Thursday, July 31, 2014

Top 5 Free Android Games of July 2014

The Android marketplace can be a daunting place for newcomers trying to find free games worth playing. This new article series will be an attempt to sift through the market for 5 of the "best" free Android games released each month.
Telltale games have released the first episode of the second season of their phenomenal rendition of The Walking Dead for free on Android. While it isn't technically an entire game for free, it's of a quality that makes it worthy of inclusion, and is a great way for those unfamiliar with the series to get a taste. Few studios can tell a story like Telltale.
Castle Doombad lets players assume the role of a classically evil cartoon villain. Heroes storm the castle in an attempt to save a captured princess, while her screams are harvested as an energy source to outfit the lair with a variety of traps. It's a very polished game with intuitive controls that is packed with the charm and humor [adult swim] is best known for. 

Soulcraft 2 by MobileBits GmBH

Action RPG are, at least for the time being, a genre best suited for the PC. With that being said, sometimes one just wants to hack through mobs of enemies without having to sit down at a mouse and keyboard. Soulcraft 2 is one of the best options out there for Android gamers. With 7 characters to choose from, players can engage in asynchronous PVP and take on the various single-payer missions in the main campaign.

  Jupiter Jump by Noodlecake Studios Inc

Endless runners are one of the most abundant genres in mobile gaming, and it's easy to dismiss them as virtually identical clones of one another. Jupiter Jump mixes things up by having the character automatically jump whenever he touches land. The game revolves around avoiding obstacles by tapping the screen to quickly slam into the ground and start another jump, which is just tricky enough to make it stand apart from similar titles. 

Lionheart Tactics by Kongregate

Lionheart Tactics is a grid-based tactical game with beautifully rendered 3D graphics, fluid gameplay and charming animations. While a little light compared to other games in the genre, it has the core of what makes turn-based tactical games great. Not everything can be as absurdly deep as, say, Disgea, and nor should it. This one'll scratch that tactical itch without all the overwhelming complexity.

Honorable Mention:

Assassins Hero Fighter by DKGameDroid

While some of its splash art is ripped directly from Devil May Cry, there's no denying a good beat-em-up when you see one. Assassin's Hero Fighter boasts some great sprite work, quick gameplay, and satisfyingly devastating special attacks. It's simple, old-school fun.

That's all for this month. Check back at the tail-end of August for another 5 free Android games worth playing. 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Club Nintendo 2014 elite rewards are here

Club Nintendo members who rack up Gold/Platinum status (300/600 coins) in a Club Nintendo year become eligible for an elite selection of prizes. In the past, these included cool physical collectibles including statues, soundtracks, posters, calendars, etc. This year however, the prizes are completely digital. Given that there are also fewer prizes available for normal redemption, Nintendo may have a new set of prizes in store for us. The games are as follows:

Wii U

*Game & Wario
*NES Remix
*Dr. Luigi
Kid Icarus
Super Mario Bros.
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

*Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D
*Fluidity: Spin Cycle
*Dillon's Rolling Western
*Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move
Ice Climber
Donkey Kong 3
Wario Land II
Super Mario Land 2: Six Golden Coins

* - exclusive to Platinum status members

Thursday, July 10, 2014

July Club Nintendo downloads include 3D Classics: Kid Icarus and Metal Torrent

Until Aug 3, members of Club Nintendo will be able to grab 3D Classics: Kid Icarus and Metal Torrent. Metal Torrent is a solid spaceship shooter with tight controls and a satisfying old-school sense of difficulty while 3D Classics: Kid Icarus speaks for itself. Each can be had for 200 coins.

On the Wii/U side of things, Donkey Kong Jr. and Paper Mario can be had for 200 and 250 coins, respectively. The physical rewards have also been decreased dramatically for reasons unknown, leaving us with 8 choices, 3 of which are currently out of stock.