Dragon Slayer, a new Infinity Blade-esque game brought to us by Glu is yet another take on the “swipe, swipe, swipe, push a button, swipe, spend money” genre of gaming that seems to be the only thing I happen to have the misfortune of coming across on the Google Play market. Bear in mind that I come from a background of covering -- and loving -- independent titles, so covering games that are essentially re-skins of a game that came out years ago is a bit depressing.
Future Shooter is a futuristic 2D side-scrolling Beat-em up from Dancing Cat Development and released for Android in 2012. The game takes place in 2842 and you play the role of main enforcer for your gang. Your gang's operations are being disrupted by the other gangs, and as main enforcer, you take charge of the situation. Future Shooter is your standard side-scrolling street brawler, but this time it's set in the future. In the game, you have four classes to choose from: Punk, Ninja, Cyborg, and Soldier - one from each gang. All of these classes look different, but essentially play the same.
Any followers of DroidGamers will be aware of the existence of this PC indie classic that is now available on android. There are plenty of these ‘bullet hell’ shooters available from the market, but has Beat Hazard Ultra got an ace up its sleeve that separates it from them all? Let's find out shall we?
Online multiplayer shooters on Android are pretty uncommon. I personally liked N.O.V.A. 3, and there was Modern Combat 3 as well. Anyway, Madfinger Games, creators of games such as Shadowgun and Dead Trigger, have entered the mobile multiplayer shooting space as well with Shadowgun: Deadzone. The game is, in short, good – but just how good?
I’m supposed to explain to you what I thought about My Little Pony, a new adorable city-builder by Gameloft. I could make it really easy and say that it is a pretty charming, well-made city-builder and mini-game collection that is really nothing new. Sure, it has a nice pink coating of Pony magic all over it, but the mechanics have been seen a million times. This is par for the Gameloft course; they specialize in re-creation.
There are not many extreme sports games in the Play store that can even get close to what you can get on the consoles. Mike V Skateboard Party tries to correct that with a game that boast impressive graphics, simple touch controls and 4 reasonably sized levels to explore. So lets get on with this review.
I started off by playing Global Outbreak as I do with any other title I review. I download, start following the on-screen prompts and hope that the game doesn’t suck. I’ve got about a 50/50 chance that the game will be pretty good, and a very tiny chance of the game being magnificent. The problems with unoriginality and repeated design that have plagued MMORPGs and social games have infected mobile gaming as well. The simple truth is that most designers know more about coding than they do about making an original product that is also fun.
Miniclip has been doing casual games on the PC for a few years now, and it seems they are starting to spread on to the Android Play store. These games are strictly casual affairs, with simple, bright graphics, polished gameplay and best of all almost all of them are free to download. I have been through all their games and have put together my top 3 in no particular order from Miniclip giving each one a quick review.
As the Android world evolves, so does the content that is being released into the Play store. What was once a platform dominated by great casual games such as Cut the Rope and Dragon Fly, is now being taken over by the more 'hardcore' of games like Need for Speed, Shadowgun and Modern Combat. Controllers are being introduced and the Ouya is on the horizon. This is where I wish to go back to basics, highlighting the best casual games that deserve to be noticed and get them out of the shadows of the bigger budget games. Our first game is Backflip Madness by Gamesoul Studios.
The ‘Real-Time Strategy’ genre has never really flourished on Android with only a few titles of real note (Z Origins and Total War Battles to name a couple). I guess it makes sense with the fact that the most popular RTS games on the PC are mouse and keyboard driven. But with a mouse connected to my Nexus 7, I explored the Play store seeking an RTS game that could prove that this genre can be done right on an Android device. Robotic Planet RTS hit the mark perfectly.
In 1994 the original Theme Park was released and at the tender age of 7 it was one of my first PC games I owned. Just building amazing rides and attractions and being able to actually see them running made it an amazing experience. So has EA been able to replicate this feat on our beloved Android system?