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XCOM: Enemy Unknown Released for Android, Takes up Only 3.6GB of Storage on Your Device

Posted by Tim-o-tato April - 24 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off
XCOM: Enemy Unknown Released for Android, Takes up Only 3.6GB of Storage on Your Device


The award winning PC and Console Strategy Game of the Year, XCOM: Enemy Unknown is now available for Android through Google Play. The game is set in the future, as a group of military personnel called XCOM, battle an alien army that features weapons of untold power.

You play as the commander of XCOM, tasked with creating fully operational bases, discovering alien technologies, planning and coordinating attack missions, and leading assaults against alien forces. To sum it up, you are Earth’s last hope for survival, so don’t screw it up. 

The game is priced at $9.99, but the price is actually quite decent. Considering the work that went into creating the game and its graphics, there is no doubt you can easily get your money’s worth from XCOM. What helps justify the price is that there are no in-app purchases, which should make a few of you happy.

Below you can watch the trailer for this game, however its for the iOS release. But don’t worry, the Android version is the exact same.

Play Link ($9.99)

XCOM: Enemy Unknown Released for Android, Takes up Only 3.6GB of Storage on Your Device is a post from: Droid Life

XCOM: Enemy Unknown invading Android soon

Posted by wicked April - 24 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

Avid gamers on both PC and Android might have something to chew on very soon. XCOM has announced that its turn-based sci-fi strategy/tactics game will soon be landing on Android, having made its way to the PC, consoles, and iOS.

XCOM: Enemy Unknown is the present-day successor to the original hit game XCOM. The game combined the genres of turn-based combat, tactical management, and role-playing character building in a sci-fi setting. Players take on the role of a commander who builds up a squad of soldiers trained to fight an alien invasion. While the plot might be straightforward, the actual gameplay is definitely more sophisticated than that. The game was quite popular for letting players level up their minions, equip them with skills and equipment, build up emotional attachment to them, only to have them die in the middle of a mission. Yes, perma-death is big part of the XCOM experience, not just for you but for your the squad as well.

The remake of the game garnered some positive reviews since its release on the PC and major consoles in 2012. The game was later ported to mobile last year, but was only available on iOS devices, which is unfortunately always the case. However, an Android port has always been on the plate and now the developers are close to serving up the game. No actual release date has been hinted yet, but, considering how long fans have been waiting for an Android version, a few more days probably wouldn’t hurt. Presuming it’s just a few more days.

XCOM: Enemy Unknown will be available on both Google Play Store and Amazon Appstore. The rumored $10 price tag, however, might be a disappointment, although it actually has a much higher $19.99 price on iOS. Those who already own the game on PCs might be discouraged from making yet another huge purchase. But, depending on the quality of the port, this game might be a good title for first-time owners to grab.

SOURCE: @XCOM

Google Play Stores holds Spring Premium Game Sale

Posted by wicked April - 23 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

Spring is in the air and Google wants you to remember that fact by holding another one of its sales focusing on game content. In this round, quite a number of premium games have slashed their normal prices to a range starting from $1 to just $4.

It is normal for Google to hold such kinds of sales, usually to mark changes in the season. The last one, however, was done just last month to celebrate the 2nd birthday of Google Play Store, the name, not the app marketplace, which has definitely existed long before that. But while that sale was a mishmash of different types of content available from Google, this round focuses squarely on the interactive entertainment kind.

This premium sale collection covers a wide range of genres, ranging from your usual casual mobile games to full-fledged action games. You have the reverse tower defense Anomaly 2 running for only $0.99 along with physical puzzler The Room, which, by the way, is also part of the current Humble Mobile Bundle 5. Adventure game classic Broken Sword: Director’s cut is also part of the deal at the same $0.99. Interestingly, The Dark Knight Rises is in that same price range as well. Higher up the price ladder you get NBA 2K14, bringing the popular sports title for only $2.99. At the top rung with a $3.99 price tag is the Android port of Shadowrun Returns, a turn-based strategy adventure game that interestingly blends the themes of cyberpunk and fantasy.

There’s no telling until when the sale will last, so best grab the titles that tickle your fancy. Of course, the games are restricted by region so some games or even the discounted prices might not be available in all countries.

SOURCE: Google

Google hosting Spring Google Play sale on several premium games

Posted by wicked April - 23 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

Google Play premium game sale

Google is hosting a big sale on some popular games on the Play Store right now, offering top titles at a pretty big discount. Games like Gameloft’s The Dark Knight Rises, Need for Speed, and 10000000 are on sale for a buck, and others like NBA 2k14 have dipped to around 3 dollars.

If you’ve been itching for a new game to play on your commute in the mornings, hit the link below to take advantage of the deals.

source: Google Play

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Humble Mobile Bundle 5 sweetens the deal with three more titles

Posted by wicked April - 23 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

With just about 6 days more to go before its latest Humble Mobile Bundle 5 campaign ends, Humble Bundle is unsurprisingly expanding the catalog with three more titles. Included in this list is the very first R-Type, cutesy Paper Monsters, and a wacky Enviro-Bear 2010.

Paper Monsters is a traditional 2D platformer reminiscent of games like Mario and its ilk. What gives the game a distinct flair is the judicious use of high-quality 3D graphics. The plot is quite simple, if not cliché. You are a hero, one made of cardboard, out to save the world from, you guessed it, paper bad guys. Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be any game mechanic that exploits the paper nature of our characters, which could have added to the game’s allure.

R-Type is a port of the 1987 shoot ‘em up classic that has endeared itself to the arcade gamers of that generation. You’ll see the staples of space-themed adrenaline-pumping shoot ‘em up games, like a variety of power ups, screens filled with enemies, and a funky retro soundtrack. With the addition of R-Type, you can now claim both the original and its sequel, for the right price, of course.

Enviro-Bear 2010 gives you the ultimate reason why these ursine mammals should never be allowed to drive. This game is like GTA, except for bears. And with less violence. And with less graphics. The aim is simple. Drive through the forest, hitting stuff, preferably ponds and bushes, in order to get fish and berries that you can chow down. You can also grab anything else that falls down on your dashboard and throw them out again. Oh, and watch out for other bears who are also driving around with the same intent. Once your appetite is satiated, you are directed to hibernate, in which case you drive off into your bear cave to sleep. In your car, of course.

The average to beat right now stands at $5.22, and it will probably still rise in the next few days so grab them while the price is still low. As before, you also get access to the soundtrack of some of those games, and get to donate your money to charity as well. Since these games will be on Android, be sure to have the Humble Bundle beta app installed in order to claim your rewards.

Download: Humble Bundle (beta) on Google Play Store
SOURCE: Humble Bundle

Humble Mobile Bundle 5 Gets Three More Games

Posted by wicked April - 22 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off
Humble Mobile Bundle 5 Gets Three More Games


In case the great cause and game selection of the Humble Mobile Bundle 5 did not quite win you over when it went live, you will now have three more games to play, as long as you pay more than the average price (currently sitting at $5.21). Paper Monsters, R-TYPE, and Enviro-Bear 2010 will be joining other great titles such as The Room Two, Carcassonne, and R-TYPE 2, so if you have not bought into the bundle yet, now would be a good time to do so.

Paper Monsters is an adventure through a world made of paper, cardboard, and cotton balls, as you listen to the game’s sweet soundtrack and take in the graphics. In Enviro-Bear 2010, you eat as a bear until you are fat enough to drive yourself into hibernation. And finally, in R-TYPE, you will find an old-school, shoot-em-up style game with bosses and tough enemies.

The Humble Mobile Bundle 5 will be around for a little less than one more week, expiring on April 29 at 11AM Pacific.

You can purchase it right over here.

Via: Humble Mumble

Humble Mobile Bundle 5 Gets Three More Games is a post from: Droid Life

Google Play Hosting Premium Game Sale, Top Titles for 50% Off

Posted by Tim-o-tato April - 22 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off
Google Play Hosting Premium Game Sale, Top Titles for 50% Off


Google is currently hosting a big Premium Games sale over on Google Play, your one stop shop for all things related to Android apps, games, movies, books, and more. For a limited time, you can pick up a few top titles for 50% or more off of the original price, allowing you to get more fun, for less cash.

A few titles which should be no-brainers for most of you, that I also highly recommend, are Out There, Need for Speed: Most Wanted, The Room Two, Sprinkle Islands, and Contre Jour. Seriously, if you have not tried any of those, get on it.

Check out the full list of games on sale below. 

Get ‘em while they are hot, folks!

Google Play Hosting Premium Game Sale, Top Titles for 50% Off is a post from: Droid Life

Check Out Don’t Tap the White Tile Game on Google Play

Posted by Tim-o-tato April - 21 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off
Check Out Don’t Tap the White Tile Game on Google Play


Games that are quick and to the point are perfect for mobile devices, since they are easy to pick up and then put down. The newest game to catch my attention is Don’t Tap the White Tile, a game which tests your hand-eye coordination to the max. 

The goal is quite simple – just tap the black tile which is closest to the bottom of the screen, and then make your way up as fast as possible. As the title mentions, do not tap the white tiles or you have to start all over. On top of the Classic mode, there are also an Arcade mode and Zen mode, which offer different gameplay types if you so choose.

Once you think you have scored a good round, challenge your friends using Google Play Game Services which are included in the game.

The game is free to download, which is awesome, so go grab it off of Google Play.

Play Link

Check Out Don’t Tap the White Tile Game on Google Play is a post from: Droid Life

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Back in September of last year, EA ran into a bit of controversy over Plants vs Zombies 2, when an exec reportedly admitted that Apple had paid the company a ton of money to delay the Android launch. Later it was reported that the unnamed executive had really said something to this effect, but it had been meant as a joke.

Now according to a new report from the Wall Street Journal, we learn that while money might not have changed hands, that doesn’t mean an exclusivity deal wasn’t reached. WSJ’s sources that are “familiar with the situation” claim Apple has been working hard to woo game developers into releasing titles to iOS ahead of Android.

Apple has been working hard to woo game developers into releasing titles to iOS ahead of Android.

What’s the incentive for developers, if not cash? In the case of games like Plants vs Zombies 2, the game was featured prominently in the app store in exchange for a delayed Android release, giving it more views in the AppStore and potentially more downloads. Another example of a game that reached a similar marketing/advertising agreement was ZeptoLab’s Cut the Rope 2 — which arrive to iOS in December but didn’t hit Android until March.

Why exclusivity matters for Apple

In the video game market, both full and timed exclusives are rather common. For developers, there are usually monetary or promotional/marketing advantages, and for the console maker exclusives can make their system seem more desirable when compared to the competition.

For Apple, having key exclusives not only allows the company to attract gamers interested in getting into the action ‘right away’, it also helps Apple continue to feed the false perception that Android is harder to developer for due to fragmentation and other “Android problems”. After all, a gamer will see apps hitting iOS months ahead of Android, and may assume there must be ‘technical reasons’ for such delays.

Having key exclusives helps Apple feed the false perception that Android is harder to develop for.

As Google Android continues to increase its marketshare (representing 80% of smarphones shipped in 2013), Apple is losing the war. This is why it is important to keep alive the idea that Android is less secure, more fragmented and has a weaker library of apps, as it gives Apple an edge when it comes to mindshare.

Now to be fair, there was a time when all of these above points were completely valid.

In terms of app development, Android has traditionally been harder to develop for, in large part due to the shear amount of screen sizes, resolutions, processors and Android versions that developers had to account for. As time has gone by, however, Android’s development tools have improved making this less of an issue than it once was.

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Google strikes back

Before you start shaking that stick at Apple in anger, it’s important to mention that WSJ reports Google is also working to form exclusive arrangements with app developers. WSJ also mentions that Amazon has been working to bring timed exclusives and even full exclusives to its AppStore as well, in an attempt to lure consumers into buying Kindle-branded tablets and simply installing the App Store on their existing Android devices.

Of course, game and app exclusives probably don’t have quite as big of an impact on what devices consumers buy as it does in the world of home and portable gaming consoles. Still, this could change in time, especially as mobile games become increasingly more advanced.

What do you think, how important is gaming to your Android experience? For those that also own Apple devices, does the company’s tendency to get games first one of the reasons you own an iPad or iPhone? Let us know what you think in the comments below.








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Games seen to be the next warzone for mobile platform exclusivity

Posted by wicked April - 21 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

Now that a good number of popular apps are mostly available on multiple mobile operating systems, or their users expect them to be, platform makers such as Google, Apple, and Amazon are looking for the next big opportunity to pull in new users or keep old ones from jumping ship. Now they’ve seen the next battlefield for buyers’ hearts and money: games.

When Plants vs Zombies 2 came out exclusively on iOS months before Android, there was talk of how Apple offered EA some sweet deals to make the hit game exclusive to Apple’s platform before any other. While both parties naturally denied such rumors, it, apparently, wasn’t the first and only case. And it’s not even that unusual. Other game developers and publishers, such ZeptoLabs of Cut the Rope fame or distributor Gameloft have implied as much. And there are no signs that things are going to change any time soon.

We’ve seen such kind of business before, particularly in consoles and handhelds, though fortunately there are those whose profit goals are greater than any platform exclusivity can offer. And games are a good fit for such offers. Games are harder to develop than most mobile apps. They are also harder to port from one platform to another, practically forcing most developers, especially small-sized ones, to capitalize on a single platform as much as they can. And what better way to do that than accepting an offer of free promotion, marketing, and whatnot, in exchange for shunning a good portion of the market. Some analysts believe that people who love a game enough will switch over to the platform that best supports it.

In the past, Apple has had the lion’s share of such exclusive titles, primarily because it was first on the scene and its ecosystem is, admittedly, quite tight. Android fragmentation, both in OS and especially in hardware, has been one of the biggest banes of mobile game development. That, however, is changing, with Android consolidating on its versions as well as its tools. But Google and Apple might have another contender to worry about, and its not Microsoft. Amazon has also been seeking exclusive deals with game developers in the past, but now it’s stepping up its game. Its purchase of game developer Double Helix and its launch of the Fire TV proves that it has an eye on that pie and is ready to fight for it.

SOURCE: Wall Street Journal

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