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Google has decided recently to take a hard stand against those apps which give users the worst type of ads; ones that appear as push notifications and ones which install some sort of icon on the user’s home screen that may or may not be related to the app which was just installed. These practices have long annoyed users of the Android OS as they’re both intrusive and sometime leave the device open to malware or other types of attacks. This is great news for those who love to install that random Sudoku game developed from some weird source out of Bangladesh or all of those odd “porn” applications that appear on the Google Play store.
Perhaps you think its farfetched for these kind of games to cause cyber attacks upon a user’s phone or tablet? Think again. Reports are coming out of South Korea that North Korea has been building free to play games aimed at being a platform for DDoS attacks. It was discovered after South Korean authorities intercepted an attack on one of their airport’s networks, tracing the source back to North Korean produced free to play games. While their hasn’t been any confirmation that these attacks happened on Android phones themselves, given the F2P obsessed culture in Asia coupled with the popularity of Android phones in Korea, it’s very possible if this attack wasn’t at least in part happening on mobile devices, that it could be the next target for one.
That isn’t the only thing getting Android users into a possible tizzy this week. Grand Theft Auto V, which has produced both a mobile manual and a complimentary mobile game, has really been getting on Android users nerves. While they have released the interactive manual, including a giant Google Maps like style of in game map, they’ve yet to release the companion app, full of mini games that can actually help you in the console version, onto the Android OS. Therefore, users have taken to their favorite method of internet protest, the online petition, in order to “stick it to the man” and get Rockstar to release the iFruit app onto Android. The petition, which has already produced quite a lot of signatures, is looking to garner 5,000 names before sending it off to whomever reads those things.
But there is good news out there in Android land, involving stuff that is kind of out of the scope of the Android OS itself. For example, look at the iConsole.TV. Despite having the signature lowercase I in its name, usually indicative of Apple related products, this device is actually an Android powered gaming console, set to be coming out soon. However, they made another big announcement this week as they stated the upcoming Steam OS will also be able to run within the Android OS on this puppy. Now users who want to experience the best in mobile gaming and PC gaming will be able to do so with this device.
Another awesome cross over involving Android this week comes from one of our favorite games, Combo Crew. The mobile brawler, which received 5 woofs from us here at Gamewoof has added some new DLC this week, thanks to a partnership with Capcom. The game will now be featuring four characters from the iconic Street Fighter series, Ken, Ryu, Chun-Li and Blanka. These characters are in addition to Viewtiful Joe from Capcom and Lester Knight from the renowned game Another World. This unique brawler will now have a myriad of characters to choose from and there’s no telling what other unique iconic characters we could see next in this title (Please say Mega Man…)
Speaking of awesome game developers from your youth, Sega has just announced the release of two more games onto the Android OS in the near future. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 and Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 of course is the super popular follow up to the Sega flagship IP who would become the face of the company. Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed is the mobile follow up to the first mobile racing game put out by the developer. Sega also announced two other games, but neither have been confirmed for Android as of yet, but hopefully will be sometime soon.
EA also has made some waves in the Google Play store this week. Not only did they finally release probably one of the most anticipated mobile games this year, Plants vs. Zombies 2: It’s About Time, onto the Google Play store this week, but other announcements were made by the gaming giant as well. EA informed fans that they are working on a high end mobile version of Battlefield for release sometime in the distant future. Battlefield 4 has already been hyped up and is a game many are looking forward to and it appears EA wants to bring that hype to the mobile platform as well.
We’ve also caught news of a bunch of other exciting titles coming to Android soon. Lucasarts and Telltale games have told the world that the Lego Star Wars series will be heading to Android and iOS in the spring/summer time of next year. Additionally, Ubisoft has set a date for their game Rayman Fiesta Run this week, telling us the game is set to release on the Android OS on November 7th. Finally, the creative force behind Terraria tells us that for the follow up game, he hopes to release it on mobile simultaneously with other versions of the game.
Here are some other upcoming Android games:
Sega recently announced four games coming to mobile, two of which are confirmed for the Android OS.
These two games are Sonic the Hedgehog 2 and Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed. Sonic 2 will be a port of the Sega Genesis follow up to their flagship IP, with new controls to accommodate touch screens. Sonic All-Stars Racing Transformed is of course a sequel to the Sonic racing game that previously released on Android.
There’s no precise date of release for either of these two titles on the Google Play store yet, but Sonic 2 appears to be slated for a November 2013 release, with Sonic All-Stars Racing Transformed rumored to be launching in the Winter of this year. This new Sega racing title will bring even more modes, including tournament play, while bringing you more of your favorite Sega characters.
The other games Sega announced are Demon Tribe and Rhythm Theif and The Paris Caper. While only slated for release on iOS mobile devices currently, there’s no saying they couldn’t eventually come to Android, depending on their success and reception on the Apple App Store.
Source: Sega Blog
Kart racing, which was popularized by the Mario Kart franchise, has found a common method to be successful. Sonic and SEGA All Stars Racing, an Android game from SEGA, didn’t steer away from that kind of system as it has everything you’d hope for in a kart racer. Though it’s more than two years old before driving into Google Play, it’s still an excellent kart racer.
Crazy Taxi is one of those nostalgic arcade hits that everyone remembers and everyone, at least at some point in their lives, loves. It’s pointless, it’s zany, it’s chaotic, it’s everything a good arcade game should be. It’s also one of those franchises that Sega has resurrected through various means over and over again, with mixed results.
Finally, Android users can enjoy this arcade classic on any Android device version 2.2 and up! Players will get the original version of the game, but with all of the goodies from the console version as well. That means you can choose from the Arcade rules, original rules, or play any of the corny mini games that were thrown into the console versions as well. All while, get this, having your ears serenaded with the ORIGINAL soundtrack of Bad Religion and The Offspring. As someone who grew up on punk rock, these couple of songs made one of my favorite video game soundtracks ever.
Dear Sega, I know you used to be the king of the video game world. I should know, after all, as many of my friends and I abandoned our Nintendo fanboy ways to jump ship to your elegant and sexy Sega Genesis system. Heck, I almost cried in joy when I got my Sega CD. I was one of the few people I’ve ever met who not owned a 32X, but also adored my Sega Saturn. Yes, I also pour one out every year over the end of the Dreamcast, probably one of the best consoles ever made in terms of its library.
But that’s not what this is about, Sega. No, this is about what you’ve done with the ONE franchise that’s held a soft spot in my heart all these years. Yeah, the lovable blue spikey rat thing with the red shoes you guys ironically named Sonic has curled up in a ball and spun his way around my gaming soul from back when I was a dumb little kid who still though Mud Pies were something you could eat, to the sophisticated, totally doesn’t eat Jack’s pizza anymore, 30 year old man. Can you blame me afterall? He was the mascot to end all mascots. There hasn’t been a game manufacturer who has had a flagship mascot successfully stick around since him!
I was going to start this review by waxing nostalgic about the Dreamcast and Jet Set Radio. I was going to talk about how special the console was to my childhood and how Jet Set Radio’s soundtrack completely blew me away and its revolutionary cel-shaded graphics sent waves through the game industry. As interesting as it would have been for me to take a trip down memory lane, that isn’t why you are here, You are here to find out if Jet Set Radio for Android is worth a purchase. My definitive and authoritative answer to that is an anti-climatic, probably.
Jet Set Radio has a lot of things going for it, even thirteen years after its initial release. Unfortunately, it also has a few things wrong with it, things that were acceptable faults for a major release in 2000, when game developers were just starting to get a handle on how to deal with adding a third dimension in their games, but are far less acceptable today. How accepting you can be of these faults will be a major determining factor in how much enjoyment you will get out of Jet Set Radio.
With the monstrous E3 trade show taking place this week, I’m afraid there’s no way to talk about video game console, even one as set apart from the usual hardware as Ouya, without touching on the convention and the announcements surrounding it. While Ouya technically won’t be at the show, it will be in LA over those three days, demoing games and chatting with public and press alike…in a parking lot across from E3′s South Hall. If there’s one thing that I feel typifies Ouya, it’s being cheap. I don’t mean that in the negative sense, but similar to how Warren Buffet is cheap for continuing to live in a modest house in Omaha, Nebraska, despite the much bigger possibilities available to him.
Okay, maybe it’s not quite like that, but what I mean is that Ouya stands for the frugal, in my mind. Setting up a convention booth across the street from the actual convention is a brilliant way to make a statement about the company and the product that booth is advertising. Whether you think this move is winsome or witless, Ouya has some stuff to show you at their makeshift street-side stand. Since Mike decided to leave this out of his news roundup this week, let me tell you about the five new games we know will be on Ouya at E3.
In the early part of 1990s, SEGA became a leading video game company thanks to its cute spiky blue creature, Sonic. The series of platform games started in 1991 when Sonic The Hedgehog was released. I first got acquainted with Sonic on my SEGA Genesis when I was a kid. I can vividly remember opening the package of the cartridge and inserting it into the console with my brother who was also sheepishly smiling at that time.
Cutting the long story short, fans of the franchise will rekindle their connection with Sonic as the original game was recently launched on Android. Sonic The Hedgehog is an accurate port of the original with gameplay extras and old-school menus as well. If you have played this earlier, it will bring back nostalgia. If not, it is still a good game to play. This Android game is a platformer where you control a fast hedgehog. Your goal is to stop Doctor Eggman, also known as Dr. Ivo Robotnik, who is using evil ways to transform every animal into monsters. It’s up to you – as Sonic – to save the animal race.
A while back I wrote a story about emulation and the fact Nintendo and others are leaving money on the table by not adopting emulation or porting their retro library out to Android, iOS or other mobile devices. In a discussions I’ve had with a couple friends in colleagues I’ve begun to question this again. How difficult is it to get the port of your favorite retro games into the Google Play marketplace? Why are companies so willing to just leave money on the table, especially in a gaming industry where development companies are constantly accused of being “money hungry”? As Seinfeld would say “What’s the deal?”
Look on the Google Play store for emulators and I guarantee you will come across a whole cornucopia of them, both paid and unpaid. For reasons pretty obvious, I’m not going to tell you what they are, nor how to obtain games for them, but the fact so many exist is evidence enough that consumers want to see retro and classic games on their mobile devices? And why not?
Many gamers today, present party included, grew up with the Atari, Nintendo, Sega, Amiga, list of retro consoles, blah, blah, blah… (you get the point). Even those who haven’t may be interested in exploring the origins of some of their favorite games. I’m sure there are people who enjoyed New Super Mario World on the Wii but give you a blank stare when you ask their speed run time on Mario 1 on the NES. (Mine is about 10 mns if you were wondering, I believe the world record is like 4 or 5 mns.) If anyone remembers from last year, when someone put out a phony Pokemon Yellow game for the iOS, it quickly rose to #3 on the iOS charts, until Apple struck it down with the mighty hammer of Steve Jobs.