Rovio’s movie tie-in game The Croods now available for download

Rovio’s prehistoric movie tie-in The Croods has just stumbled onto the decidedly modern iOS and Android landscapes.

Instead of producing another physics-based puzzler, the Angry Birds developer has cooked up a creature-management game based around hunting and gathering.

After assuming control of family patriarch Grug, you are tasked with hunting down ten unusual animals.

You can then trap and tame these weird critters – such as the genetically confused Molarbear and Girelephant – to create your own madcap menagerie.

As your creature collection grows in The Croods, you’ll also want to explore the area surrounding your Stone Age dwelling. By helping Grug build inventions, you’ll gain access to more areas of the map.


Interestingly, the Finnish dev has opted to make The Croods a free-to-play game. You can buy extra items and perks via IAPs, however.

You can download The Croods free on iOS [download] and Android [download] now.

(UPDATE)Temple Run: Oz for Android Now Available For Download

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Early last month, Disney France PR representative Cecile Fouques accidentally let slip that the House of Mouse was working with developer Imangi Studios on an Oz the Great and Powerful-based Temple Run spin-off.

Well, Temple Run: Oz has just sprinted onto the App Store, and is coming soon now available in Google Play.This Oz the Great and Powerful tie-in game is built on the same engine as the hugely popular Temple Run 2, but features live environments based on locations from Disney’s upcoming movie, such as the Whimsie Woods and the Dark Forest.

Down to it Your job – as it always is in Temple Run games – is to run (and glide in a hot air balloon) as far as you possibly can.This time around, though, you’ll be sprinting along the infamous Yellow Brick Road, and trying to complete more than 100 unique objectives along the way.

Naturally, your path is littered with snap dragons, flying baboons, crumbling bridges, and other themed hazards, as well as collectible coins that you can spend on life-prolonging power-ups.

You can download Temple Run: Oz from the App Store [buy] right now, for 69p / 99c and here from Google Play.

Sprint through the Whimsie Woods in Disney’s Temple Run: Oz

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Early last month, Disney France PR representative Cecile Fouques accidentally let slip that the House of Mouse was working with developer Imangi Studios on an Oz the Great and Powerful-based Temple Run spin-off.

Well, Temple Run: Oz has just sprinted onto the App Store, and is coming soon to Google Play.This Oz the Great and Powerful tie-in game is built on the same engine as the hugely popular Temple Run 2, but features live environments based on locations from Disney’s upcoming movie, such as the Whimsie Woods and the Dark Forest.

Down to itYour job – as it always is in Temple Run games – is to run (and glide in a hot air balloon) as far as you possibly can.This time around, though, you’ll be sprinting along the infamous Yellow Brick Road, and trying to complete more than 100 unique objectives along the way.

Naturally, your path is littered with snap dragons, flying baboons, crumbling bridges, and other themed hazards, as well as collectible coins that you can spend on life-prolonging power-ups.

You can download Temple Run: Oz from the App Store [buy] right now, for 69p / 99c. It will dash onto Google Play soon.

Rovio partners with Dreamworks to release ‘The Croods’ game

Angry Birds maker Rovio has announced a partnership with Dreamworks Animation to release the official game for the studio’s upcoming animated release “The Croods.” The game will carry the same name and will be released in Google Play on March 14.

“DreamWorks Animation’s The Croods is filled with wonderful characters and creatures in an incredibly detailed, inventive world — it was just begging for its very own mobile game!” said Petri Järvilehto, EVP of Games at Rovio Entertainment.

“This all-new game finds the Croods breaking out of the Stone Age with the use of a new r-evolutionary tool: the IDEA! The Croods will Hunt & Gather their way through spectacular new landscapes as they tame fantastic and never-seen-before creatures. Help The Croods survive the wild…and each other,” Rovio noted in a blog post.

The Croods movie is being released in threatens globally in 3D on March 22.

This is second movie-based game from Rovio Entertainment after the release of Angry Birds Rio in 2011.

Real Racing 3 coming on Feb 28

One of the most ambitious racing games on smartphones, Real Racing 3, now has a release date. According to a forum post by a developer, Real Racing 3 will be released worldwide on February 28, and it will be released for free on Android and iOS devices.

The company boasts the game’s unique multiplayer, dubbed the Time Shift Multiplayer feature. The multiplayer of Real Racing 3 allows you to play competitive multiplayer with anyone any time, and they don’t need to be online with you at the same time.

The game is set to have 46 licensed vehicles at launch, covering three classes, a 22 car grid, real world tracks, eight event types, and more than 900 events. The company plans to add more free content with every update.

The company hasn’t revealed anything about possible in-app purchases. If executed poorly, in-app purchases could absolutely destroy a game. Since the game is published by Electronic Arts (EA), it could follow the micro-transaction system of letting you buy any car in the game through in-app purchases. The effect this may have on the game’s balance is yet to be seen.

Much like other racing games, Real Racing revolves around racing around in cars. The first game was critically acclaimed with an average review score of 94 percent on Metacritic. The series is praised for its visuals and intelligent AI.

The second game was released in December 2010. It features a number of real cars, including the 2006 BMW Z4 M Coupe, the 2010 Chevrolet Corvette C6.R, and the 2010 Ford Shelby Mustang GT500, among others. As with the first game, it features an extensive career mode, time trials, and online play.

Real Racing 3 will mark the first time that a game in the series will see a release on Android. Earlier games have been exclusive to iOS.

OUYA Android game console set to reach retailers in June

ouya OUYA Android game console set to reach retailers in June

The Kickstarter funded OUYA game console is all set to be available in open market via retailers like Amazon, Best Buy, Target and Gamestop in the United States.  The console will be sold at $100 in June 2013, claims Digits, a Wall Street Journal blog.

The company will also be selling additional controllers for $50 via retailers, which is $20 than what OUYA is asking on its website.

To remind you, OUYA raised more than $8.5 million from a Kickstarter campaign and has already been taking pre-orders on its website. According to OUYA CEO Julie Uhrman, it already has more than 68,000 consoles on order but did not specify the exact number.

Julie added that the official unveiling is next month, when Kickstarter backers will get their units, followed by shipping of online pre-orders from OUYA website in April. The retail availability will begin in June.

OUYA Tech specs:

  • Tegra3 quad-core processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB of internal flash storage
  • HDMI connection to the TV, with support for up to 1080p HD
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Bluetooth LE 4.0
  • USB 2.0 (one)
  • Wireless controller with standard controls (two analog sticks, d-pad, eight action buttons, a system button), a touchpad
  • Android 4.0
  • Ethernet

Some experts from OUYA CEO interview with Digits:

Supported Games:

According to OUYA CEO, there are going to be 200 OUYA compatible game-titles and a large number of them are OUYA exclusive.

New Game: Zombie Road Trip

Here is another interesting game that just arrived for Android. It’s called, Zombie Road Trip. You take the wheel of a vehicle that is sent on its way, going up and down the platform-style levels, running over and blowing up as many zombies as you can. While doing that, you must also pay attention to the road, as your car is in the middle of doing some crazy acrobatic flips in the air. It’s not the easiest game, but it certainly is fun. 

Download Zombie Road Trip (Free)

Temple run 2 Android version coming soon

Imangi Studios has just released the successor to its hugely popular Temple Run game in Apple’s iTunes App Store and as expected everyone is wondering when is the Android version going to be released? Well, it is happening next week.

Polygon is reporting that Imangi co-founder Keith Shepherd told them that the Temple Run 2 Android version is almost done and should be arriving next week. It will be released in Google Play as well as Amazon App Store. Shepherd however was cautious about the launch date as he stated – “with these things, you never know.” So, while it is very likely that the Android version releases next week, but if it gets delayed a bit, chances are something went wrong and it would arrive soon.

Keith also revealed to Polygon that Temple Run 2 is based entirely on Unity Engine, which supports multiple platforms and would make it easier to port game between platforms.

Coming back to Temple Run 2, Imangi has kept the basic gameplay same as the original in this game, but visuals, animation and characters have been revamped. It is available for free download and the company is monetising by sing in-app payments — for items such as power-ups and coin doublers.

NVIDIA Announces Project Shield, A Portable Gaming Console.

Want an Android powered gaming device; well you have another option in form of NVIDIA Project Shield. Announced minutes ago at the NVIDIA CES press meet, Project Shield comes with support for both Android games as well as PC games.

“Project SHIELD flawlessly plays both Android and PC titles. As a pure Android device, it gives access to any game on Google Play. And as a wireless receiver and controller, it can stream games from a PC powered by NVIDIA GeForce GTX GPUs, accessing titles on its STEAM game library from anywhere in the home,” company noted in a press release.

This portable comes with NVIDIA’s brand new Tegra 4 processor at the core, micro SD card slot, HDMI out, USB port, and a 5-inch 1280x720p display along with dual control sticks, a D-pad, and multiple action buttons.

Being an Android device running on Jelly Bean, it can do pretty much everything that your normal Android tablet or phone can do, apart from support for cellular networks. But what makes it more interesting is the support for PC games.

Here is how NVIDIA explains this feature

Project SHIELD can instantly download Android games, including Android-optimized titles available on NVIDIA’s TegraZone game store, which has already delivered more than 6 million downloads to gamers. It can also be used as a wireless game receiver to a nearby PC equipped with an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 GPU or higher.

From the looks of the Project Shield seems like a nice device, but will consumers throw their money at NVIDIA for it, remains to be seen.

According to NVIDIA, Project Shield should be available in Q2 in US and Canadian markets, but the pricing still remains elusive.