June 4, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
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 the Nvidia SHIELD. And to make things interesting, we are going to give away two Nvidia SHIELDs with $15 Google Play gift cards for you to use towards the purchase of these games (or whatever you choose). To enter to win, check out the contest entry form at the bottom of this article and complete the required actions Entries will be accepted until June 18, 2014.
May 31, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
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 Tower Defense game, of course!
Tower Defense (TD) games have been a staple on Android (as well as gaming as a whole) for quite some time. On Android, there are dozens of great options, and perhaps the most famous over the years is Robo Defense. However Robo Defense, which was originally released back in 2009, is now ancient by mobile technology standards. And as such, it no longer has nearly the same visual appeal that it once had back in the era of the G1.
Luckily, there are plenty of newer, more attractive TD gaming options that hold true to the core mechanics of a good TD game. Tower Bruiser, developed by XDA Forum Member smarttties, is one such option. Tower Bruiser is medieval/fantasy-themed, and much like any other good TD game, your goal is to set up defensive towers to prevent an onslaught of ever strengthening forces of angry Vikings and Orcs. Luckily, you have a fleet of towers that are able to use Magic, Fire, Archery, and Artillery to defend your home.
In addition to getting the core gameplay mechanics right, smarttties also managed to make Tower Bruiser a very aesthetically appealing game. But rather than using a pre-built game engine such as Unity3D, the developer wrote his own over the course of two years. With all of that painstaking work, we can honestly say that the results show, as Tower Bruiser is both well optimized and a pleasure to look at.
Head over to the game thread to defend your land from the horde!
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 name suggests, 2 Players Duel is a two player game, where you control small jets and aim to shoot down your opponents. Your goal is to win ten games. There are plenty of obstacles, so you need to be careful, focused, and fast to achieve that goal. After winning, you can call yourself a game master.
Visit the game thread to try 2 Players Duel and remind yourself of a time when gaming was simpler.
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 the walls above and below the opening. With each passing barrier, your tile increases in number. And just like 2048, your goal is to eventually reach 2048.
To give Flappy 48 a shot, head over to the game thread and see how long you can last. And if you’re looking for another Flappy Birds vs. 2048 mashup that actually incorporates the mechanics of both games, head over to this other take on the concept on Google Play.
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 game field. Your goal is to slide, turn, and jump your way to each level’s goal. To do this, you have two control areas. On the left side of the screen, you have a virtual D-pad. And on the right, you have an area where you can slide your finger to rotate the camera or tap to jump.
The puzzles start off incredibly simple, requiring just a couple of jumps and slides to reach the goal. But after a few levels, or if you dare venture into hard mode, you’ll find yourself crying in a corner in no time. The game itself features remarkably nice graphics. And thanks to its use of Unity game engine, everything is nice and smooth. For reference, my stock Nexus 5 was able to run everything on Ultra mode with no visible frame drop.
Overall, Sliding-Ball is addictive, challenging, fun, and beautiful. And if you ever spent time with Marble Madness in the past, you should definitely give Sliding-Ball a shot. Head over to the game thread to get started.
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 is where you come in.
Dobbler is a fun, 3D game created by XDA Senior Member MaartenXDA. Your goal is to complete all the levels in three different worlds full of traps and evil Bobblers trying to kidnap you. Collect all stars, destroy all enemies, and avoid traps to finish each level. If you can’t do this in one try, don’t worry, as the game features an active checkpoint system. To beat the game to completion, you need to collect all the stars, which are awarded for collecting the in-game stars and killing Bobblers.
This fun platform game can be downloaded from the game thread. Go get all the evil Bobblers!
April 26, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
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 a small black box with a rainbow tail. Your goal is to collect each of the three colors before exiting each level. And to do this, you must navigate through levels filled with various platforms and obstacles. To move around, you’re given two directional keys on the bottom left of your screen and a jump button on the bottom right. You’re able to double-jump in order to reach hard to reach places, a skill which quickly becomes vital in the game.
The game itself features beautifully minimal graphics, and becomes a rather beautiful kaleidoscope of colors and shadows in later levels. It is available both in ad-sponsored and paid variants. The free version is functional and allows you to play all 18 levels, but includes an ever present (but unobtrusive) banner ad in the top left of your screen while playing. The paid version, on the other hand, does away with the ad.
If you are a fan of 2D platformers and want an excellent option for while you’re on the go, head over to the game thread and give Phlux a shot!
April 20, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
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 Puzzle plays much like any other 2048 variant. You’re presented with a 4×4 grid, and your goal is to combine the numbers into a 2048 tile. But unlike other 2048 variants, you are given a few tools to keep the game exciting time after time. For starters, the game keeps track of how long it takes you to win. It also keeps track of all sorts of stats for its achievements system. Thanks to its use of Google Play Games leaderboards, you can show all your friends who’s truly best. And if you find the game a bit too difficult, it even gives you the ability to cheat a few times by removing certain tile types. Finally, the game’s UI is both clean and quite smooth on practically any hardware.
If you’re looking for an aesthetically appealing 2048 variant that will keep you playing in order to beat all of your friends, this 2048 version is for you. Make your way over to the game thread to get started. Just don’t blame me when you’re addicted.
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 game available for your mobile device. And although the official version works great on mobile devices, this port packs a few extra features to make it even more interesting when you’re on the go.
XDA Forum Member parakayjay provides an innovative take on the classic puzzler by delivering the same gameplay we’re used to with the original 2048 game—and then some. This version brings several possible control schemes such as tilt, on-screen keys, and swiping. And just like in the original, your goal is to combine tiles in order to create a 2048 or 4096 tile. But unlike the original, you’re now able to select from three possible grid sizes. So when you get a bit too good at generating 2048 tiles on the default 4×4 grid, you can move to larger grids.
Admittedly, the game’s UI is rather simple and no-frills. But if you’re looking for an incredibly addictive and new take on the original, head to the game thread and reach 2048!
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 it’s not as simple as it sounds. You can only color a certain number of blocks in each color, and no two adjacent blocks can be the same color. This doesn’t sound that difficult—and at first, it isn’t. But in later levels, it becomes infuriatingly challenging.
Coloring in the blocks is easy. All you have to do is tap a block to add a color. Tapping multiple times cycles between the available colors. However, once you move on to the next block, you can’t go back to a previous block to change its color. This makes planning ahead essential.
The game features 30 levels, with more on the way, and it should keep you entertained and using your grey matter for quite some time. Make your way over to the game thread to get started.
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 time, and your goal is to eradicate them (or hold out as long as possible). Cancer cells can be killed by tapping on them—if only it were that easy in real life—and sometimes they die spontaneously.
The game itself is free, but comes with unobtrusive ads. But best of all, all of the profit earned by the in-game advertising goes towards Cancer research.
March 8, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
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 thanks to Crushy Birds by XDA Forum Member benjamin94.
Crushy Birds is a rather satisfying game. Rather than playing the part of a bird trying to fly through pipes, you are the pipe. And instead of letting the birds through, your job is to smash as many birds as possible. To crush the birds, simply tap on the screen. And to add a bit of added difficulty, there are also “Super Birds,” which require 3 taps to kill. The game features leaderboards (both locally and through Google Play Services) so that you can show your friends who’s boss.
Make your way over to the game thread to get started.
March 5, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
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, and two other bonus games. In this video, Jordan talks about Catan, Vector, and Riptide GP2. So if you want to learn more about the Humble Bundle, check this video out, check out their site, and check out other XDA Developer TV videos.