The Android version also includes Arcade Battle, Time Attack, Survival, Extra Survival, Museum, and Practice modes (so basically you’ll never be bored with this game).

This 65% off deal begins today and runs through December 4th, so get to it sooner rather than later! Are you going to download Soulcalibur for your Android device? Tell us how you think it compares to the original.

Check out Soulcalibur on the Play Store!

Garfield Kart: Fast and Furry now available on Android

Posted by wicked November - 22 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off

If you love to see the irascible feline Garfield battling it out on the race track while using different antics to distract his opponent, then you just had your Christmas wish granted a little bit earlier. Garfeld Kart: Fast and Furry is now available for Android devices, so you can enjoy racing around the track while at the same time, see characters from the comics strip that you’ve grown to love (or even hate).

The multi-player racing game lets you choose to be one of eight characters, including the titular cat, Odie, Nermal, Jon or Liz, each with their own karts and specific abilities and features like acceleration, maneuverability, maximum speed, etc. The game has sixteen circuits available, where you have to try to be the fastest driver while taking out your opponents by some mature tactics, like throwing pie in their faces. You can also upgrade and accessorize both the car and the pilot. Along the way, you also get to pick up bonuses to help you get past the other drivers, like a pie-throwing power or a lasagna booster to make you faster.

There are four different game modes, depending on what you’d like to play that day. Single Race Mode is for when you just want a quick painless game. The Grand Prix mode is when you want to finish racing through all the sixteen circuits. Time Trial mode is when you have to beat the referenced time as you race. Meanwhile, there is also the Challenge of the Day where, obviously, you have to try and finish the challenge set for that day. The game has around 80 goals that you need to complete, like getting the longest skid or throw certain number of pies to your opponents. Because it’s Garfield, we keep coming back to pies.

Garfield Kart: Fast and Furry is available for free download from the Google Play Store. However, there are in-app purchases available to make your gameplay easier but you can disable the feature as well if you don’t want to spend so easily on this game.

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VIA: Gamasutra

One More Line From SMG Studio Now on Google Play

Posted by wicked November - 21 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

One More Line, a new game from SMG Studio, is definitely my new favorite game. SMG rightly describes it as “a highly addictive, one button, space disco, skill timing game.”

The game starts by explaining when to tap to grapple onto oncoming objects. Tapping and holding will allow you to connect to the object and then spin around it until you release and quick taps let you quickly connect and then release to weave between objects. Once you connect with an object to grapple, you can fly through the wall, but releasing before you’re back in the corridor will cause you to lose.

The goal is to get as far as you can down the corridor without colliding into the wall or an object. Your score increases the longer you last, but stops increasing when you tap and hold to grapple and spin around an object. Once you’re spinning around it, you will need to time when to release in order to avoid hitting a wall or another object without grappling onto something else.

As you fly down the corridor your satellite shoots out three colors, which change depending on the color of the object you connect to, creating beautiful patterns that you can then save to your phone.

While the game itself is addicting, the soundtrack is just as addicting, keeping me wanting to play over and over. Between the good music, fun colors, ability to create random, and fun wallpapers provided, this game is definitely worth checking out.

It is free on Google Play with ads, which can be disabled with a $1 in-app purchase.

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One More Line From SMG Studio Now on Google Play is a post from: Droid Life

Award-winning Banner Saga comes to Android

Posted by wicked November - 21 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

If you like role playing games and Norse mythology, you’ve probably heard of The Banner Saga, a hugely popular video game that rated 82 out of 100 on Metacritic when it first came out. It is now making its way to your smartphone or tablet with the launch of its Android version and from the looks of it, it will just be as excellent as the original PC version.

The Viking-themed RPG relies on your strategy to drive your personal story troughout the game as you battle your way through the landscape of its Nordic world. You can choose from among 25 playable characters from 7 different classes, all with unique abilities that you can draw on and improve on as you upgrade them. It is actually the first game in a projected trilogy (see, even games have fallen into the trilogy fever) and is already showing promise of becoming a classic, at least in its genre.

Each decision you make while talking to other characters, traveling and especially when in combat will affect your story in this world. The combat sequences and animation were hand-drawn and look stunning, even in still images. There is beatiful music scored by Grammy-nominated composer Austin Wintory to accompany you the whole game as well.

The PC version of the game has received numerous awards including Best Indie Video Game, so you know that both the gameplay and the visuals are excellent. And if you’re a fan of RPGs on your mobile device, you probably wouldn’t bulk at this game’s price. You can buy Banner Saga from the Google Play Store for $11.99.

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