android games

SoulCraft breaks out of the Tegra Zone, available for free on Google Play

We love us some NVIDIA Tegra 3 devices here at Android Community, even if they are a little thin on the ground at the moment. One of the best showpieces for the ASUS Transformer Prime has been SoulCraft, a free action RPG that's limited to the Tegra Zone, where it can show off its high-end graphics. Now developer MobileBits has released the game on the Google Play Store, so anyone with a decently powerful Android device can get in on the action.

Baldur’s Gate may journey to Android soon

If you've played an American RPG on your PC or console in the last fifteen years, odds are pretty good that it was Baldur's Gate or one of its sequels. The original game came from BioWare, of Mass Effect fame, and went on to define its genre for much of the 2000s. Indie publisher Beamdog recently told an inquisitive player that they were considering bringing the RPG series to Android, after recently announcing Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition for the iPad. For the uninitiated, Baldur's Gate was an attempt to bring the Forgotten Realms tabletop role-playing game (based on Dungeons and Dragons) to the world of video games. Instead of turn-based combat, it relies on a real-time combat system that can be paused at any time. The overhead isometric viewpoint is designed to allow for fantasy settings and elements while keeping the traditional token-based perspective of tabletop gaming. Incidentally, it would also be pretty awesome for a tablet. Think of it as a more structured, paced version of Diablo. This is a long way from a confirmation, but an Android version seems like a natural progression for the small developer. The interface probably wouldn't lend itself towards play on a smartphone (not without some serious work, anyway) but some of the larger Android phones might be able to handle it. The iPad app is scheduled for release this summer, so at the very earliest it would be late fall before Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition might make it to Android. A good way to bring it a little faster might be contacting the developer and distributor (overhaul@beamdog.com) and telling them how much you want it. [via DroidGamers]

Humble Bundle for Android 2 now includes Snuggle Truck

Last week we brought you news of the Humble Bundle for Android 2, the second collection of DRM-free, pay-what-you-want games that benefit some worthy causes. The second Humble Bundle included four games and a fifth if you donated more than the average. As with the original Humble Bundle for Android, they've added a fifth game: Snuggle Truck, a 2d platforming/driving hybid. In Snuggle Truck you drive your beaten-down pickup through a platforming level, keeping as many stuffed animals safely within the bed as possible. Yeah, we don't get it either.

Angry Birds Space downloaded 10 million times in just three days

If you haven't heard that Rovio's released an update to its Angry Birds franchise yet, congratulations: you've managed to avoid online, print, television (both cable and local) and word-of-mouth news for the last few days. And you haven't been to Seattle. But just about everyone else knows that Angry Birds Space is now available for download, because they've been playing with zero-gravity avians all weekend. Across iOS and Android platforms, the game has been downloaded an incredible 10 million times already.

Gameloft plans in-app purchases and social features for all 2012 games

Gameloft is one of few companies that qualifies as a top-tier game publisher in the Android realm, and it looks like they've got big plans for all of their upcoming games. Plans of a very specific nature: PocketGamer reports that Gameloft will be placing in-app purchases in every game it releases for the remainder of the year, on every platform, for both smartphones and tablets. The company made the announcement during its financial report, adding that all its upcoming games will also have social elements.

16-bit classic King of Fighters offers an Android beatdown

Attention, jaded modern gamers: put down your Soul Calibur 5 and Tekken Whatever discs. Put away Virtua Fighter and Dead or Alive (shame on you, there could be kids watching). If you want some bona-fide classic fighter action, a legend has just dropped onto the Google Play Store to satisfy your need for over-the-top martial arts craziness. The King of Fighters, the original entrant in Neo-Geo's storied franchise spanning nearly twenty years, is now available on the Google Play Store. It comes via the G-Gee platform, which previously published the equally classic brawler Double Dragon.

Angry Birds Space review

It's finally here: the avian outer space destruction simulation that's been on the minds of Bird-brains for weeks. Angry Birds Space represents the first major revision to Rovio's familiar formula since the game launched - unlike the various Seasons themed updates (with the occasional extra bird thrown in) Angry Birds Space shakes up the equation with physics-based levels and puzzles, forcing players to account for areas of low, zero and radial gravity in order to smash those thieving pigs. Does Space live up to its world-conquering predecessor? Read on to find out.

Onlive’s LA Noire gets native touschscreen controls

As exciting as a service like Onlive is for mobile gamers, its utility for more complex games is diminished somewhat by the limitation of translating a control scheme designed for a device with dozens of buttons and dual joysticks into a touchscreen experience. At least one of Onlive's offerings is working around that: Rockstar's 2011 hit LA Noir is getting touch-native controls on Android, granting a more friendly touch-based user interface that dynamically adjusts depending upon the game's situation. This makes the Onlive version of LA Noir play more like a tablet game and less like a remote-controlled experience.

Activision plans Call of Duty: Elite tablet app

Call Of Duty's Elite app for Android has more than half a million downloads, but publisher Activision isn't going to rest on their haunches. They told T3 today that the augmented game service would be breaking out of its small-screen shackles and landing on tablets soon. Activision Product Director Noah Heller said that this was no mere upscaling; it'll be a native tablet app on both iOS and Android, presumably bringing the user interface elements from Honeycomb and Ice Cream Sandwich along with it.

Android gaming needs software more than hardware

You may have noticed our awesome giveaway that starts today: two ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime tablets, with an extra two chances to win courtesy of our sister site, SlashGear. The promotion is made possible by NVIDIA, and we thank them kindly. NVIDIA's probably done more than any other single company (with the possible exception of Google itself) to advance gaming on Android. But here's the thing: awesome hardware isn't enough. As great as the Tegra 3 and other next-gen platforms are for gaming, the games themselves have to be the focus if Android is going to be a major contender in the mobile gaming space.