The dust has just about settled from Flappy Bird's viral success, a success so great it prompted its creator Dong Nguyen to pull it from Google's Playstore and Apple's App sore, and he's released another one.
Disney Tsum Tsum is a puzzle game that has been a success in Japan, and has now been available in the United States for about a month. As a Disney fan I was enticed by the Disney characters used in the game. As a jaded gamer I was skeptical of whether I would actually enjoy it or not, I'm not particularly thrilled by these kind of timed puzzle games. I was pleasantly surprised by my reaction.
So there are times where games look really promising, but once you give them enough time, you see how they don't come even close to you expectations. This is one of those times. When I first saw the game and trailer, I actually thought this looks pretty awesome, but as soon as I finished the abilitease (no typo here) tutorial, I immediately got the idea.
A quick glimpse of the Play store shows that there is no shortage of match 3 games or RPGs. This has been the case since the Play store launched, making it no surprise that the two genres were eventually mashed together.
Freemium titles are popular these days, well, because they're free. Add the enticing combination of Ninjas and Martial arts tournament fighting and the formula almost solves itself. It’s a cash cow. Shadow Fight 2 has garnered a whopping 5,000,000 downloads in less than half of a month, taking a sharp katana to the face of existing premium fighting titles already in the marketplace. The franchise's humble beginning started on facebook and had a very successful run on iOS devices, so the momentum was already primed for an Android release. Shadow Fight 2 eventually snuck its way onto Android to a not so stealthy response, but more akin to sake enriched Sumo wrestler in a China shop. So far for developers Nekki, Shadow Fight 2 has been a total success on the Android platform.
There's a new FPS out by Brutal Studio, the guys who brought us Epic Celeb Brawl, yep, I've never heard of them either. Heavy Shooter is a fixed FPS game, you have no movement and shoot from a fixed position on the map.
Batman Arkham Origins has just been released for Android and It's free. Batman is one of the more interesting DC heroes (not that that is much of an accolade), and I love NetherRealm's fighting games; so I immediately downloaded it. How does it play?
Phenomenally gifted is one way to describe Edson Arantes do Nascimento, also known as Pelé. After watching fifteen minutes of a documentary covering his dribbling, passing and scoring skills, I was amazed. Football’s (soccer) most well renowned player has arrived in the Play Store. Pelé: King of Football is the first game from mobile application design and development group Cosi Productions, based in New York. If you have enjoyed games like Flick Soccer! by Full Fat Games, you will definitely want to download this game. It is enjoyable and has plenty to offer.
Who knew that the runner genre of game play would become so popular? There is no shortage of runner type games in the Play Store. The game play is straightforward, your character is propelled ahead of you and all you have to do is either tap or swipe to stay alive. Terminus by Imaginary Computer takes things beyond the traditional game play and spins your environment around you as you are launched down a chamber. Guess what? It works.
In Heroes & Castles, Foursaken Media has created a genre blending game that is part Action-RPG, Strategy and Castle Defense. Either of those types of games individually can bring plenty of fun gaming, but put them together and you have a formula for success. Heroes and Castles has plenty to offer if you are willing to dive in for the long haul. In the name of your King who is near death, you must defend the castle gates.
Knock knock is an odd game. This makes for a difficult review. The first review that I had lined up was a glowing one as I was quite impressed with the effects the developers designed, as you'll read below. The second one I was going to write was much more negative, almost scathing, pointing out things that I felt the developers should've included in explaining the game better, after I encountering a sudden and unexpected "Game Over" that was without cause. This is my third take on the game, which will be a bit more balanced and include elements of both.