When I was younger, one of my favourite games on my Gamecube was Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time. And maybe it’s out of a sense of nostalgia, but I even saw the movie (it was terrible). That being said, I never got a chance to try out the much-heralded original 2D PoP game. It was always on my todo list, but I never found the time.
That’s why I jumped at the chance to take a look at Prince of Persia: The Shadow and the Flame when I saw it on Google Play. In this 2.5D renditioning of the classic sequel, the prince is taking on the evil Jaffar once more. The plot is ludicrous and apparently a forced retreading of the original, but there’s always more to a game than the storyline and I eagerly took this opportunity to explore one of my favourite video game character’s earlier roots. Read on for my thoughts on the remake.
I guess that most people in their twenties probably cringe at the thought of games that are ‘suitable for all ages’, and wouldn’t be caught dead playing a game with graphics geared towards children. For those of you who fall into that category (myself from two weeks ago included), I say to you, awake, arise and embrace the joys of all things innocent! Or, at the very least, try playing Little Things® Forever.
Easily one of the most fun casual games I’ve played in a long time, KlickTock’s Android debut is a delightful free puzzler in the vein of Where’s Waldo?, that has players finding tiny objects in a mess of hundreds of them. Beautifully illustrated and presented, this is a treat for the whole family — just be prepared to wait your turn once they’re all hooked!
A year or two ago I was of the opinion that games for Android would never be more than a bad PSP emulation attempt. I didn’t believe touchscreen phones and tablets could ever allow a gaming experience beyond fun and quirky titles such as Angry Birds or Temple Run – only something to kill time on the bus. I was, rather obviously, wrong.
Modern Combat 3: Fallen Nation, which is developed by Gameloft, is one of the recent titles that helped me overcome my prejudice about Android gaming. The first person shooter’s (FPS) story takes place in the US during a fictional invasion by a combination of Asian armies. With enemy troops already patrolling major cities such as Chicago and LA, it’s up to our small crew of tactical fighters to turn the tide.
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There are many racing games available on Android, and I’ve had hours of fun with my collection of them. But, sadly, none aim to be a realistic racing game; they’re all arcade games or kart racers. I’m an avid racing fan: I follow Formula 1, watch Top Gear, and play far too much Gran Turismo on my PlayStation. And while installing Race of Champions I knew Gran Turismo was going to be the game I benchmarked ROC against.
On the Play Store its developer talks about “precisely recreated tracks” and the game’s stunning details, with input from some influential people involved in the running of the real Race of Champions. The game had a lot to live ve up to – so needless to say I was looking forward to it.
If you have any friends with an iPhone or iPad, then you’ve heard of Temple Run. In the unbelievably addicting game, you control a man named Guy Dangerous who is running away from demon monkeys after stealing an idol from a temple. The player must navigate the pathway while dodging obstacles and picking up coins to buy powerups.
The smash iOS hit has finally made its way to Android. Let’s check it out and see whether it lives up to the hype.
Electornic Arts has slam dunked NBA Jam onto Android and I couldn’t be happier! They have kept a lot of the elements of the original console game as well as adding some features that will be brought forth soon enough. I really just couldn’t believe it when I first saw this, and having to wait till I hit my WiFi to download it (it’s over 300MB) just added to my anticipation.
This 2v2 arcade basketball is just like the one you remember playing as a kid – but, simply put, better! Everything I enjoyed from the console versions is here, from the same announcer to the high jumping blocks. The thing that made this game so unique and fun was that there were really no fouls, free-throws or violations except for the 24 second shot clock and the goal tending. Everything else is fair game and it’s a bull rush of high flying antics to the finish.
There are few people who have not heard of the Sonic game series. The world’s favourite blue hedgehog was introduced over 20 years ago, has been the star of dozens of games, and been featured in yet more.
One of his earlier games was Sonic CD, which became world renowned soon after it came out in 1993, and has remained a cult classic title today. As the original release was only playable on the Sega CD – a Genesis add-on bought by about 15% of Genesis console owners – it has not received quite as much mainstream attention as Sonics 1, 2, 3, and Knuckles.
It’s been ported a couple of times since then: to PC in 1996, and to PS2 and GameCube in 2005. Over the past few months, Sega has released an updated and enhanced version of the game to PSN, Steam, iOS, Windows Phone, and of course Android. Sega has slipped up with previous ports, but have they succeeded here?
I’m not a frequent gamer. It’s not that I don’t like playing games – who doesn’t? – but my lower end Android device limits my choices down to games I usually don’t feel are worth my precious time.
So when I find a game that works on my device and is absolutely entertaining, it’s a keeper. Fantasy Kingdom Defense is one of the few games that I’m thankful to have come across. It’s fun, challenging enough and has a lot of personality.
Many of you enthusiastic mobile gamers will have heard of EDGE, the critically-acclaimed iOS game. The developers have recently not only ported this to Android, but also released its successor, EDGE Extended. What does this game have to offer that the first one didn’t, and is it in any way an improvement? Read on to find out…