The runner is a portable gaming genre that’s been recycled so heavily that it’s less of a dead horse and more of a stud genocide. It makes sense given the limitations of a touch screen that removing a directional pad would improve platform gaming. For every Temple Run, there’s countless droves of imitators or corporate tie-ins that bloat the market and give critics the right to say it’s not a legitimate gaming console.
Team Signal LLC, has recently delivered to the Google Play Store, a game that requires good hand eye coordination and incalculable dexterity when it comes to your fingers. Hyper Square is the latest twitch-quick type game to play on your Android device. If you like music, and levels that require memory, as well as speed in game play, then Hyper Square is a game that you should download. Just how fast can you hit that download button?
As we mentioned a few weeks back, Land Air Sea Warfare (LASW) is an RTS game that was originally released on desktops, followed by iOS, and eventually Android. After playing, and at times enjoying, LASW, this game isn't ready for "prime time". I have a soft spot for this genre, and this high hopes for this game. While the developer seems to have added some ways to make it easier to move masses of units quickly (a must on touch-based hardware such as phones and tablet), there are too many flaws and oversights to justify the In-App Purchasing price of $4.99.
Santa Ragione is a studio that is based in Milan, Italy. It was created by two friends, Pietro Righi Riva and Nicolo Tedeschi back in 2010. Their latest project Fotonica, is now available in the Google Play Store. We have had our eyes on this game for some time, since it was released on iOS last year. If you want to bypass the review, here's the short version, hit the download button!
When Oculus Rift first announced it was bringing virtual reality back into the ether of human consciousness, I immediately thought of the survival horror possibilities. The genre had just been given fresh legs thanks to indie hits like Amnesia and Outlast, and I knew VR could take it to the next level.
Limbo is a 2D side-scrolling game released by Playdead. The premise of the game is simple, bordering on basic: players assume the role of an unnamed boy searching for his sister who's apparently lost in Limbo. While this is fine enough of a reason (excuse?) to go off on a grand adventure, it isn't mentioned in the game at ALL, but rather pulled from the game's Google Play page. And to clarify this point, there was no prologue, cut scenes, epilogue, narration, subtitles, or any thing else that would advance a narrative. No story, but for the byline found on Google Play. The thing is though, this game is so good that I didn't care. Also, not only is this the closest thing I have to a complaint, it's my sole one at that.
If you’ve been living under a rock for the past year you probably haven’t heard of the mega hit Five Night’s At Freddy’s. Designed and created entirely by one man, this series explores the horrors of being a security guard in a Chuck’E’Cheese style restaurant while animatronic animals hunt you down. The first two games had similar gameplay mechanics that revolved around monitoring security camera’s while you waited for an impending jump scare. The third one is a different beast entirely.
Ketchapp Games is on a roll when it comes to finding quick and fun to play one-touch-button games. You don't have to look very far to find one in the top twenty-five in the Play Store. Games like The Tower, ZigZag, Skyward and Run Bird Run, are just a few of the enjoyable one-tap challenging games, that they have helped bring to Android mobile devices.
The latest game to receive a companion app for a console game is Evolve: Hunters Quest. Evolve is a 4 versus 1 multiplayer FPS/Third Person Shooter hybrid, that is now available for XBox One, PS4 and on Steam. The game is designed by Turtle Rock Studios, the creators of Left for Dead, and published by 2K Games. The 4 versus 1 multiplayer aspect is unique in that you can choose to be one of four hunters, or the beast in the game that is being hunted. The companion app Evolve: Hunters Quest, is a collaboration between 2K Games and Cat Daddy Studios. What is the companion app game play comprised of? Believe it or not, it is a match-3 type puzzle game, but it is one of the best I have encountered.
Originally created by Rob Dougherty (Co-founder of Ascension) and Darwin Kastle, Star Realms is a card game that has been digitally converted to Android. Star realms is a fairly simple card game with a SciFi setting. This was the first time I've played a digital card game. Having enjoyed CCGs/LCGs/TCGs for years (I love even the smell of new cards... you die-hards will know what I mean), I was curious as to how the experience would translate to a touch screen. For the uninitiated, the idea is that you and your opponent(s) have a deck of cards that are custom to the game being played, with a framework of rules that cards can expand upon, as well as the cards taking the place of pieces, counters, and often times a board (such is the case here).
Are you a fan of puzzle games? If you are, maybe you should take a look at a unique game called Hook. It is an engaging minimalist puzzle game from game developer Maciej Targoni (Rainbow Train), who lives in Miedzylesie, Poland. The game first appeared on Kongregate, which is an online games hosting website, that is owned by Gamestop Corporation. Maciej created a five minute sample of Hook on Kongregate. Because of its popularity (The game received 200k downloads.) and requests for more, Maciej created Hook which is now available on Android, iOS, Windows Phone, and has been Greenlit on Steam.