What is it?Enchanted Realm is a city building game with a magical twist. You must create a thriving kingdom from limited resources, defeating an evil sorceress in the process. You must harvest food, encourage trade, whilst strengthening your castle and kingdom against a wicked Snow queen eager to destroy your realm once more.
You begin with meagre dwellings, and must progress through a series of tasks and objectives in order to develop new buildings, resources, and tools to assist you. Collecting rent provides income, but building structures takes time and energy. As you progress, you will gain items that can be combined to make new tools to help you, and magic to make things a bit easier.
With a story involving Merlin and Morgana, the game is not just about city building, and by completing story-related missions, you can ensure that calm is restored to the kingdom.
Overjoid – What we like
Building your kingdom is addictive. There's always something to build and unlock.
The storyline adds some depth to the game. It's not all build, build, build!
The game has a great tutorial, which eases you into the game and guides you through it.
The graphics are nice, and bring the realm to life.
Collecting items and making new tools is rewarding.
The sheer number of buildings and crops is staggering.
Annoid – What we don’t like
The controls can be a bit fiddly at times, especially on a phone. This leads to inaccuracy and frustration.
The game gets a bit hectic at times, and there's a great deal going on at once.
The game is perhaps to directed at times, and lacks freedom.
Although the addition of the story is good, it's not executed particularly well. It could be more interesting.
Collecting energy, crystals, and harvest takes a long time, which pushes you to use in app purchasing to help. It's a tad demoralising.
The release of a new Nexus phone can only mean one thing... the ninjas are here to unbox it!
As with the unboxing of the Nexus S, the animator (Patrick Boivin) is pushing boundaries in YouTube. The Galaxy Nexus unboxing has a great 8-bit theme. I won't spoil it for you, so just go and check it out.
Remember when we told you about Modern Combat 3? Well today it's out!
The game can be found right here in the Android Market, and will cost £4.99.
I think you'll agree it looks rather lovely, although be warned: the game requires a 1.37GB download after purchase. I guess making it look that pretty comes at a cost!
BE THE HERO OF AN EXPLOSIVE SOLO CAMPAIGN • Fight through a 13-mission campaign from Los Angeles to Pakistan. • Witness multiple memorable moments thanks to AAA scenario-scripting. • Experience different types of gameplay: escort, destroy, helicopter, 4x4 chase, etc.
LIVE THE MOST IMMERSIVE REAL WAR EXPERIENCE • The deepest and most intuitive FPS gameplay on smartphones improved once again, now with a sprint and slide feature. • Gaze upon next-gen GFX that allow for an unprecedented rendering of environments. • Improved SFX and voice acting will immerse you in an apocalyptic scenario.
ENJOY WHAT IS SIMPLY THE BEST MULTIPLAYER ON SMARTPHONES • Enter battles for up to 12 players in 6 exclusive maps and 7 different modes. • Use your customized weapons to move up an addictive leaderboard with more than just ranks.
Bit of a bolt out of the blue, this one. EA have today released Dead Space for Android! It's been out on iOS for a while, but now us Android users can get it.
Having played the iOS version, it's a great game with a high production value. Hopefully the Android version offers the same quality.
A CHARGED SENSORY EXPERIENCE Survive one of the most gripping, bone-chilling experiences on mobile. Cutting-edge visuals – rich in effects and atmospheric lighting – reproduce the cinematic horror of the console game. Featuring a fully voice-acted stereo soundtrack, plus a movie-quality score and sound effects, find yourself fully immersed in the dread of Dead Space.
SHOCKINGLY EASY TO CONTROL Intuitive controls focus you on the action. The on-screen HUD is seamlessly integrated into the game. Navigate 6 varied environments and battle Necromorphs with simple swipe and tap controls.
FEATURING 2 EXCLUSIVE WEAPONS & CLASSIC MODULES Access the new Plasma Saw and Core Extractor, plus 3 more weapons from the Dead Space universe. Also utilize Kinesis and Stasis Modules well-known to players of the console game – and get on with the business of strategic dismemberment.
Those in the US can find the game here ($7), and those in the rest of the world, can find the game here (£3.99).
Dark Incursion is a side-scrolling hack and slash game with a distinctly retro feel. Featuring Anya, a female lead character with abnormally large breasts, the game combines a steam punk theme with stereoscopic 3D.
Dark Incursion is a side scrolling "Metroidvania" style game with a vivid steam punk art style using eye-popping pixel art combined with the stereoscopic 3D that will literally make the action jump off the screen. It takes place in an alternate reality in the late 1800's, amidst an industrial revolution and a world war. Play as Anya, one of the few who knows about a secret bunker where scientists have been attempting to bioengineer their own soldiers, hoping to turn the tide in war!
In Dark Incursion, players have a multitude of bio-engineered weapons at their disposal with which to eradicate the abominations from the city. Weapon and ability upgrades will get more powerful the deeper players get and the more advanced the monsters become.
It sounds really interesting, and we're looking forward to trying it out. Have a look at the game in action in the video below.
The game can be found in the Market here, and is £1.87.
Back in August, we told you that Sonic CD was heading to Android. It's been a few months, but now it's arrived!
It’s time to usher the past into the future in this enhanced recreation of Sonic CD! Sonic travels to the distant shores of Never Lake for the once-a-year appearance of Little Planet - a mysterious world where past, present, and future collide through the power of the Time Stones that lie hidden within it.
Sonic arrives only to find the once beautiful world imprisoned beneath a twisted metallic shell. His arch-nemesis, Dr. Eggman, has come for the Time Stones and with them, will soon have the power to control time itself!
In order to put an end to Dr. Eggman’s nefarious schemes, Sonic must use the power of Little Planet to travel through time; breaking Dr. Eggman’s hold over the future by destroying his machines in the past and recovering the missing Time Stones!
Featuring 16:9 widescreen, achievements, leaderboards and both the US and Japanese soundtracks, experience the adventure through time that introduced the world to Amy Rose and Eggman’s most evil creation, Metal Sonic.
The game will cost you £1.29, and can be found right here. Just be warned - the game has been very popular, and requires a download of further data once the game has been installed from the Market. The demand has annihilated the servers, so this download make take a while. SEGA are aware of the issue, and are on the case!
Sony Ericsson have sprung a bit of a surpise today, in that "advanced developers" have the opportunity to download some ICS goodness on their Xperia devices.
To show our continuous support to the open developer community, and get your valuable feedback, we are today making an alpha ROM of Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0.1) for Xperia™ arc S, Xperia™ neo V and Xperia™ ray available for download. This is something we have not done before, and we are obviously very excited about it.
The build is really only for devs, however, and misses many of the functions necessary for daily use.
These are some of the features turned off or not yet working in this alpha ROM:
Google Mobile Services (GMS) apps are not included (for example, Gmail, Google Maps, etc.). Modem is turned off and SIM card will therefore not be recognised (this also means you can’t make any phone calls). Bluetooth™ is turned off. Wi-Fi® is turned off. ANT+ is turned off. FM-radio is turned off.
Not great, eh? But if you're a dev, you can download the build, and get more details here.
I'll leave you with the warning from Sony Ericsson themselves:
You should be an advanced developer with extensive knowledge in how to install, and switch between different ROMs. If you are a consumer without these developer skills, then we strongly recommend you not do try this as you may damage your phone.
Today is the day that GTA III is released on the Android Market. As you can see from the video above, the game looks pretty great, but as a result, will only run on a few select devices. The full list can be found in our preview of the game, but it's not that big.
Grand Theft Auto III: 10 Year Anniversary Edition is the complete console experience of the award-winning open world original, enhanced and optimized for touch screen mobile devices with new features including an intuitive, fully scalable and customizable user interface; upgraded textures; greater resolution and draw distance; and new mission replay and autosave features for an all-new experience on mobile devices.
Be warned, as the Market will let you download the game to your device, even though it may not work. I suggest you use the Market's new feature that allows you to filter user reviews by device. By doing so, I can tell that it won't run on my Nexus S (which isn't really surprising).
If you can play it (or want to take the risk), the game can be found right here, and will cost you £3.23 to download.
iOS hit The Dark Meadow will be making its way onto Android early next year. The creepy first person adventure will be released as a "deluxe addition" (not sure if that should be "edition"...), and will deliver enhanced visuals and physics as well as new gameplay features including new game modes, story elements, levels and characters.
It looks amazing, but this probably means that it comes at a price. I'm guessing it'll only run on NVIDIA Tegra 3 powered devices.
The Dark Meadow is a stunning first-person, action/adventure game where players fight to escape a nightmare world filled with fantastical creatures bent on destroying them. You awake in a hospital uncertain of how you arrived there or why. An old man warns of a beautiful witch whose minions roam the halls seeking to kill the living. It is only when the witch is destroyed that you will be released from this unrelenting torment.
As you explore the photo-realistic world, you will need both your crossbow for ranged combat as well as your sword for in close, melee combat. Gesture-based “pull back and fire” as well as slashing combat will be instantly recognizable to touch screen players, and node-based movement through the world makes navigation simple yet compelling.
Role-playing game mechanics enhance the exploration, as a wide variety of items are secreted throughout the world – from hidden scraps of paper that reveal the mystery of your imprisonment, to money which can be used to purchase better equipment and weapons.
What is it?Tank Riders is a top-down 3d tank game. Using one thumb to move your tank, and the other to aim and fire your cannon, you must make your way through action-packed levels, destroying anything that stands in your way.
Making your way through the levels is no easy task, however, and there are several obstacles to overcome. Enemy tanks and mortars will try and destroy you, and hidden switches and triggers ensure that you have to use your brain as well as your brawn.
You receive a number of stars depending on how fast and efficiently and accurately you complete each level, and the stars collected go toward unlocking new levels. The single player campaign is accompanied by a frantic multiplayer mode.
Overjoid – What we like
The concept of the game is simple and fun, making it instantly accessible.
The different ways to play the game add a certain depth – you can try and speed through the levels, be destructive, or try and collect everything.
The game looks great, with fluid animations and colourful levels.
The multiplayer is great fun - fast, frantic, and thoroughly entertaining.
Annoid – What we don’t like
The controls, although simple, are somewhat lacking. Even though there is a choice of two different control schemes, both have faults – tapping to shoot can obscure the screen, and using a second d-pad is fiddly.
Due to the controls, manoeuvring and avoiding enemy missiles can be near-impossible on occasion. An option to increase the size of the d-pads would have made this a bit easier.
Whilst the action is clear enough, some of the menu buttons are a bit on the small side, making them tricky to access.
The multiplayer is good, but you'll struggle to get a game as the servers are a bit quiet...