Sc0tt Games, who created The Ingenious Machine, Rocket Drop, and Tri-Strip, is about to release a brand new game called Chaos Ride. Set in the future, this racing game isn't like most others as "[b]raking, drifting, and cornering are all irrelevant". So in lieu of those things, racers will shift their weight (via careful positioning) and attempt to maximize the track to their advantage through things like the downhill gradients of the tubular track accelerating the speed of their hover bikes.
During yesterday's beginning of Google I/O 2014, Google decided to show off a demo video which displays the Unreal Engine 4 built game Rivalry running on Android. This is to show PC-class gaming on Android and, of course, in conjunction with Nvidia's upcoming Tegra K1 chipset.
Yesterday Google announced and previewed a new product called Android TV. Android TV is coming soon, both in set top box form, as well natively integrated in television sets. Among its other features like search and voice input, it is also capable of playing games. Google mentioned that this isn't a new platform, so much as they're now going to give televisions the same level of attention as phones and tablets, and there should now be a single SDK for all form factors, including TVs. This should allow developers to create games that play on Android TV with relative ease.
The Cartoon Network looks to continue the Monsters Ate My (insert whatever here) series on Android with the release of a new game soon called Monsters Ate My Birthday Cake. There is already two Monsters Ate My games on Android so this would make the Birthday Cake eating the third game. This will be a lot different than the previous two games though.
Yesterday was the keynote for Google's 2014 developer conference, Google I/O. They've touched on several topics, some of which have gaming relevant ramifications. For starters, with the next OS upgrade (currently called "L"), they touched on two things that will benefit gaming: graphics and battery life. With the former, Google demo-ed some game footage running on the Unreal 4 engine (which currently is for PCs). For the latter, Project Volta was announced to help slow down battery drain by showing users more information about where battery drain is going. While this isn't directly game-related, more juice means more gaming.
EA and PopCap have been busy lately working on an upcoming expansion for their Plants vs Zombies 2 game which will be called Dark Ages. The revealing of this new expansion happened yesterday with both companies coming together to make the announcement official. A trailer for the Dark Ages expansion was also released.
In an interesting partnership between MMO giant Nexon and Capcom, both companies are working to bring Street Fighter IV Arena to Android. This will be the first exclusively mobile Street Fighter title in the franchise. In fact the game has come along quite nicely as it is already in beta testing phase over in Korea.
Bulkypix has announced that they will be bringing their newly released (onto iOS) vertical shmup to Android in the near future. For those of you not familiar with the term "shmup", it just means shoot-em-up which is basically an arcade shooter, in this case one that scrolls vertically and not horizontally.
Qwiboo who? You may or may not be familiar with Qwiboo Ltd., a game developer based in London. If you have heard of an insanely popular game on IOS called Bike Baron, then you are more familiar with them than you think. Qwiboo created Bike Baron, which is a Trials (Motorcycle) type game that has been downloaded over five million times in the App Store.
Retro gaming is currently in vogue thanks to platforms such as Google Play, the Apple App Store and Steam. Countless classics have been resurrected on these new platforms, be they ports or HD remakes. The proliferation of retro titles certainly supports the claim. Over the past three years, a proliferation of retro titles have resurfaced such as Contra HD, Castle of Illusion HD, X-Men the Arcade game, Pac-Man, Sonic CD, Jet Set Radio, Final Fantasy III and many other venerable titles.
SEGA has partnered with Google to bring Android users two exclusive characters to the popular endless running game, Sonic Dash. For a limited time, Andy Android, the mascot for the Android operating system, is being featured as a playable character in Sonic Dash.