These ODROIDs are alive with the sound of Android gaming! From C (e.g., ODROID-C2) to X (e.g., ODROID-XU4), gaming on your favorite console has never been more fun. So open your Google Play Store app and let’s get downloading.
Run Garfield, Run!
Recently updated and free to play, Garfield Rush is still trying to catch that rascally cat (Figure 1). Just like before, there are tons of things to collect, 18 new costumes to be unlocked, and--love ‘em or hate ‘em--more and more “free” reward videos to watch. The version 5.0 update is still free to own, so lace up your paws and move out.
Fortnite Free Forever
Mega-hit Fortnite has just received a new patch that purportedly brings 60 fps gameplay to select Android devices. Will ODROID devices be one of the few, one of the proud, one for the game? Along with the enhanced frame rate, Fortnite also returns to gifting with a free Season 8 Battle Pass. Not trying to “crack-your-toe-a”--a very poor pun reference to a legendary 1889 volcanic eruption in Indonesia--Season 8 includes a volcano, as shown in Figure 2, with a couple of lava vents. These vents lead to new adventures in “Lazy Lagoon” and “Sunny Steps.” Just watch out for the Pirate Cannon.
A little birdie told me that Human: Fall Flat could be coming to Android within the next one to two months. You’ll recall that this app from No Brake Games revolves around a physics-induced dream environment (Figure 3) with a game piece named Bob. Bob’s daily duties include puzzles, surprises, and naturally, dangers. In meeting these challenges, Bob must pull, push, carry, climb, and break his way to success. Already a hit release on consoles and PCs ($14.99 USD), Human: Fall Flat has over 5 million reasons to enter the Android market. But this birdie could be wrong: this is, of course, the same birdbrain that told me ODROID-N1 would be released soon!
It’s a Wild, Wild, Wild, Wild, Wild, and Wacky World
From Crescent Moon Games, the devs who brought us Morphite and Ravensword Shadowlands, comes an unreal platform game. Linn: Path of Orchards (Free; $2.99 USD in-app purchases) outwardly looks like any other platform puzzler. The only trouble is that the game world itself is playing against you, trying to pitch you off the world! As weird as that sounds, Linn moves and grooves in an attempt to make you fall off the world before you can complete each level (Figure 4). Your namesake in this animated M.C. Escher-like world is Aban, a self-described “exotic” guardian of nature. All you have to do is help her rejuvenate the ancient tree of light. Good luck doing that.
Does Freedom Fighter = Terrorist?
Holy cow, Ndemic Creations are back with a vengeance. The developers who made contagions fun with Plague, Inc. have launched a strategic game called Rebel, Inc. (Figure 5). Actually, mid-February saw the release of Rebel, Inc. (FREE; $2.99 USD in-app purchases) for Android and since then gamers have been downloading it in droves. Once you get your head wrapped around the concept, Rebel, Inc. could become as addictive as Plague, Inc. That’s an estimated +100 million downloads for that app. Ka-ching. In Rebel, Inc. there are five world regions, depicted in gorgeous graphic detail (Figure 6), that are experiencing unrest. Sounds pretty realistic, eh? Your role is to prop up governments, suppress insurgency, and become the people’s patriot. Just an average day at the office, right?
Go Android, Go–ODROID Magazine’s March Top Ten
10. Plunder Kings - FREE--Cracking the top ten already!
9. Asphalt 9: Legends - FREE
8. Minecraft - $6.99 USD
7. The War of Mine - $14.99 USD/developer expansion pack $1.99 USD
6. Crashlands – $4.99 USD
5. Fire Emblem Heroes – FREE
4. The Escapists 1 and 2 - $6.49 USD & $6.99 USD; Who’d have thunk it, right?
3. Shadowgun Legends – FREE
2. Riptide GTP Series - $2.99 USD--This could be the best Android racer!
1. PUBG Mobile – FREE; +10M downloads can’t be wrong, right?
Finally, Auto Android
Apple CarPlay dominated the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2019, but Google is now making a strong catch-up play. At a special media event held in Mountain View, California on April 1st, Alphabet, the parent company of all things Google, dropped a bombshell announcement on a totally surprised select audience of news journalists and automotive industry executives.
Starting in the first week of April, all forthcoming Dodge/Chrysler/JEEP vehicles will shun Apple CarPlay in favor of a secretly developed Android OS product. According to Executive Vice President of Marketing, Ms. April Foole, "The presence of Android in an all-American automobile will be showcased with an incredible limited edition stainless steel vehicle."
"Today Alphabet, Dodge/Chrysler/JEEP, and Google are extremely proud to present the 2020 Dodge RAM SS Pickup Truck powered by HemiRoid!"
"This is electrifying," screamed Elon Musk.
Happy April Fool's Day, folks!