And the Nominees Are: Google Announces First-Ever Google Play Awards

Google I/O will feature a new celebration of developers this year, with Google’s announcement of the Google Play Awards. These awards will be given out to developers in several different categories, such as Standout Startup, Best Families App, and Best Use of Google Play Game Services. Interestingly enough, Google already has its nominees, selected by a “panel of experts on the Google Play team,” and the public’s voice appears to have no say in who will win. It’s all up to Google.  (more…)

Exploding Kittens, Kickstarter’s Most-Funded Game, Now Available for Android

Kickstarter’s most-funded game, Exploding Kittens, is now available for download from Google Play. Priced at $1.99, Exploding Kittens is a multiplayer card game that has been redeveloped for mobile devices. On mobile, you can play online with strangers from across the world, or you can choose to play offline with friends. The game supports 2-5 players.

The game is essentially a kitty version of Russian Roulette. Players draw cards until they draw an Exploding Kitten. If that is done, the player is dead and can no longer play. However, if that player has a defense card, such as a Catnip Sandwich or Laser Pointer, that player continues. All of the other cards in the deck are used to move, mitigate, or avoid the Exploding Kittens. (more…)

Friday App Sales: ISS Detector Pro, Machinarium, EPOCH 2, and More

Yes, it’s Friday already, meaning it’s time to go over the latest apps and game sales available on Google Play. Currently on sale, folks can grab a few classics, such as Machinarium for only $2.49, EPOCH and EPOCH 2 for $0.99 each, or go a bit bigger with Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance for $14.99.

There are other deals taking place that aren’t on Google Play, available through NVIDIA’s GeForce NOW game streaming service. For example, you can grab Mad Max for 66% off, The Wold Among Us for 50% off, and Super Mega Baseball for 50% off. Lots of good deals. You can find all of them here.

Check out the full list of apps on sale through Google Play below.  (more…)

Super Meat Boy Hits Google Play for NVIDIA SHIELD TV, Priced at $15

It’s funny, back in early 2012 is when we first began to hear rumors that Super Meat Boy would launch for Android, and here we are a little over four years later with the official title finally making its way to Google Play. Thanks to the folks at NVIDIA, Super Meat Boy is launching exclusively for the SHIELD Android TV set-top box, bringing the pixelated platformer to the masses for the price of $14.99.  (more…)

Alpha Test Minecraft: Realms, a Cross-Platform Multiplayer Experience

Ahead of official launch, which isn’t even scheduled yet, users can alpha test the upcoming Minecraft: Realms game, an actual cross-platform multiplayer experience for fans of Minecraft. At launch, Minecraft: Realms will allow players on iOS, Android, PC, and Windows 10 editions of Minecraft (Xbox One) to be in the same world simultaneously, bringing that teamwork spirit that was so popular when Minecraft first launched for PC way back in the day.  (more…)

Friday App Sales: SunVox, Minecraft: Story Mode, Sky Gamblers, and More

For those in need of a few new apps and games to keep them busy over the weekend, take a look at the latest sales going on over at Google Play. For a limited time, you can save on SunVox ($2.99), Minecraft: Story Mode ($0.49), or better control your device’s volumes with Volume Control + for just $0.99.

Additionally, folks can grab Knights of Pen and Paper 2 for $3, TA: Little Red Riding Hood for only $1 (this game is really good), plus the Doom and Destiny series for $1 a pop.

Here’s the full list of apps currently on sale through Google Play.  (more…)

3 Android Games Worth Owning: Alto’s Adventure, Lost in Harmony, and One More Dash

It’s only early April, but already, plenty of new games have been hitting Google Play, swooping mobile gamers up out of their daily lives, placing them in fantastical realms of imagination, wonder, and excitement. Being quite the fan of mobile gaming, as well as console gaming, it has been a real joy watching many premium titles be made available for mobile devices, lifting up the entire Android platform as a whole. Whether you are an intense player with a game controller accessory, or maybe just a porcelain throne warrior looking for 10 minutes of enjoyment, there is something for everyone on Google Play.

The latest three games I have compiled land right in the middle for everyone. As a fan of more intense titles, Alto’s Adventure has been a real treat or me, as it’s the perfect mix of challenge and relaxation. Nothing beats carving down a mountainside. In addition, One More Dash will give the compulsive crowd something to cheer about, while Lost in Harmony is made for those who might want to escape for 30 minutes to an hour. Regardless of your play style, one of these three titles should suit you.

Here are 3 Android games worth owning.  (more…)