android games

EA backs off: won’t disable older mobile games

EA, never the most beloved of America's gaming companies, made a major goof yesterday: they sent a message to players of the iOS version of Rock Band that the game would shut down on May 31st, flat-out denying the app to thousands of players who'd paid $4.99 for it. As you might expect, reactions were almost universally negative, including our own. EA has now recanted that particular message, saying that "Rock Band for iOS will remain live - the in-app message users received yesterday was sent in error." Sure, guys, sure - we're just glad you've seen sense.

Angry Birds Space breaks records with 50 million downloads

Angry Birds Space is popular. That statement is something akin to "rock is hard" on the scale of most obvious things ever said, but a little specificity is useful: Rovio claims that the sequel to the smash hit Angry Birds has been downloaded 50 million times since it was released last month. That makes Angry Birds Space the fastest-growing ("selling" isn't really appropriate here) mobile game of all time. The stat takes into account downloads on Android and iOS.

Project Glass Battlefield concept brings augmented reality to gaming

Project Glass has inspired its fair share of constructive conversation, not to mention parody. But the latest video to play off of Google's augmented reality project takes the cake and the checkpoint. YouTube user ThereIsACanal used the ideas presented in Google's now-famous concept video and extrapolated to see what "Battlefield 5" could look like when taken into the real world. The results aren't exactly a cinematic masterpiece, but the video does a great job at illustrating the possibilities inherent in augmented reality gaming.

Classic PC racer Death Rally gets another lap on Android

It's a good time to be an Android owner and a classic gaming fan. The latest 90s-era game to come to Android is the racing/shooting hybrid Death Rally, a Twisted Metal-style game that pits your customized war machine against other on the highway to he... er, Arkansas. The tongue-in-cheek game was released for iOS last year, but now it's available on Android for free, bupkiss and nada. Imagine it as Reckless Racing with machine guns, and you're just about there.

Fake Angry Birds Space app is a trojan in disguise

Angry Birds Space is a lot of fun. No, really, it justifies the hype - if you haven't tried it yet, download the free game in the Google Play Store. But for Pete's sake, make sure you're using the Google Play Store: a fake app is unsurprisingly masquerading as the ultra-popular mobile game to add Android phones and tablets to its network of infected devices, remotely downloading more malicious apps and displaying ads. Security researchers at Sophos spotted the fake app in third-party app stores, but says that the official Rovio files are not affected.

N64 emulator ripped off, then kicked out of the Play Store by copycat

The great thing about open source software is that anybody can use it. The not-so-great thing about open source software... is that anybody can use it. Such was the case with two N64 emulators battling it out on the Google Play Store. According to a massive Reddit thread, the original game emulator was called "Mupen64Plus Android Edition", developed by Paul Lamb and based off of the open-source emulator Mupen64Plus. Under the General Public License, anyone can use the Mupen code for any project they like (including charging for it) as long as proper attribution is given. Paul put up his app on the Google Play Store, and for a while, all was right with the world.

Draw Something gets 50 million downloads in 50 days

Angry Birds? Small stuff. Instagram? Hipster fodder. Apparently the real mobile gaming sensation is Draw Something from startup OMGPOP!. The Pictionary-style Android and iOS game has racked up an incredible 50 million downloads in as many days across both platforms. At least 10 million (and probably a good bit more) come from the free Android version, and another 500,000 to a million have paid for the upgraded game. iTunes doesn't publish its app numbers, but Draw Something has consistently held the top spot among games there and in the Google Play Store.

Football Manager comes to Android April 11th

Football season is over here in the US, and that means a long, boring wait through spring and summer before we see more pigskin action. But don't worry, NFL fans: you can get some vicarious football thrills in the interim via Football Manager Handheld, a portable version of the popular PC and console game. Developer Sega says it'll release the game next week for £6.99, and presumably its local equivilent currencies. Players can choose from football leagues in Australia, Belgium, Brazil, England, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Portugal, Scotland, Spain and Wales. Hey, wait a second...

Skyrim Unlocker concept is all the rage in the Thieves Guild

I you've been following the Android Reddit for the last few days, you've probably seen a few concept screens for a lockscreen inspired by Bethesda's RPG magnum opus, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Well, a developer going by "DaveRun" has finally gotten the ball rolling in earnest, developing a concept app that mimics the console and PC game's lock-picking interface almost perfectly. It doesn't actually unlock the phone yet since it's at the proof of concept stage, but Dave's getting a lot of support from like-minded users on his post. You can download the non-Market app and install it on any Android phone.

Kairsoft’s latest Android game: Cafeteria Nipponica

You. Yes, you. Stop your giggling. "Nippon" is a dialect word for "Japan", and Kairsoft's latest Android game reflects that. Now that that's out of the way: noted Android RPG maker Kairsoft has teased its latest game for the platform, Cafeteria Nipponica, and it's set for release this Thursday. While the company didn't say much about the game itself, their history and the title should be more than enough to get the gist of it. There's no mention of whether the game will be released in English right away, but considering their habit of renaming games for the western market, it seems unlikely.