Back in May of last year we reported on a Kickstarter campaign for a platform, called Bloxels, where code-illiterate individuals can make games using a drag n’ drop system with a board game looking set of tools. This system basically allows you to set up each stage using a square area (game board) where you place different colored cubes into the spaces provided.
It’s time for another week of DroidGamers Deals over at our store. This week’s deals include the Martian Notifier Smartwatch, the Stencyle Game Development Bundle, and the Pay What You Want for the 2016 Complete Coder’s Bundle, all of which are discounted nicely.
Butterscotch Shenanigans has announced the official release date for their highly anticipated Crashlands game for mobile platforms. This game, which has been in the works for over 2 years now, will finally be getting released next month. That means there is still a bit of a wait left, but at least there is a definitive end to it.
The platform called Skillz, which allows developers to offer cash prizes for tournaments within their games as well as paying the prizes out, has pushed out an update that now offers cross-platform support. Developers using this platform will now be able to host tournaments across iOS and Android for cash prizes.
One of the features that Google Play has been seriously lacking since its inception was the ability to use promo codes. Apple’s iTune store allows developers to make promo codes to give out copies of their games and apps, but it is something that Android has been missing all this time. Well it appears that Google has finally added the ability for developers to make promo codes as well through the developer’s console.
There have been a few options over the past few years with bringing Android to desktop PCs. This usually comes in the form of an emulator you run on your PC over Windows, and not as an actual operating system. Jibe has been working on the exact opposite of an Android emulator for PC, and they have been working on making an actual Android OS to use with your computer.
Sony’s press conference this year at CES 2016 is probably going to focus a lot on the company’s upcoming Virtual Reality headset, the Playstation VR. As for mobile related goodness, there is a possibility we could see a new Android device announced. I’m personally going to say that instead of a new Android device, we will probably hear more about additional second screen technology being developed for Sony’s Android devices.
Another platform geared towards pre-launch registrations for Android games is now available on Google Play called EXP Game. Similar to Prelaunch.me, EXP Game allows users to browse through a variety of games that are currently in pre-registration status before it officially launches on Google Play.
Asus and AdBlock have teamed up to come up with a way to block advertisements on all future Android smartphones and tablets from Asus. This will be built into Android natively, but will only work with the default Android browser and not with third-party applications like Firefox and Chrome.
It’s time for another DroidGamers Deals post, and this time there’s three different ones we have. First, there is the complete Raspberry Pi 2 starter kit available for 85% off. Then there is the Stone River Academy Lifestime Subscription that is 92% off. Lastly, there is the Pay What You Want for a VPN Lifetime Subscription Bundle.