The Dreamcast is back! Reicast, a multi-platform Dreamcast emulator, has just hit the Android market. Play some of your favorite games from your childhood, complete with the nostalgic A/B/X/Y button configuration. Reicast may not be suitable for just any ol’ Android device, however. The developers caution that your device will need to meet some fairly beefy processing requirements in order to run Reicast successfully. This may be an app better suited for tablets than smartphones. Install it here >>>
12/18/13 – New Update for Ravenmark: Mercenaries Improves Gameplay
Witching Hour Studios released an update for Ravenmark: Mercenaries. We played this fantasy-themed game at the Hardcore Droid office, and we can testify that it’s well worth the download. The artwork is impressive and the combat is extremely tactical. Mobilize your army against false kings in your quest for global domination! Read more about it at the Google Play store here >>>
Galaxoid developer, Jacob Davis joins the many devs and journalists who’ve shared with our readers some of the means by which they made it as part of our ongoing So You Want to Work in Video Games Series.
We were mucho impressed with Galaxoid, Davis’s first development effort and thus asked him to hop on board Hardcore Droid’s most popular series of articles. As part of the vetting process for te latest iteration of the series, Hardcore Droid’s Dabney Bailey sent over the following assessment:
Galaxoid is a fast paced space shooter that invokes the legacy of arcade classics like Galaga and Space Invaders. The premise is exactly what you’d expect out of a game like this: move along the bottom of the screen and shoot bad guys before they blow up your ship. Luckily, your intergalactic rivals are nice enough to arrange themselves into neat rows for tidy destruction, and they also explode into points and juicy powerups. Thanks, alien scum!
You play through a whopping 50 levels and 5 bosses, ensuring that even the most veteran space pilots will face a true challenge in their quest to defend the galaxy. High scores and achievements give players who’ve beaten the game something to vie for.
The gameplay is addictive, and the fast-paced, no-nonsense levels ensure that this will be a go-to game for Android gamers looking to kill a few minutes (and aliens). The graphics and especially the music are a beautiful throwback to the early days of gaming. Arcade games of yesterdecade offered electronic bleeps and bloops as a crude replacement for music. I’m not precisely sure how they managed to give classic arcade music such a dramatic facelift, but the music is catchy, fun, and nostalgic.
So, is it worth a download? For eight quarters, you can transform your Android device into a modern remake of the classic space shooter genre. Not too shabby! Plus, if you don’t defend the Earth from alien invaders, who will!?
Samsung has unveiled the Gamepad, a game controller for Android gamers out there who absolutely hate swiping and tapping, and have more than enough pocket space to lug around a massive controller. This is just a teaser for now – Samsung announced that they’re officially going to start distributing the controllers, but this much-anticipated controller isn’t available for purchase quiet yet. Read up on more details here >>>
12/17/13 – Touch of Death Version 2.0 Now Available for Android Users
Channel your inner Kung Fu master by fighting cartoon images of monks and ninjas. The developers of Touch of Death overhauled the game with version 2.0, which is now available on the google Play store here >>>
Just in time for the holidays, Nvidia is offering a few deals on their Nvidia Shield console. Chop $50 off the price and get free shipping if you order now. Buy an Nvidia GeForce GTX, and you can take another $50 off on top that. And the best part? It comes with 3 free games: Assassin’s Creed Black Flag, Splinter Cell Deluxe Edition, and Batman: Arkham Origins. Not too shabby! Buy it for the Android gamer in your life this holiday season. Visit the official website here >>>
Some good news straight from Google: “Today, we’re adding more tools to your gaming toolbox, like the open sourcing of a 2D physics library, as well as new features to the Google Play game services offering, like a plug-in for Unity.” A good day for Android game developers is a good day for Android gamers! Read more here >>>
12/8/13 – Minivolt Strategy Game Gets an Update
Minivolt, a clever strategy game that’s hard to put down, was recently overhauled. The developers added sounds, new levels, bugs, and a zombie mode… because every game could use a few more zombies. Am I right? Try your hand at this addictive puzzle game, which you can find it at the Google Play store here >>>
12/6/13 – Minecraft Pocket Edition Gets Major Overhaul with Update 0.8.0
Is that a 200 foot-tall tower in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me? Oh, it’s just a massive stone tower… along with a giant mansion and a roller coaster all built out of voxel-based blocks. Minecraft Pocket Edition released Update 0.8.0, which “massively increased” the game’s drawing distance and added tons of new features such as rail carts, new blocks, new textures, and improved AI. Find it on Google Play here >>>
12/5/13 – Assassin’s Creed Pirates Sets Sail for Android
Avast, ye landlubbers! Assassin’s Creed Pirates just docked in the Android port. Channel your inner pirate for a mere $5. The game has plundered 4.3 stars on the Google Play store, suggesting that the gameplay justifies the comparatively expensive price tag. Just don’t expect to sneak around cities using your ninja-like parkour skills. This game focuses almost entirely on naval combat. Check it out here >>>
We recently joined forces with Amazon.com so that we might match our top ten lists to their best Holiday Deals, so that while you are picking out your next phone, tablet, case of gadget from out best of lists, if you decide to buy it then or soon, you can get the best possible price for it
If you’ve read our lists or some of my copy off of this news page before, then you might remember that our lists are the reason that our small independent publication is at the top of the food chain in the Google search engines for keyword like Android Strategy, because are lists are ome: awesome, and two: invariably written by our best writers, such as lead Hardcore Droid contributor and former IGN staffer, Travis Fahs or veteran journalist, Sam Riedel. Anyhoo, we have matched most of our top ten picks to holiday deals on Amazon. So if you are looking for the perfect phone, tablet, case or gadget this Holiday Season look no further. You can check out our…
P.S. Our Best Mobile Gadgets of All Time list is forthcoming.