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Sticks and Stones Will Break Your Bones
Welcome to Isle of Bxnes, an isometric action role-playing game. No, that is not a typo. The “x” probably represents where your face will get smashed in. Yes, your face will get smashed in. Or pierced by a rainbow-colored maggot of death. Or eaten by a cannibal. Please forget about silly things such as “reviving” or “winning.” Death is death in Isle of Bxnes. There are no continues, no save points. Yes, you’ll definitely lose. ...
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Congratulations! You’re the proud owner of a brand new Android device. But your purchase means nothing if you don’t protect ...
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‘Tis the season for high-tech gift giving—well, almost. But with Black Friday on the horizon, it is most definitely the season for purchasing high-end electronics. And here at Hardcore Droid, we want to help you find the perfect gift for that Android gamer in your family. And while phones are all fine and good, to be a truly hardcore mobile gamer you need a bigger screen, faster processor and ultimately a richer gaming experience. Enter: ...
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Congratulations! You’re the proud owner of a brand new Android device. But your purchase means nothing if you don’t protect it. That’s why we’re talking cases, friend. They’re the best way to protect your electronic baby, whether it’s a wee little phone or a sleek tablet. You only need to ask yourself one question: “How bad am I at parenting?” Are you the type to scratch (or break) every screen you touch? Do you demand that your phone join you underwater? With all the brands, features, and gimmicks available in online case shopping, it’s hard to know where to start, but here are our picks for the most hardcore cases on the market. Best ... Read More →
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Q4 2013 Even as the power of mobile devices is outpacing Moore’s Law, and graphics power seems to double every year, it’s a sad fact that phones simply aren’t marketed toward gamers. Walk into a phone store and ask a rep about a phone’s CPU. If you’re lucky, they might tell you how many cores it has, but getting a real idea about a phone’s performance is going to require some independent research. Even then, not everything is equal. Chips grouped under the same family are sometimes radically different on the inside, and even a savvy shopper might be surprised to find his phone comes up short. We’re here to cut through the nonsense and ... Read More →
Ain't no party like a Rayman party
Whenever console games come to mobile devices, there’s always that sense of dread to see what won’t carry over. Rayman had a relatively good run with Gameloft, but last year’s Rayman: Jungle Run put him back in Ubisoft’s capable hands, using the very same engine and assets as Rayman Origins. Much as we all fear, it was simplified into a runner; a speed-platformer on rails where Rayman never stops bolting forward. Ordinarily this would be ...
Monster in My Pocket
Remember when monsters used to be scary? Before stuff like Monsters, Inc. and Pokémon showed up? Now monsters are just like us: they learn life lessons, they help each other out, and often they’re the ones who get scared. Monster Loves You! is a simple and charming choose-your-own-adventure title with RPG elements that takes this angle and runs with it, letting you make all of a monster’s important decisions from the beginning to the end of its life cycle. It’s definitely on the easy side and can technically be completed in one sitting, but the design encourages multiple playthroughs. Plus, it’s got a fantastic soundtrack. Monster puts you in charge ... Read More →
Imitation's not the greatest form of flattery
There are millions of reasons why The Legend of Zelda has been one of the most successful videogame franchises of all time. Here’s the reason I’d like to call attention to: Zelda has almost never been guilty of trying too hard. Ittle Dew, on the other hand is like the guitar guy at the party who’s been playing Wonderwall for the past two hours. Was he even invited? Is it fair of me to draw a direct comparison between an Android app developed by a Swedish Indie game company and a franchise so good it defies comparison? Well yes, given that said company has modeled their game after Zelda at every turn. Let’s start with ... Read More →
This Review is Intended for Mature Audiences
To get the pretentiousness out of the way up front, one might categorize Luxuria Superbia as an “experience” rather than a game. It’s a visual, aural, and tactile assault with very few obvious goals and barely any direction given that’s all about touching your device in creative ways. It’s repetitious, can be downright flummoxing, and is truly a tablet-only title. Still, you’ve never played anything like it and also, it’s one giant sex metaphor! Yow! Luxuria comes with a deliberately vague page of instructions as it’s the developer’s intent for you to just get in there and feel around for yourself. The level select screen is a garden (which actually looks like a pillared gazebo). ... Read More →
A Brief History of Valorware
In my perpetual search for games that exploit Android’s potential as an emerging platform for core gaming, I came upon 9th Dawn. At first I was kind of blown away by the homey feel of the hand-painted graphics, and that the same were based on the classic RPG treasure that is Richard Garriott’s Ultima Series. I thoroughly enjoyed the first few hours of play and then the main quest hit a wall. An indie game, ...
From Game Blogging to Game Reviewer with Meg Stivison
Games blogging is a great way into games journalism. Starting a games blog can be as simple as setting up an account on Blogger or WordPress. Don’t tell anyone but most of games blogging just means playing a game, writing down your opinion, and running spellcheck before you post. You might start out writing a couple paragraphs on a game you love but thoughtful games blogging can also be great journalistic training. When you write for your gaming blog, you’re forcing yourself to organize your thoughts on the games you play, and to describe gameplay to your readership instead of casually to friends. You can push yourself by committing to ... Read More →
Or Sounding Smart in a Stupid Medium
There are two things you need to do to be a worthwhile critic. These are: Have a voice. Be able to communicate with it. The second thing is the boring one so we’ll get it out of the way first. Structure is pervasive. Short stories, music, movies, TV shows, novels, games, and essays—all of these media and any documented criticism of them generally conform, at least to an extent, to a familiar arrangement. Hell, even ...
Mobile 4X Strategy of Startling Depth
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Getting Defensive with the Kingdom Rush Sequel
I’m Jay, and I am a tower defense addict. Back in my teenage, play-flash-games-in-my-spare-time years, I had a bit of an addiction to a really basic game called Defend Your Castle. It wasn’t super flashy, but it involved tossing stick figures off the screen and setting up defensive structures before they could attack your castle. Since then, I’ve played a few mobile installments of the genre, but none have really caught my attention. That is, until the Kingdom Rush series. This particular review is for the second iteration, Kingdom Rush: Frontiers. So, while the games’ premises are pretty much the same, my description deals with the sequel. If you’ve never ... Read More →
Every game is an adventure, whether you’re spin-kicking the mullets off of street fighters or laying waste to a blasted hellscape with your trusty rocket launcher. (Or even playing something more pacifistic, like a particularly devilish puzzler.) But when an adventure turns into a journey, and a journey into a campaign…then, friends, you’ve got yourself an RPG. Role-playing games are some of the most popular videogames for sale today, and no wonder—the combination of an engaging story and exhilarating combat is a guaranteed hit, if it’s executed well. Unfortunately, the Android market has a glut of RPGs that don’t fit those standards; most of them have either lackluster gameplay, a tedious storyline, or both. Still, ... Read More →
The most hardcore genre in gaming history is the RPG. Scan any RPG-related forum and you’ll come away with a clear impression that RPG players are among the most hardcore fans in the world. Which makes sense, because role-playing games are driven by story and story by character and if your average person is going to be loyal to anything it’s going to be to another person or the closest analogue at hand. And this is the sublime place where role-playing games, more so than any other genre, take us. Like other storied mediums, the best RPGs make us love them. Unfortunately, between greedy IAP practices and Google’s lax vetting process, Android’s RPG market is ... Read More →
Welcome to Tips, Tricks & Strategies. Here we’ll do our very best to bring you walkthroughs, cheats and strategy guides for the most popular hardcore Android games. To start the fire burning, contributor Eric Miller has busted his hump (I mean that literally, his hump is broken) to bring us walkthroughs of two seminal Android games, Final Fantasy III and GTA III, to get any more seminal than that would be downright pornographic He’s also written a series of cheat sheets for Android Action, Strategy and RPGs. The cheat sheets have tables of contents for easy navigation, but you can also type the name of a game in question into ... Read More →
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