Another incredibly popular iOS game has been ported to Android! Osmos HD puts you in control of a biological mote that is drifting aimlessly through space. Your task is to keep it alive, and destroy all the competing motes. Sounds like a classic formula, but how does the gameplay hold up?
There is no shortage of puzzle games in the Android Market, including a whole bunch of Bejeweled wannabes. The tried and tested gameplay of matching colored objects towards a variety of objectives can be pretty addictive if done well. Unfortunately, it’s a tired formula now, and finding good games that bring a fresh perspective to the sub-genre are rare to come by.
Wiz Kid Jr is a fairly new game that tries to do exatly that: take the tried and tested formula and add some interesting twists to it. I have no clue why they decided to call it that, but it doesn’t really matter I guess. The real question is, does it succeed at maintaining the balance between complexity and accessibility well enough? (more…)
Gaming on Android has always seemed to lag behind that of the iOS but has recently begun to gain momentum with the launch of dual core devices and support from platforms, such as EA Games and OpenFeint, bringing more polished gaming to the platform. Although many of these games are limited to specific hardware (looking at you Tegra Zone) there have also been quite a few iOS gems ported to Android, one being Mika Mobile’s Battleheart. So, how does this medieval RPG fare on Android? Let’s find out.
Business simulation tycoon games have been around for a while. The idea of letting users manage the various aspects of a business in order to successfully achieve goals lends itself to some seriously immersive gaming. Unfortunately, the sheer complexity and learning curve keeps most games in this genre from gaining mass appeal. Very few tycoon games succeed in maintaining the balance between approachability and complexity. Game Dev Story by Kairosoft is one such gem.
In Game Dev Story, the game developers put you in their own shoes, tasking you with running a game development studio, building games and keeping your fans happy for decades. You would think a game development team would know what goes in building a successful gaming business. They do indeed, and execute the concept with great energy, a fine eye for detail and some very subtle but unmistakable humor to boot.
Sports car enthusiasts often compare cars based on their straight-line performance, and while there’s much more to them than simply acceleration, the popularity of drag racing can be seen in many aspects of popular culture, like the movie franchise “The Fast and The Furious”. The idea is simple: take your car over a pre-determined distance before your opponents to win. In practice however, there are many variables and factors that determine a vehicle’s speed: forced induction or naturally aspirated engine? front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive? These are just a few of the decisions that one needs to make when building the ultimate drag racing machine.
Drag Racing is an Android-only game which takes many of the elements of car tuning and drag racing and makes for an addictive game which is great on the go for those spare moments you may have.
A couple of years back, a Flash game called Canabalt became an unlikely smash hit, proving wrong a lot of theories about what made a good game. The concept was very simple – you control a man running over rooftops, jumping over hurdles and across buildings. You didn’t control how fast he ran or whether he stopped or did anything at all. The controls were a single key that made him jump. All you could do was to make him jump at the right time. The distance he traveled was your score. Tons of games have tried to rework the magic of Canabalt since, including vertical variants like Abduction.
Sandstorm Rush is a new mobile game for Android that takes the Canabalt idea and adds some twists of its own in am attempt to keep things interesting. Like its inspiration, there is not much in terms of a back story to the game. In Sandstorm Rush you control a prince running in the desert to avoid a tornado. Reach the palace before the tornado catches up with you and you have completed a level. Rinse and repeat.
There is no shortage of puzzle games on the Android platform. A new one comes out virtually every week, boasting of a never-before gaming experience, and pushing the limits of what the latest handsets have to offer in terms of raw processing power. It is heartening, then, to see a new game that focuses less on cutting-edge graphics and more on innovative gameplay mechanics and puzzles. It’s called SocialScape and it is being billed as a brain and puzzle game with a ‘social’ twist.
The term ‘social’ has become so synonymous with the web and virtually any new web service that comes out these days, my first reaction to a game named SocialScape was wondering how it will integrate with Facebook and the likes. Turns out it’s nothing of that sort. On the contrary, the game refers to the literal meaning of social – “related to a society or organization” – and weaves the gaming mechanics around the concept.
Shift, a popular and acclaimed Flash game, has made its way to Android! Having been played by over 10 million people in its life as a Flash game, it’s sure to be a success on Android too! But how well suited to a mobile screen is it?
It’s is a well polished platform puzzle adventure game with a few added twists, mainly the one that lets you reverse your black / white world. To really understand this concept your best bet is to try the game! There is a free option on the Market which is limited to 15 levels, compared to over 40 in the full version. (more…)