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Jimmy McGee · Jun 4, 2014

Portal and Half-Life 2 on the Nvidia SHIELD! Win an Nvidia SHIELD! – XDA Developer TV

Not too long ago, Nvidia announced that the world of PC gaming has arrived on the Nvidia Shield in a whole new way. You may recall that XDA Developer TV Producer Jordan has done a SHIELD unboxing, review, and a played a couple games, including streaming games from his PC to his SHEILD. But now, you can play two hot PC games on the SHIELD natively: Half Life 2 and Portal. Check out this video to watch Jordan play and talk about these games on...

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Will Verduzco · May 31, 2014

Defend the Kingdom From Orcs and Vikings with Tower Bruiser

It's late Saturday evening, you've written a bunch of articles for the day, and you're winding down while getting ready to call it a night---OK, well maybe only two of those three items apply to you. In any case, rather than simply vegging out in front of the boobtube, you decide to load up a quick, yet entertaining game on your mobile device. You're sick of Flappy Bird, 2048, and all their clones, so what do you pick out? A good, old fashioned...

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Tomek Kondrat · May 11, 2014

Beat Your Friends with 2 Players Duel

Hotseat Multiplayer: These are two words that make practically any old school gamer excited. Games like Worms or Heroes of Might & Magic are absolute classics of the genre, and Android is the perfect platform to play such exciting titles. Despite this, we haven't seen too many in this category. XDA is a place where tons of indie developers can present their games and applications. One of them, XDA Forum Member coder1cv8, gave us the opportunity to reminisce about hotseat multiplayer gaming from the 90s. As its...

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Will Verduzco · May 4, 2014

Flappy 48 is as Frustrating as Flappy Bird and 2048 Combined

Flappy Bird is an maddeningly addictive, yet infuriatingly frustrating game. You know what else can be described by those adjectives? 2048. So naturally, it was only a matter of time before somebody combined the two, right? Now thanks to XDA Senior Member sylsau, you can flap your way to 2048 rather than bothering with addition and complicated strategies. Flappy 48 works just like any other Flappy Birds clone. Simply tap the screen to make your tile flap its way up the screen, but watch out for...

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Will Verduzco · May 3, 2014

Sliding-Ball is a Mobile Take on Marble Madness for the 3D Age

If you're anything like I am, you probably spent a good deal of your childhood playing the iconic Atari game Marble Madness. Since the mid 80s, not too many games have built on the the success of this concept, but the ones that have have seen great commercial success. Now, XDA Forum Member Bosnow hopes to bring back this classic game style with Sliding-Ball. As you may infer from the game's name, Sliding-Ball puts you in command of a ball that slides around the...

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Tomek Kondrat · May 3, 2014

Take Revenge on the Bobblers and Free Your Dobbler Friends

The Dobblers were happy creatures that lived in their land for ages. The grand Dobblers taught their younglings how to live a Dobbler life. Dobland was happy and full of joy. Then, the Booblers came and destroyed everything that the Dobblers loved. The poor Dobblers were then put in cages and their diamonds were stolen. Dobbler, who is the main character in the game, was on vacation, drinking his favorite Doblerjito with lemon while all this happened. After he returned, he decided to take action, and this...

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Will Verduzco · Apr 26, 2014

Scroll Through Lights and Shadows with 2D Platformer Phlux

Remember last year's indie game smash hit Thomas Was Alone? If you don't and you are a fan of 2D, side-scrolling platformers, I suggest you take a few minutes to go check it out. Now unfortunately, despite being a relatively undemanding game, there's no Thomas Was Alone port for Android. But thanks to XDA Junior Member Dipesh_Devil's new game Phlux, you can have a similar experience while on the go. Phlux is a 2D platformer game that puts you in charge of...

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Will Verduzco · Apr 20, 2014

A More Competitive Spin on the Addictive 2048 Puzzle

You may recall that a few weeks ago, we talked about a rather interesting take on everyone's favorite number game addiction, 2048. But while the previously covered version offered great game play thanks to its selectable grid sizes, it was admittedly a bit lacking on the UI front. Now, XDA Senior Member sylsau has published his own take on the number-based puzzler, offering quite a bit of polish that is lacking in most of the other 2048 variants available. Sylsau's 2048...

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Will Verduzco · Apr 5, 2014

Join Blocks to 2048 and Beyond

I'm sure that by now, the vast majority of you have already devoted more than a few hours to the fantastic tile game 2048 by UI designer and web developer Gabriele Cirulli.If you haven't, may I suggest that you take a break from the world of mobile hacking and give it a try. Now you may ask why I'm talking about a simple, yet surprisingly addictive web-app game here on the XDA Portal. Well, there's now a fantastic port of the...

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Will Verduzco · Mar 23, 2014

Strategically Color Blocks with Colorem

In recent years, modern gaming has essentially become synonymous with fast-paced kill sprees, adrenaline-provoking competitiveness, and visuals good enough to fool casual observers. But every once in a while, a simple yet ingenious game is released that makes us put down our copies of BF4 and GTR-E and use our noggins. XDA Forum Member LZ77 created one such game called Colorem. The concept behind Colorem is simple. Your goal is to color all of the blocks on your screen using four provided colors---but...

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Will Verduzco · Mar 10, 2014

Game to Thwart Cancer with Triton

Anyone who ever had a friend or loved one battle cancer will surely attest to the fact that the disease is no laughing matter. But while cancer itself is obviously not fun, it can make for an interesting and altruistic game aimed at raising awareness and funding for cancer research and prevention. XDA Forum Member Triton1986 recently created the game Triton - Stop Cancer, where the player's goal is to... stop cancer. The game presents you with cancer cells, which multiply over...

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Will Verduzco · Mar 8, 2014

Smash Flappy Birds Once and for All with Crushy Birds

While by now the majority of us have already kicked our Flappy Bird addiction, many still harbor some animosity towards the curiously addictive game for taking so much time from us. Luckily, there are a few ways to get back at that clumsy bird. A few days ago, we talked about FlapShot by XDA Recognized Developer EatHeat, where instead of playing as the bird, your job is to shoot the bird. Now, there's a new way to take out your aggression...

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Jimmy McGee · Mar 5, 2014

Humble Mobile Bundle 4 – A Bundle of Android Games! – XDA Developer TV

If you have spent any amount of time on the Internet and are a gamer, you've no doubt heard of the 'pay-what you-want' and charitable giving game package called Humble Indie Bundle. In recent years, the Humble Bundle has moved away from solely featuring independent developer games, and has even expanded to include mobile devices. In today's video, XDA Developer TV Producer Jordan talks about the most recent Humble Mobile Bundle, which includes the games Catan, Vector, Riptide GP2, Zombie Gunship,...

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Samantha · Mar 1, 2014

Shoot Flappy Birds out of Your Life with FlapShot

I, for one, am grateful that Flappy Bird can no longer be obtained through traditional channels. No longer do I have the social challenge of trying to achieve a higher score than friends, and no longer do I have an excuse to procrastinate and put aside all responsibilities in order to continuously tap a screen without getting out of bed for days on end. In fact, considering all the time and effort wasted thanks to Flappy Bird, I’m thinking sweet,...

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Tomek Kondrat · Feb 21, 2014

Make Your Own “Flappy” Game

When I first saw the game Flappy Bird, my reaction could be perfectly described by this meme. What's so exciting about tapping a screen like a maniac to see a flapping bird going through pipes? But I decided to play, and I realized my mistake 3 hours later. Flappy Bird is simply addictive, and it's one of the biggest hits in mobile gaming at the moment. If you ever wondered about modifying Flappy Bird to see some other flying objects...

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egzthunder1 · Feb 14, 2014

Much Flappy, So Bird–Flappy Doge Takes the Stage

Many have categorized it as an addictive nightmare. Everyone who has taken on it has fallen. The game that many have deemed as being inspired by the devil himself is here to stay. Yes, Flappy Bird, the acclaimed yet controversial new craze that has made us wish we had never downloaded the game, is here to stay (at least on Android). However, there is always someone who can take something awful and evil and make it that much worse by...

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egzthunder1 · Feb 4, 2014

Blast ’em All with Dots: Chain Reaction

Physics-based games are always interesting. However, most of these rely only on gravity and motion (e.g. Angry Birds, Cut the Rope, etc). Since we have started getting science mixed up with gaming over the years, we've seen somewhat of an evolution in various genres in terms of both game play and graphics/performance. Science, however, does not stop with gravity. And in fact, there are other, even more fun ways of using physics for one's personal enjoyment. Collision physics are always...

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egzthunder1 · Jan 25, 2014

Blast ’em Blocks to Pieces with ArkanoidX

Children of the 80's likely are not amused by today's video gaming environment. While some hardcore gamers actually might be, games like TF2, Crysis, or even WoW are not so hype-worthy for the casual gamer. These people tend to like more relaxed and challenging games, and are eager to focus their attention on something that will test their skills, brains, and even reflexes. Brick breaker games have always been what many consider the king of games. And in this genre,...

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Tomek Kondrat · Jan 20, 2014

Rediscover the Old Spirit of Gaming with Text Fiction

Gaming is a part of Android. Powerful CPUs and graphic chipsets give a great chance to run even the most resource intensive games, but not every game features great graphics and animations. There are still indie games available that require you to think hard instead of being deadly fast. One independent developer, XDA Forum Member onyxbits, created a game reminiscent of the traditional text games from the 80s. Text Fiction is not a typical game, it's more of a game engine...

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Will Verduzco · Jan 1, 2014

Pick Your Favorite XDA Apps, Utilities, and Games from 2013

Over this past year, we've seen loads of innovative tools/utilities, applications, and games created by the talented members of our community. These creations have given new life to our devices by letting us accomplish simple tasks more easily, tailor our devices to our own tastes, and giving us a bit of entertainment when we have some down time. Thanks to all this hard work by these developers who call XDA home, we've seen applications that change the way we perform...

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