I’ll never fully comprehend why we love managing the lives and businesses of virtual characters. The Sims and Theme Hospital stick out in my mind as the two games which were always installed, ready to go on my PC as a kid. On some level, there was arguably a desire to feel ‘grown up’ — managing a household, hospital or theme park is what grown-ups do.
Pocket Academy takes the managerial approach to things and drops you in the principal’s chair of a new school. A school with no reputation, no students and very few pixels. Shall we?
Kairosoft makes games to a formula, but I never cease to be amazed at how much versatility they get out of it. Their unique spin on casual management sims has put us in charge of game developers, soccer teams, restaurants, cities, racing teams, hot springs inns, and much much more. And somehow, it works.
Dungeon Village stays true to the trend, pitting you as the almighty overlord of an RPG town. That’s right — the people who visit your town are in a role-playing game. You need to provide quests, shops and accommodation to help them out and encourage them to stay. It’s addictive, fun and boring, all at the same time.
This week in apps has been a hectic one, with a new app that has you guessing the logos to major corporations, a Flickr competitor’s entry into the mobile app world, and the latest photography craze GifBoom, all making a splash not only on the Play Store, but on my device as well! So read on to see what’s happening this week in the world of Android.
Retro games are big in the Google Play Store. While lush 3D visuals are able to seduce many gamers, solid, fun and addictive gameplay can be found even in titles devoid of buttery visuals and the need for a Tegra 3 chip. Games like Tiny Tower, Game Dev Story and R:Type have racked up both huge downloads figures and positive reviews. Generation-defining classics such as PAC-MAN, Tetris and Sonic CD have also made their way onto the Android platform, and these have literally been around for decades.
It’s obvious that nostalgia gaming is massively popular. Furthermore, people are willing to pay for the pleasure. Developers like Kairosoft charge almost top dollar for their full titles, despite the fact they are made of the blocky retro graphics of the 80’s and 90’s. It was thought high time therefore to group some of these together into a comprehensive round up. From Asteroid clones and RPGs to vertical scrolling shooters and addictive platformers… they’re all here. So, put down that Rubix cube and cast your mind back to dusty arcade cabinets, pockets full of loose change and blistered thumbs – here’s a bumper roundup of retro games available on Android.
Ever wondered what it’s like to manage a Tesco or a Walmart? Get a taste of the hustle-bustle involved in managing your own mall with the latest sim game from the creators of Game Dev Story.