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1:45 PM on 04.18.2014

Trials Frontier's first week saw six million downloads

While I liked the just-released Trials Fusion less than its predecessor, I still enjoyed the game. It's pretty good, all things considered. I'm less optimistic about the other new series title released this month, Trials Fron...

Jordan Devore


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2:15 PM on 04.17.2014

Season 2 of The Walking Dead hits Vita next week

Informal poll, who plays the series on Vita? It seems like such a late addition platform that, coupled with its small-ish install base, a lot of people who wanted to play The Walking Dead have by the time the Vita versions ke...

Steven Hansen

2:30 PM on 04.16.2014

Magic 2015 Duels of the Planeswalkers coming this summer

Magic 2015 Duels of the Planeswalkers was announced for release this summer on Xbox One, Xbox Live Arcade, Steam, and mobile devices. While not a surprise considering they've produced a new game every summer for the past...

Caitlin Cooke

4:30 PM on 04.14.2014

The next Age of Empires is for mobile

A free-to-play, touch-based Age of Empires is exactly what none of us wanted but Microsoft is the latest in a long line of companies that can't resist chasing after the lucrative mobile market. This KLab-developed strategy title will hit iOS, Android, and Windows Phone in the summer. It's called Age of Empires: World Domination. Commit that name to memory, and stay away.

Jordan Devore

6:00 PM on 04.10.2014

Turn-based Hitman GO comes to iOS next week

Square Enix Montréal's turn-based strategy title Hitman GO looks like a decent excursion while we wait for the next major franchise installment from IO Interactive. It's coming real soon -- first to iOS devices on Apri...

Jordan Devore



Monument Valley looks a bit like Fez x Echochrome photo
Monument Valley looks a bit like Fez x Echochrome
by Steven Hansen

That soothing music was nice before I go drive to the middle of nowhere to do my taxes. I don't have anything that will play Monument Valley (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch), which is out now, but if I did, I would. Thankfully an Android release is coming soon.

I love the minimalist, colorful, MC Escher inspired architecture. And the upright bird people that look like plague doctors. So cute. 

If you have an iWhatever, maybe drop four bucks on this neat little game.

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11:00 PM on 04.02.2014

Crush zombies in endurance racer Dead End

Released today for iOS, Android and Windows Phones, Dead End is an endurance racing game in which players strike zombies to earn cash while avoiding road hazards. Earned money can then be spent on upgrades to the car, a...

Conrad Zimmerman



PSA: Sonic CD is free for Android for 7 more hours photo
PSA: Sonic CD is free for Android for 7 more hours
by Steven Hansen

Apparently-controller-compatible Sonic CD is Amazon's free Android app of the day for about seven more hours. This staggering deal will literally save you dollars compared to the usual $3 price tag.

Use them well. I'm going to buy a lottery ticket and burn the other two as sacrifice. For luck.

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4:15 PM on 04.02.2014

Clint Hocking, Kim Swift join Amazon Game Studios

Amazon's acquisition of Killer Instinct developer Double Helix Games was unexpected and the company has only just begun making moves if a recent pair of hires is any indication. Kotaku is reporting that Portal designer Kim Sw...

Jordan Devore

2:30 PM on 04.02.2014

These are the games Amazon is developing

The Amazon Fire TV went on sale today and for a lot of us, it's a case of too little, too late. We already own one if not multiple devices that can stream all of the weird things we enjoy watching in the privacy of our homes...

Jordan Devore



Amazon announces its $99 set-top box Fire TV photo
Amazon announces its $99 set-top box Fire TV
by Jordan Devore

Amazon has finally announced its long-rumored media device and it's available for purchase as of today. The $99 Amazon Fire TV supports expected streaming services like Netflix, Hulu Plus, Prime Instant Video, and Pandora, but games also have a presence on the box which sports an Adreno 320 GPU, 2GB of memory, and a quad-core processor.

There a over a hundred games supported including Minecraft: Pocket Edition, Asphalt 8, and Amazon Game Studios' exclusive third-person shooter Sev Zero, with "thousands more coming soon." According to Amazon, many of these games are free and "the average price of paid games is just $1.85." Of course, that less-than-ideal gamepad is being sold separately for $39.99.

There are a few interesting gimmicks, but the one that sounds most intriguing to me is ASAP (Advanced Streaming and Prediction), a feature which predicts movies or television episodes you'll want to watch and prepares them for playback ahead of time to avoid buffering. I'm not really in the market for the Fire TV as a Roku owner -- and Amazon has a long way to go before it can pull me in with its gaming initiative -- but this looks like a nice little box. Maybe someday.

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5:00 PM on 04.01.2014

Bridge Constructor is in the new Humble Bundle

There's a single game above all others that has me interested in Humble Bundle: PC and Android 9 and you can probably guess whi--yeah, it's Bridge Constructor. What gave it away? If you're confused as to why I'm so happy abou...

Jordan Devore



LEGO Minifigures Online is an MMO that anyone can jump into photo
LEGO Minifigures Online is an MMO that anyone can jump into
by Brett Makedonski

Let's face it: massively multiplayer online games can be intimidating for some people. Between the incredibly nuanced systems that some titles tout, and the tales of time and dedication required to "properly" play a game, it's not exactly an inviting scene. It's tough to fault those that shy away from the genre altogether.

Funcom's out to make an accessible free-to-play MMO, and it's got the world's most beloved toy brand behind it. LEGO Minifigures Online is a game that's technically aimed at children, but it's plenty reasonable to expect a more mature audience will find a certain cathartic thrill, too.

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2:30 PM on 03.26.2014

Plants vs. Zombies 2's 'Far Future' update hits today

PopCap is releasing an update for Plants vs. Zombies 2 on iOS and Android today which adds a bunch of futuristic-looking plants and zombies as well as a new world map. Yes, there are lasers. EA has run through a few of the ad...

Jordan Devore



Epic Games announces new $19.99/mo Unreal Engine 4 subscription plan photo
Epic Games announces new $19.99/mo Unreal Engine 4 subscription plan
by Dale North

Anyone can gain access to Unreal Engine 4 now with a new subscription plan, priced at $19.99 a month. This was announced this morning in a GDC press conference by Epic co-founder Tim Sweeney. 

With this new plan, users can deploy to four platforms: PC, Mac, iOS, and Android. Developers will pay 5 percent of revenues for full access to Unreal Engine 4. This fee gets you the tools, access to full C++ source code (via GitHub), documentation, and forum support access. This new plan is available today, letting new developers download tools and get started right now (or in a few minutes -- the site is down right now).

Sweeney calls today the start of something new for Epic Games. He said that they’ve been working quietly behind the scene on new technology for awhile now. The future of the engine is inspired by a lot of changes in the game industry. The assumption was that bigger and better was going to be the continual goal for the future of gaming, but things have changed since, with mobile and VR entering the scene in a big way.

The newest form of  Unreal Engine 4 was built to be highly usable for developers of all sizes.   Sweeney says that even if you don’t know how to program, you could build a game in Unreal Engine 4. He confident enough about its ease of use that noted that the engine could potentially be a new outlet for the motivated Minecraft player.

It used to cost many millions of dollars and lots of licensing paperwork for AAA developers to use UE4 to make games. Sweeney admits that this is an outdated plan now. They’re shooting for practicability and accessibility with their new business mode; every developer on earth will have access to all the tools Epic has when they develop their AAA games now. For $20, cancelable at any time. How great is that?

As an example, they showed off a game they made with the tools, called Tappy Chicken. It was developed in two days with Blueprint in UE4, with no programming. Other examples of the tools were shown -- more on these later today.

You'll find the full details on this new plan here.

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2:30 PM on 03.18.2014

Amazon's set-top box could offer PC game streaming service

The Amazon set-top box rumor train continues to chug along. The latest info leak from Tech Crunch is pretty substantial though, as they've learned that Amazon's device will be a dongle-like setup similar to Google's Chromecas...

Hamza CTZ Aziz