Google I/O week is a time in which we’re always promised a bunch of news from everyone’s favourite Mountain View-based company. While some rumoured announcements, especially in regards to hardware, failed to show, the week was still filled with a whole host of interesting Android news. Let’s jump in and take a look! (more…)
If you were reading this yesterday, this introduction could be filled with May the 4th Be With You jokes. However, it’s a day late so we’re not going to bother with that. Instead, we’re going to shift our focus back to Android and the conclusion of a week filled with industry fan-bashing, new hardware announcements and Twitter for your Glass.
Mobile gaming, as you probably know, is super popular: people play games on mobile. Because of that, there are tons of games for Android; they even have their own section in the Play Store, completely separate from “Apps.” I have my select crop of games, as I’m sure you do. I prefer 2D side-scrollers — they are simple, somewhat mindless games that help me pass the time. However, when I came across Draw a Stickman I was pretty intrigued. It didn’t seem like your run of the mill adventure game, so I downloaded it and gave it a try. What did I think? Let’s take a look!
A hungry horde of zombies is chasing me. It’s freezing out, pitch dark and my feet are soaking wet. I’ve given up avoiding the puddles in favour of avoiding them. Kasabian’s album Empire blares giving me the boost I need to lift my knees higher and move quicker through the woods. Overhanging branches slap me across the face. Deep down I’m glad it’s dark.
I imagine this looks hilarious.
Running is the most common way to get fit and the most common reason to quit. Most use the carrot and stick motivation system of rewards to drive themselves forward. It turns out having zombies, hungry for brains, hot on your heels is much better. Want to run faster and for longer? Run for your life with Zombies, Run!
It’s Christmas morning today which means that a lot of you have woken up to some awesome gifts under the tree. If you’ve been good throughout the year, we hope you got some nice Android gear to finish 2012 and start 2013 in style. Whether it’s a new phone or tablet, or maybe even an Android TV stick — I bought one but it hasn’t been delivered yet! — you’re most likely looking at your new gadget and wondering where to start and how to get its true potential.
That’s why we decided to give you an easy-to-check summary of our best articles of 2012. So grab your shiny new gadget and follow us down this wonderfully geeky journey. A fair warning though: you might end up neglecting the family time and drowning in a sea of apps and games!
Here at AppStorm, we love games! Why not relax for a minute and find a fantastic new game to enjoy – hopefully these roundups will help you out.
- The 12 Top Racing Games You Need To Play
- 50 Incredible Sports Games
- 10 Awesome Board Games for the iPhone
App Disco is yet another addition to the long list of app discovery software for Android, further proving there are never too many ways to browse and find apps or games in the vast Android ecosystem. Being a new player and still in beta, it did quite well with setting itself apart from all that came before it, which is to say it’s unlike any other app we’ve seen so far. Let’s see how AppDisco fares compared to the others, and what it has to offer for the savvy Android app addict.
Let me start by saying this: I am a huge Star Wars fan. I love the movies, I love the collectibles, I love the video games. So of course when Rovio announced they were making a Star Wars themed Angry Birds game, I was all over it. I kept looking at video clips and screenshots while patiently awaiting the release date. And then it came, and I quickly picked it up.
With Angry Birds Star Wars, I double dipped a little bit; I played on both the iPad and my Nexus 7. I have already reviewed the iPad version on iPad.Appstorm but let’s see how well it does on Android.
Mapsaurus is a rich and easy to use discovery application that presents app recommendations in a rich, visual format. If you are reading this right now, it’s probably safe to assume you take an interest in new and exciting apps and games and, as such, I’m sure you’re already aware of applications that help you find the latest and greatest titles in the Google Play Store.
Mapsaurus is one such application, but instead of insipid lists of apps for you to randomly peruse, it displays recommendations in a really cool way.
Earlier this week, our resident gaming guru, Paul Wilks, shared his list of 50 most addictive games on Android. It included classics such as Tetris and Bejeweled, relatively new mainstream hits like Angry Birds and Draw Something as well as niche indie games like They Need To Be Fed and Monsters Ate My Condo.
Upon looking at his extensive roundup, and reading Paul’s explanation for why he got addicted to each of these games, I was reminded of my own pattern. I am no “gamer”, the only console I had was back when Contra and Duck Hunt were still popular, none of my phones had Snake, the last PC game I played was NBA 2000 and my current phone only has Temple Run. However, I am prone to big bursts of mobile gaming addictions. These only occur once or twice per year, and generally last a few weeks.
Between my Java years in 2003 and my Android device now, I remember being addicted to a handful of games. The classic Bounce was the first mobile game that gripped me on my Nokia 6610, then as I upgraded my devices, it was followed by Sky Force Reloaded, Domino Fever, Scrabble, Crosslogic Unlimited — where I finished all 1756 puzzles — and the 3 games I’ve played extensively on Android are Enjoy Sudoku, Solitaire Megapack and Jelly Defense.
That’s my pattern. I’ve probably tried over 500 mobile games in the past nine years, but I rarely get “addicted” to one. But what about you? Have you played some game on your phone or tablet that kept you awake until the wee hours? Or are you more of a console gamer?