October 20, 2013 By: Will Verduzco
Whether you grew up playing the game on Gameboy and NES in the late 80s / early 90s, or if you’re part of the younger crowd who played the game on a TI graphing calculator, nothing was quite like Tetris. The game, which was first released in 1984, quickly became an iconic hallmark of a generation or two of budding gamers. In fact, the game has ranked highly on so many “top video games of all time” lists, that one would have to be crazy to never have played.
Over the years, there have been more than a few clones that have tried to change the formula in some way. Some, such as the popular TetriNET v1, have turned out fantastically. Others, however, have needlessly complicated a game whose appeal is largely due to its simplicity. Now, XDA Forum Member carbonpeople wishes to offer a souped-up version of the original that retains the good points of the original, while adding another degree of depth to the gameplay.
For the most part, Antigravity Tetrix plays like the original. However, the game diverges from the original by giving you six different planets to choose from. Each planet features different natural events and alien attacks, giving a truly diverse experience. Additionally, there are exploding blocks, thunderstorms, and missile attacks—all of which serve to make the game frustratingly difficult at times. As one would expect from the game’s title, there’s an antigravity mode, in which solving the puzzle prompts blocks to fly away.
If you’ve been looking for a new take on Tetris, make your way over to the game thread. While not exactly the same as the original, you may find you enjoy the added complexity in this variant.
October 15, 2013 By: Will Verduzco
There’s just something about classic games. Twenty years ago, games weren’t so much about the visuals and underlying technology. Rather, game developers focused on crafting fun titles from what little hardware resources were available. That said, when one takes a classic game and reimagines it by adding better graphics and a third dimension, the results are often spectacular.
If you spent your lunch money quarters playing Buster Bros and Pang back in the early 90s, XDA Forum Member santins has a game that you may wish to try. Monster Bubbles Curse serves as a modern take on the old classic. The objective of the game is to use various projectiles, spells, and weapons to defeat an onslaught of coming bubbles. However, a definite strategy is necessary because once you hit a bubble, it explodes into smaller bubbles. Luckily, you can earn in-game currency and upgrade weapons to help you better defeat your foes.
Make your way over to the game thread to relive the old 90s arcade experience in full, polished 3D glory.
Are you a fan of Match Three games like the popular Bejeweled? Have you been looking for a similar game with a slightly fruitier aesthetic? If so, you may want to give XDA Forum Member HazardGames‘s Jamaker Fruit Story a shot.
The game, similar to other games in the genre, has you swap adjacent tiles one at a time until you match at least three in a line. Once this happen, the matched tiles are eliminated and more fall from the sky.
While all games of this genre are inherently quite similar, Jamaker Fruit Story differentiates itself from its Match Three contemporaries with its interesting and fruity aesthetic, playful yet addictive music, and wide range of power-ups such as bombs, lasers, and ice storms.
Jamaker also features a leaderboard so you and your casual gaming buddies can see who’s best. Finally, there three different worlds and 75 different levels in all, so you can play to your heart’s without fear of running out of new challenges.
If you’re looking for a new take on Match Three Games, give Jamaker a shot. Head over to the game thread to get started.
Do you have the need for speed? Rather than taking out your aggressions on the road where you may cause an accident that injures not only yourself but also other drivers, why not exhaust your racing fever virtually? For those looking for a top-down, arcade-style racing game to pass the time, look no further than XDA Forum Member BeetlePlay‘s Sprint Driver.
The game puts you in control of a motorcycle, where your objective is to evade cops and other drivers while collecting as many coins as possible. Inevitably, you will either crash or run into an obstacle, thus ending your run. The coins you collect along the way allow you to change tracks or vehicles. And if you have enough coin, there are three tracks and nine vehicles to choose from. Controls for Sprint Driver are primarily accelerometer-based. However, you also have a boost button at the bottom right portion of the screen.
There are game genres where it’s not about the graphics, but let’s face it: Racing games
deserve require refined graphics. The game itself was made using the highly regarded (and highly capable) Unity 3D engine. As such, its visuals are absolutely top notch, especially for a game created by an independent developer. And on my own Nexus 7 and Oppo Find 5, the details were crisp and rewarding, without a hint of stutter at max settings.
Head on over to the game thread to get in on the racing action. Just don’t blame us when you’re hooked.
October 10, 2013 By: Will Verduzco
Not too long ago, we talked about a game that put a 3D spin on the traditional labyrinth-style game. Bringing much of the best of previous ball maze games, iCube offered new users a fresh take on the old classic. However, sometimes we want something a bit more simple—something a bit more similar to that old favorite Teeter.
XDA Forum Member WoWGames created Labyrinth Pro to give users that classic Labyrinth experience. The game features a convincing physics engine, realistically designed balls, sound effects, time keeping, and accelerometer calibration. And just to make sure you don’t get tired or frustrated, there are 56 levels of varying difficulty included with the game. Finally, game play itself is both smooth and rewarding, with decent graphics that aren’t too taxing for older devices.
You can get started by visiting the game thread. Be sure to leave your feedback for the developer while you’re at it.
I’ll be the first to admit that I haven’t the foggiest about geography. Not only being an American, but also a born and bred Californian, I have all the stereotypes working against me. And as evidenced by quick quizzes on Sporkle, the results aren’t exactly pretty.
One of the easiest and most entertaining ways to hone your geography skill is to use a geography quiz. Because of this, XDA Forum Member mkrstudio created Mapster. Like the previously linked options, Mapster gives you a location name, and your job is to pinpoint its location on the given map.
There are countless other map games available, so how does Mapster stand out? Well, in my opinion, it’s greatest strength is that answer verification is not binary. By that, I mean that that you are awarded a certain number of points based on how close you are to a target, rather than a point for being right and no points for being wrong. This helps eliminate the inevitable frustration of trying to identify small locations without discernible identifiers.
The game, while frustrating for some, can legitimately help you learn geography in a fun and new way. Head over to the game thread to get started.
Oh, our beloved childhood memories! Who out here (son/daughter of the 80’s and early 90’s) doesn’t remember the early beginnings of our current electronic companions? One of the (by far) most memorable devices of all time came from the heart of no other than Japan (not really a surprise there). The invention of a small key chain-sized electronic pal turned the world upside down, and began an era in which we will undoubtedly end up hooked up to machines à la The Matrix. The Tamagotchi was a fun first step. The little game essentially was like having an electronic pet that you need to care for in real time. When it was hungry, you needed to fed it; when it was sick, you needed to heal it with medicine; and when it wanted to play… well, you played with it. There have been some attempts in the past to recreate this in other Android apps, but XDA Forum Member Shelly22 brings forth one that is more “in your face.”
Unlike other Tamagotchi apps out available for Android, Tamago essentially allows you to create a widget with your virtual pet on your Android 4.0+ device’s home screen. All the interaction that you long for and expect from the original Tamagotchi is there, and some more as well. On top of that, the little critter will not obliterate your battery or go off in the middle of an important business meeting. And last but not least, particularly for those Darwin enthusiasts, the Tamago will evolve after taking good care of it.
The dev is eagerly looking for feedback. So if you wanted to fill your home screen with something, you might as well dedicate some real estate to this little guy and see it grow into the Sentinel it will one day become. Who knows? He might spare your life in the post-apocalyptic future it is designed to rule. Anyway, please leave some feedback for the dev so that more features can be added and more bugs squashed.
+ Touch It
+ Instructions, help, etc., and more
+ Tama goes to sleep himself.
+ You can sound, vibration, notification off in Tama
+ You can change the name of your Tama
+ It protects the battery
+ Is your phone silent, your Tama is it too.
+ It is unlike any other Tama
+ Only vibration authorization necessary. No other
+ No Advertising
You can find more information in the original thread.
With so many flashy and graphics-oriented games out there for Android, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to find a good puzzle game that rewards thinking and planning ahead multiple moves. XDA Forum Member oprisnik wants to change this with BallMaze.
The game play of BallMaze is simple. You control a ball, and you need to
send it home reach a target tile. Your goal is to do this in the least number of moves. Unfortunately, however, it’s not as simple as it sounds. Once you move the ball, it keeps rolling until it hits an obstacle block. Further compounding the difficulty, later stages have obstacles of different colors, which can be toggled in order to get to your goal most efficiently.
While seemingly simple from the outset, BallMaze offers quite a bit of challenge and complexity to those looking for a good puzzle. Make your way over to the game thread to get in on the action.
So how does Big Bang play? Similar to Collapse and Tetris, your goal is to prevent the ever growing set of blocks from reaching the top of the screen. Like in Collapse, you do this by combining groups of similarly colored squares. However, like Tetris, new pieces fall from the sky rather than come from the ground. And a neat trick unique to this hybrid is that shaking your device makes the chips fly off the screen. Naturally, this reduces your game score, but it can also help keep you from losing.
If you’ve been looking for another action puzzle game to get hooked on, make your way over to the game thread and give this a shot.
Earlier we featured a new take on an old favorite with iCube by XDA Forum Member UnnyHog. The game let us relive the simple joys of old fashioned labyrinth games, but with gorgeous 3D graphics and a reworked input method. However, there are times when we would like to use our thinking caps a little more, and for those instances, games like Sudoku can be great brain games.
Let’s face it, though, playing Sudoku with a paper and pencil can quickly become tedious. After all, it becomes a procedure to sit down, find a suitable table or desk, and play, rather than simply pulling your phone out of your pocket. Of course, there are probably hundreds of Sudoku games available in the Play Store. However, XDA Forum Member pofufo brings us a new take that has a very polished interface with a pop-up input method, cell annotation, intelligent hints, and more.
The game is quite streamlined, with a simple tap allowing you to enter a number, a long tap for annotations, and a double tap to add a highlight. The game also features automatic progress saving and the ability to undo and redo moves. Best of all, Sudo+ is free with absolutely no limitations and advertisements.
Head over to the game thread and give your mind a challenge. While you’re there, be sure to leave feedback for the developer!
Ever since purchasing my first smartphone approximately ten years ago, I’ve had hundreds of mobile games installed across nearly two dozen different mobile devices. However, a special place in my heart will always be reserved for HTC’s Teeter.
Although primitive by today’s standards, Teeter provided a uniquely simple yet consuming experience. Since then, we’ve seen ports for Windows Phone and Android, but not too much has been done to move the concept forward and take advantage of our advances in 3D rendering and processor speed.
Thankfully, XDA Forum Member UnnyHog has released iCube for Android, which brings the labyrinth puzzle-type action into the third dimension. Just like HTC’s 2D classic, the objective of the game is to free your ball from the maze. To do this, you swipe around the screen to modify the orientation of the containing cube maze. While this means that the accelerometer-based controls of yore are now gone, the added precision proves useful given the game’s added depth.
Weighing in at 81 puzzles thus far, iCube offers enough challenge to keep players occupied for quite some time. If you’re looking for a modern take on that old gem, head over to the game thread and get in on the puzzle action.
Many folks out there just have a deep appreciation for simple games, including yours truly. I’m not sure if it’s because of the distinct art styles not normally seen with resource-hungry 3D epics, the simple casualness and addictiveness of their gameplay, or just the fact that it may not take as much effort to enjoy. Merge these aspects with a spooky, midnight bike ride, and you have Dark Roads.
Developed by XDA Forum Member laubak75, Dark Roads’s gameplay consists of bumping and traversing your way over challenging terrain on your motorcycle. Controls include simple forwards and backwards arrows, while tilting your device one way or the other will allow you to flip forwards or backwards when you’re in the air. The objective? Don’t land on your head, back, or anywhere but your two wheels. The further you go, the higher your score gets. Fans of casual games will appreciate the modest, yet eerie and atmospheric grayscale graphics and the appropriately spooky, yet pleasant background music with organs, creaking doors, and a haunting choir.
Dark Roads checks all the boxes, be it atmospheric art style, addictiveness, and simplicity. If you want to give it a go yourself, you can download it for free from the original thread.
Hint: The moon will rise with every bike flip
r u mad bro wen ppl talk lyk dis? If so, you’re not alone. In fact, I may have had a mild aneurysm as a result of the preceding sentence. No matter how facile you are with the language, however, there are always undoubtedly some weak spots. For many, this is unearthed in the spellings of unfamiliar words. For others, it’s differentiating between homonyms. Whatever the case, it’s always good to get a little more practice.
To aid in one’s quest towards literary perfection, XDA Forum Member The Waswas created the edutainment title Typo! As its name alludes, the game tests your skills in determining which commonly misspelled words are written incorrectly. It also tests punctuation and grammar, albeit considerably less frustratingly so. After all, fullfil seems legit, right?
Typo! is useful in teaching some of the basics to young kids and non-native speakers in a fun way, as well as frustrating for your less verbally inclined friends. Whatever the case, your English test is waiting for you over in the game thread.