The BAFTA award winning indie platformer Thomas Was Alone is now available on Android and iOS. The game garnered critical acclaim for its PC, Mac, and PS3 editions, and is now promising the same emotional journey to mobile gamers.
Unlike many recent indie platformers that focus on bringing back the 80s style challenging gameplay, Thomas Was Alone focuses on keeping things simple. A majority of the fifty levels in the game are simple enough for even the most casual gamers to enjoy. The protagonist of this game is Thomas – a self-aware AI created accidentally. Thomas is represented as a simple red rectangle, and all he can do is move and jump. Over the course of his journey he meets up with other AIs, who are also represented as quadrilaterals. By combining each character’s unique ability you need to traverse each level and reach the portal that’ll take you to the next one.
Mike Bithell – the creator of the game, introduces enough variations and novelties to keep you engaged till the end, but the gameplay is still fairly basic. What elevates this game to greatness is the atmosphere. Thomas’ journey is expertly narrated by Danny Wallace, whose humorous and quirky comments establish an emotional connect that’ll leave you thinking about the game long after you have finished it. David Housden’s minimalistic background composition suitable complements the level design and the narration.
I played the Android version of the game and did notice one annoying issue with the port. The option for switching between the characters is on the left and right edges of the screen, which makes it very easy to accidentally hit the Home button. Switching between characters requires too much attention and precision and often distracts you from the game. Hopefully, the developers will tweak the control scheme to address this issue. Other than this the game worked flawlessly, without any performance issues.
The game is available during this weekend at a 33% discounted price of $3.99, which is a steal for a game of this calibre. To make the deal even sweeter, the Bossa Studios has included the Benjamin’s Flight DLC pack with twenty additional levels in the mobile version of the game. Thomas Was Alone is a mesmerizing experience that I can’t recommend enough.
After teasing us for several weeks, Rovio has finally released Angry Birds Star Wars. Angry Birds Star Wars is a peculiar mashup of one of the most popular movie franchises of all time with one of biggest gaming franchises of the recent past.
Angry Birds Star Wars features gameplay elements from both classical Angry Birds and Angry Birds Space, but pushes both of them to the next level. Your favorite birds have been re-dressed keeping in mind the Star Wars universe and can now emit force fields, wield light-sabers, and shoot bullets.
As always, there are plenty of varied levels to keep you hooked. Rovio promises more than 80 levels in various Star Wars inspired locations like Tatooine and the Pig Star. To conquer these levels, you will have to dodge Imperial pigs, laser turrets, Tusken Raider pigs, and the dark side of the Force.
Angry Birds Star Wars costs $0.99 on iOS for the iPhone version and $2.99 for the iPad version. The Android version is free, but has advertisements. If you want to get rid of the ads, you can get rid of them through $0.99 in-app purchase. Interestingly enough, Rovio is also offering something called Angry Birds Star Wars HD for $2.99, which looks just like the other Android version sans the ads. Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 editions can be purchased from respective Stores for $4.99. It is also available on PC for $4.95, and on Mac for $4.99.
Today is the last day of Google’s 25 cent sale in lieu of the company celebrating 25 billion app downloads on the Play Store. The apps and games on sales in the last four days ranged from pretty awesome to some pretty lesser known games and live wallpapers. Some notable apps that were worth buying and went on sale in the last four days included Camera Zoom FX, Where’s My Perry, Cut The Rope, Endomondo Pro and Cogs.
Today is the last day of the sale, and thankfully, it contains some really popular apps that very rarely go through a price reduction or on sale.
Some must buy apps in the list include Nova Launcher Prime, Horn, Great Big War Game and the Dark Knight Rises. Make sure you have a decently powerful Android device with tons of storage space before you buy The Dark Knight Rises and Horn though. The latter is especially optimized for Tegra phones, and was only recently released on the Play Store with ravishing reviews.
As an Android device owner, I must say these yearly sales from Google are a great way to get people to buy apps. At such a tempting price, it just becomes hard to resist some quality apps in the Play Store.
Halfbrick Studios is known for releasing some high quality games including Fruit Ninja and Age of Zombies. The company has released much more games for the iOS AppStore than on the Play Store, but is slowly bringing some of its successful titles from the former to the latter.
Back in August, Halfbrick released Jetpack Joyride for Android users, but the game was available as a free download only via the Amazon AppStore. Today, the exclusivity of the game has ended and Halfbrick has released the game on the Play Store for free. Time for some fun-filled adventure with Barry Streakfries, eh? Head over to this link to install the game for free.
In other Android related gaming news, Ubisoft has finally released its hit iOS title – Rayman Jungle Run – on the Play Store. The game has excellent graphics, and an even excellent gameplay to keep the player addicted. The game can be purchased from the Play Store for $2.99.
Lastly, Rovio released its much anticipated game – Bad Pigges – on the iOS and Android App Stores. For a change, it is nice to see Rovio not release another Angry Birds like game. Bad Piggies combines the gameplay of Rovio’s Amazing Alex and Angry Birds, with the usual colorful graphics as seen in other games from the company, to make for one addictive game. The game is free to download but has some in-app purchases, which thankfully do not affect the gameplay of the user at all.
Below are the list of apps and games that have gone on sale, along with my suggestion if you should buy them or not -:
Granny Smith – The game was recently released on the Play Store, and if you have not purchased it yet, now is the time. Highly recommended!
Draw Something – Ever since Zynga acquired Draw Something, the game’s popularity has gone down substantially. Since Draw Something is a multiplayer game, check with your friends before buying this game. I will recommend readers to skip the game even at this tempting price.
Asphalt 7: Heat – Gameloft: Check. Huge download size (1.37GB): Check. Drool worthy graphics: Check. Tempting price: Check. What are you waiting for then? Go ahead and buy Asphalt 7!
Tasks: One of the best Task management apps available in the Play Store, with Holo theme and expandable notifications for Jelly Bean users. Must buy!
OfficeSuite HD: For me, OfficeSuite HD ranks second only to QuickOffice in the best mobile office on-the-go app. There is only a single version of the app that is optimized for phones as well as for tablets. Buy!
Ocean HD – If you are into live wallpapers, then go ahead and buy this live wallpaper. I usually don’t use live wallpapers since they tend to slow down the phone, so if you are a new user, I will recommend you to stay away.
Cloud and Sheep Premium – If you have a little one around who loves to play games on your phone, then buy this game. Else don’t!
runtastic Pro – I am personally an Endomondo user, but runtastic is an excellent alternative to Endomondo, especially at this price.
The Dark Knight Rises hit the theaters’ this Friday and has been wowing people with its storyline, script and action scenes. The Dark Knight Rises marks the end of the Batman trilogy from Christopher Nolan, and the movie could not have had a better ending.
To fill your thirst for some more Batman action post the movie, Gameloft released the official game of the movie – The Dark Knight Rises – on the Play Store and iOS AppStore this friday. The Android version of the game is around 1.8GB in size, and costs $6.99. Like any other Gameloft game, TDKR has stunning graphics and a above average gameplay and controls. When the game was initially released, it did not work with most of the popular Android devices including the Nexus 7 and Galaxy S3. Thankfully, since then Gameloft has updated it to add support for both the devices.
Another welcoming news for Android gamers is that Madfinger has finally released their huge first update for Dead Trigger. They also added a surprise with this update, by making the game completely free to play compared to its earlier price of $0.99. The game still has in-app purchases for weapons, but this does hamper your progress in the game at any cost. The iOS version of the game still costs $0.99 though.
Today, the Evernote team has released an updated for its Android app that brings with it a re-designed UI for tablets, a new note view and other enhancements.
The new tablet interface homescreen is similar to the one as seen on phone’s but optimized for the bigger screen. There is also a new list view for tablet users, new swipe interactions, save the location data related to a note whenever possible, and the ability to create sublists. The whole change-log can be found at Evernote’s official blog. The update is already live in the Google Play Store and can be downloaded for free.
A couple of weeks ago, Square Enix released Final Fantasy II on the Google Play Store for a whopping $16. Today, they have finally released Lara Croft and The Guardian Of The Light on the Play Store. The game was initially supposed to be available for Android device last year in November, but got delayed by 8 months for some strange reason.
As of now, the game is available exclusively only to three Xperia handsets from Sony, the Xperia Ion, Xperia S and the Xperia Play and at a discounted price of $1.29 instead of its full price of $2.99.
After the success of highly popular Angry Birds game, Finnish game maker Rovio finally launched the much awaited Amazing Alex. Back in May, Rovio acquired the popular iOS game, Casey’s Contraptions from creator Noel Llopis. The recently launched Amazing Alex is nothing but the rebranded version of the Casey’s Contraptions. The Amazing Alex is currently available only for iPhone, iPad and Android devices. Rovio has also promised to launch this game for Windows Phone, Mac and PC in the coming weeks.
Petri Järvilehto, EVP of Games, Rovio, said:
“We’re so excited for our fans to meet Amazing Alex. We’ve taken out time polishing a fantastic game and believe we’re created something fun and accessible for all ages. We’ve had a lot of fun with the game, and we can’t wait to see what our fans come up with!”
Amazing Alex is a basically a physics puzzle game that stars a smiling blond boy named Alex, who creates amazing chain reactions to get the job done with the maximum amount of fun. Amazing Alex has a set of 35 interactive objects. You can set up these objects to bounce, pop, bash and crash into each other and create a Rube Goldberg device.
This game consists of 100 challenging levels across four fun-filled locations. Android users can download the free, premium and HD version for $0, $0.99 and $2.99 respectively. On the other hand, iPhone and iPad owners can download the premium version for $0.99 and $2.99 respectively. Check out the official launch trailer below.
Angry Birds for Samsung Smart TVs:
Apart from the launch of Amazing Alex, we have good news for the Angry Birds fans and Samsung Smart TV owners. Samsung recently announced that it will bring the extremely popular Angry Birds game to its line of Smart TVs. This game will take advantage of Samsung’s Smart TV SDK that supports gesture controls and voice interaction. The latest version of Angry Birds is compatible only with Samsung’s ES7000, ES8000 and ES9000 Smart TVs. The owners of these televisions can download Angry Birds from Samsung TV app store. This game is expected to launch by the end of this month.
MADFINGER Games are known to release some of the most popular and quality games in the Play Store including Shadowgun and Samurai II: Vengeance. The company has now released a new zombie killing FPS on the Play Store, Dead Trigger. The company has teased us the game a couple of months ago, and had released the iOS counterpart of the game just last week. The Android version of the game was supposed to be released on 2nd July, but some last minute bug-fixes delayed the release by a day.
The story-line of the gameplay is as follows -:
In 2012 modern civilisation is coming to an end. Global economics have been disrupted, money has lost its value. People have risen against the ignorant politicians who were just lining their pockets – and they didn’t spare any of them.
However, those who really ruled the world were prepared – and escaped. Suddenly billions of people died from a strange virus, while others turned into butcherly beasts with just one thought:
Only a few people on the planet have survived, at least until they run out of ammo… or learn how to stop them…”
Smash hordes of bloodthirsty zombies * Secure vital supplies * Save other survivors * Protect the Safe Haven * Explore the city * and uncover the provoking truth in this intense FPS action game!
I have been playing the game over the last 24 hours on my Galaxy Nexus, and while the storyline of the game takes a backseat while a user goes on a zombie-killing spree. Dead Trigger is available for only $0.99 in the Play Store, but be warned that theere are some in-app purchases in the game as well. Unlike the previous games from the company, this time there is only a single version of the game even for Tegra powered devices. The Tegra powered Android devices however will get some other graphic effects including water simulation and spectacular ragdoll.
MADFINGER Games has also two of their other games on Android for sale – Shadowgun and Samurai II: Vengeance – at only $0.99. If you have not already purchased these games, this is probably the best time to do so.
If you are an Android gamer, today is your lucky day! Two hot gaming titles have finally landed on the Google Play store for Android gamers to waste their weekend on.
First and foremost, Gameloft has released the official Spiderman game for Android devices in the Play store just a day before the movie hit the theaters, at least in India. The company had teased Android gamers around the world with the a teaser video of the game nearly a month ago. ‘The Amazing Spider-man’ is a typical Gameloft game with great visuals, utterly complex controls and a huge download size of nearly 600MB. The game supports all the popular Android phones out there, and is available for $6.99.
If The Amazing Spiderman was not enough to fill your gaming hunger, Final Fantasy III from Square Enix. I won’t bother with introducing you to the game, since chances are you must have already heard and played it during your childhood. The Android version of Final Fantasy features new and improved 3D visuals and story sequence, intuitive touch controls for smartphones and other enhancements. The bad news? The game costs a whopping 16$, which is probably the highest price for a game I have ever seen in the Play store.