The charity-friendly, pay-what-you-want Humble Bundle for Mobile has returned. This time around, available for Android devices is Bag It, R-Type II and Aralon: Sword and Shadow. If you pay above the average (currently $4.76) you get the excellent port of the board game Carcassonne (which is worth the price alone), The Cave (from Monkey Island creator Ron Gilbert), The Room Two, and more games will be announced soon. Also included in the bundle is the MP3 soundtracks. Payment's available through cards, Paypal, Amazon and Google.
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If you've always felt like your pocket's missing an empire, rejoice in the fact that Microsoft has just announced Age of Empires is coming to mobile devices. Available on iOS, Android and Windows, Age of Empires: World Domination will be out in the summer. A teaser trailer shows glimpses of frantic battles that mimic the tried and tested desktop classic, and feaure a cast of favourites such as King Arthur, Cnut the Great, Joan of Arc and Attila the Hun. The game has an official site, which offers pre-registration. The first Age of Empires game was released in 1997 and has spawned numerous sequels and spin-offs. Will it successfully make the leap to mobile or is it best left on the desktop? Let us know on the MP4Nation forum. Via engadget
Previously only available on iOS, the Autographer app has now landed on Android. The Autographer wearable camera is, as it sounds, a clip-on camera that can be used on the go to document your day. The new app allows Android users to review, tag, share and delete the pics, as well as create GIFs from the snaps. The Autographer camera is available now for $399. It comes with 8GB storage space, has a 5MP low light image sensor and a 136 degree field of view. For the geotaggers out there, it also has GPS. Via androidcommunity
Wait, come back! We know you're sick of the Flappy Bird phenomenon and the thousands of clones that spring up in its wake. Yesterday, however, saw the release of something good. Poking out of the rubble is Flappybalt - a Flappy Bird inspired iOS game made by the king of endless runner games Adam Saltsman, whose Canabalt is a stone cold mobile gaming classic (and available to play for free here). Flappybalt is a super smooth, super simple one-screen game that takes us back to the grey industrial world of Canabalt and uses the same harsh but fair rules that strike the right balance between endless fun and crushing but must-play-more anguish. Best of all, it's free.
Readly, the 'Spotify of magazines' has launched in the UK today, and carries 418 titles, including NME, What Hi-Fi, Uncut and a whole host of others. It's not fussy who uses it - it's available on iTunes, Google Play, Windows Store and Amazon Appstore so has all bases covered. There's a two-week free trial on offer too, so you can decide whether it's worth the £9.99 a month subscription fee. Publishers such as Haymarket, IPC and DC Thompson have made their titles available. With the publishing industry in dire straits, is this a new innovation that will save them or will it prolong the decline but lead to the same end? Do you still buy magazines in stores, have digital subscriptions or just look online for your entertainment these days? Let us know on the MP4Nation forum. Via
From iOS Game Centre to Foursquare, Steam and PSN, achievements have wormed their way into our lives in as irresistible challenges. Now Fleksy keyboard for Android is in on the act with its latest update, which brings new colour schemes, cloud syncing and a badge system. The alternative keyboard uses a predictive touch typing system and features the option of an invisible keyboard (which, if you get the hang of, now earns you the 'Invisible Master' badge). The keyboard's available as a trial and the full version is half price for the next 72 hours. Via engadget
Like Media Player Classic on PC, VLC Media Player is a Mac standard for playing those hard to decode codecs and video formats. It's been available on PC for ages but it's now in the beta stage of an optimised Windows 8 tablet OS version. Liliputing took the beta for a spin and found that when it worked, it worked great. As it's in beta stage, the issues it had on a Dell Venue 11 Pro Tablet are understandable, but it was smooth sailing on a Dell XPS 12 (powered by an Intel Core i5 Haswell CPU). Via liliputing
Love it or loathe it, Angry Birds is here to stay for the time being. Angry Birds Epic is the forthcoming latest game in the series and this time takes the furious feathered ones on a full-blown RPG adventure. Angry Birds Epic will be released on iOS first, followed swiftly by Android and Windows Mobile versions. Crafting will feature heavily in the new RPG, which is announced in the wake of another mobile gaming phenomenon making history: Candy Crush Saga studio King Digital is due to float on the stock market after pricing its initial public offering at US$7.6bn. Those in-app purchases sure add up... Via pocket-lint and The Guardian
Last week we reported on the pay-what-you-want Humble Mobile Bundle 4 for Android. Now they've beefed up the bundle with three more games: Olo, Color Sheep and Gunslugs. These games are available to those who pay more than the average (currently US$3.77) and they're DRM-free. The games join the previous titles, Catan, Vector, Riptide GP2, Zombie Gunship, Badland and Breach & Clear. Some games also include the soundtracks in MP3 format. Check out Humble Bundle for details. What are your Android essentials? Let us know on the MP4Nation forum.
Marvel comics is updating its Marvel Unlimited comic reader app with 'adaptive audio technology', starting with five issues of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. The cover-to-cover soundtracks will loop on panels until the reader swipes forward, when it will segue to the next frame and its music. A far cry from traditional comic books, the new multimedia versions will no doubt cause concern in some camps who might prefer to take in the text on their own terms and use their imagination, like the good old days. The best enhanced comic book experience I've come across is the subtle but inventive Scott Pilgrim series, which was adapted for iOS. With the update, Marvel will shift from HTML 5 to native iOS coding. An Android version will soon follow. Via techradar