Top 5 Android Games and Devices of the Week (11-18th March 2013): Samsung Galaxy S4 Debut, The Croods and Google Reader “Unlaunch”
It’s been a very busy week, with the debut of the Samsung Galaxy S4, accompanied by the debut of the game The Croods and some sad news for Google Reader fans. As you know, Google Reader will be axed in July and as far as the rest of the launches go, we also have a video review of a game for you, an interesting boxing game and details about the Samsung Galaxy S4.
Google started its Spring cleaning this week, that will kill some services and apps, including Google Reader, that will probably take with it Feedburner. Google Reader was launched in 2005 and it was a great RSS feed reader and an excellent tool for journalists, although over the past years people complained about its lack of UI innovation. It was also considered pretty cluttered. Starting with July 1st, there will be no Google Reader and Google will also kill Snapseed for the Mac and PC in the meantime. Of course, you can export your data, including subscriptions using Google Takeout.
There’s a new animation movie from Dreamworks called The Croods and now Rovio has come up with a game associated with the movie. The developer of Angry Birds released the title a couple of days ago and it was met with many critiques and issues. The game has cartoonish graphics and it’s sort of like a Farmville that takes place about 10.000 years ago. The game is available for free and it requires some in app purchases. You can trap and tame 10 evolutionarily mixed up creatures, create wacky inventions with Grug to open and explore new areas and adorn your pre-historic world with caveman accessories.
You can download the game from here.
Real Boxing is a brand new Tegra game, made by Vivid Games S.A. This title has been rumored for a long while to be coming to the Play Store and now it has reached Tegra devices. It has very good graphics and physics and may remind you of the Fight Night series. The game uses Unreal Engine 3 technology and feature realistic motion capture and also realistic boxing moves. While boxing and progressing further through the game, you can unlock new equipment, extra opponents and clothing, plus customize the fighter’s appearance, stuff like hairstyle, skin color, tattoos and clothing. There are over 30 fights in Career Mode alone. You can download the game from here.
Samurai versus Zombies Defense 2 is Glu Mobile’s latest title, that combines action with strategy and Japanese cultural elements. The game takes up 115 MB of space and we’ve had the priviledge of playing it and reviewing it on the Sony Xperia Z. The title has you playing as a Ronin, Samurai, Kunoichi and summoning various units, that can be upgraded and used to attack hordes of undead. You can also play multiplayer levels, against other players and their armies. You can also buy stuff with real money, if you want, like Glu Coins used to revive the character once he dies. The graphics are colourful, gameplay is addictive and we loved this game.
You can download it from here.
Samsung Galaxy S4 debuted with great fanfare on Thursday, March 14th and while the launch event was grandious, the phone itself left some people disappointed. All the rumors came true, including the Exynos 5 Octa chip and Full HD 5 inch display, plus the 13 megapixel camera. We also get LTE and a Snapdragon 600 version for USA. The device uses an improved polycarbonate case and it weighs only 130 grams. It keeps the form factor of the Galaxy S III, but is somehow smaller, more compact. There’s a huge 2600 mAh battery on board and between 16 and 64 GB of storage available. The 5 inch display on board is a Super AMOLED one with Full HD resolution.
The really appealing stuff on this model are the software features, such as the S Translator, S Health, Smart Scroll and Smart Pause. The rumored price tag is 700 euro.
It’s been a week filled with launches and the next one will bring us some novelty as well, most likely. We’ve heard rumors about the Asphalt 8 and Modern Combat 5 titles, but nothing serious so far…