Old School Role Playing Games (RPGs)

If you are a fan of some of the old school RPGs out there, and you may have seen the recent article by DroidGamers that states they will be releasing a few Super Nintendo (SNES) era RPGs for Android.

When I read this the first thing that came to mind is SNESoid.  It is a Super Nintendo emulator that plays pretty much any ROM file out there for the SNES.
Since it’s move from the Google Market to the Slideme Appstore it is free, so download it, and some SNES rom files of all the games you used to love and play them now instead of waiting.

Frogger by Konami – Free Amazon Appstore App 10/26/11

Name: Frogger by Konami
For those of you of a certain age–remember video arcades? the Atari 2600?–this is an absolutely must-have app. Newbies will love it too, especially kids. It’s not just any classic video game of yesteryear–it’s FROGGER.

Blast from the Past
If you played video games in the early 1980s, you remember Frogger. Along with Pac-Man and Donkey Kong, this was one of the biggest early successes in the industry. Anybody could play Frogger–all you had to do was guide the green amphibian across the street and over the logs and turtles to his slot on the other side of the river. Simple, but totally addicting.

The Original and Best
Don’t be fooled by imitations–this is the real thing, published by the original manufacturer, Konami. You get the same look and feel, and moving your frog is smooth as silk with the slide controls. If you have trouble with sliding, you have the option of moving by tapping the screen. No more stiff joysticks to worry about!

Why? To Get to the Other Side
A frog’s world is full of danger. Speeding cars and trucks clog the four-lane freeway you must cross just to get to the riverbank–be careful you don’t end up with tire tracks on your back. You have to be equally quick and adept on the river, because the logs move fast and if you go off the edge of the screen, it’s curtains. Try to carry the cute female frogs to safety and eat the flies for bonus points, but watch out for crocodiles or you’ll become lunch yourself!

Phantom Phroggie
An interesting twist in this version is Phantom Mode, which guides you during the game by showing the route you took in your best game. In regular mode, you can post your high scores online and see who the top guns are with OpenFeint. Happy hopping!

Gem Spinner – Free Amazon App of the Day 8/24/11

Name: Gem Spinner Description: Spin Those Gems, Round and Round In Gem Spinner, you swap, spin, and slide the gems until you match three in a row. Finagle these beautiful gems to earn points against the clock with each three-way match. Fun to play and aesthetically pleasant, Gem Spinner is a challenging game with an animated, colorful, and well-crafted interface. Please note that Gem Spinner is not optimized for tablets. Drop and Drag Matching Gem Spinner isn’t your ordinary match-three game. In this unique variation, the gems are arranged inside shapes of different sizes. As you clear away gems, the shapes drop into the cleared area, much like Tetris blocks. gem spinner Swap adjacent gems to match three in a row. Double tap a gem to spin its shape 180 degrees. Match all the gems in a piece to clear the piece from the board. Drag shapes to empty board spaces to create more match opportunities. Match enough gems to complete the level goal and then continue to swap, spin, and drag to try to clear the entire board. Practice Makes Perfect Gem Spinner has two game modes. In Practice Mode, hone your gem spinning skills with no time limits. You can practice on six different boards under no pressure. When you’re ready to start spinning for real, try to beat Level One (“The Boxer”) with a time limit. As you ascend through the levels, you get less time to finish the boards, and the goals get tougher. Master the Gems Gem Spinner features a narrated and animated tutorial, so you’ll quickly understand how the game works. Conquer 35 levels that get increasingly difficult. You can also play the boards at various levels of difficulty. Track your score, and compare your skills with others all over the world. Just don’t make yourself too dizzy spinning those gems!

ZDefense – Free Amazon Appstore App of the Day 8/22/11

Name: ZDefense
Pure Tower Defense
ZDefense distills the best elements of tower defense games. This game features sharply drawn, geometric shapes on a hexagon grid, recalling the timeless old-school designs of such arcade classics as Tempest and Breakout. This fast-paced game will challenge even the most experienced tower defense fans.

Tower Defense 101
For those unfamiliar with the addictive tower defense genre, the game mechanics are fairly simple. You’re provided with cash to build towers of varying designs, strengths, and costs. Eventually your enemies (called “creeps” in this game) will come pouring out and make a beeline toward the exit you’re defending.

Every time you blast a creep, you gain a little money to build more towers. You can also spend your money upgrading the towers you have. Every time a creep reaches the exit, you take damage. Tower defense games are essentially a juggling act of resource allocation and fast reflexes.

Stay Calm. Don’t Panic. Keep Firing!
As creeps keep coming and coming, ZDefense evolves into a frantic maelstrom of destruction. You’ll face 50 waves of enemies in less than five minutes. Defend an exit in the middle of the map from creeps coming in from all directions. You simply can’t use the same strategy for every level; you must change up your tactics for each map.

ZDefense’s maps generally have 10 to 30 waves of enemies. The full version features five tutorial, ten normal, and eight hard maps. There are five tower types with seven levels each. To make your life more complicated, a special tile called the Space Gate allows creeps to teleport from one gate to another.

Command the Creeps
ZDefense comes with a map editor so you can create your own nightmare scenarios to terrify your fellow tower defense fans. The editor comes with full instructions and customizable maps, creeps, towers, and waves. Customize the game mechanics, such as wave wait times, base life, money, and more. You can also take screen captures of your game to record your victories and show off to your friends.

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FRG Deluxe – Free Amazon Appstore App of the Day 8/20/11

Name: FRG Deluxe
Description: Fight off hordes of enemies with an armored robot in this arcade shooter for Android. Unlock different weapons and robot types as you fight your way through 18 challenging levels. Mow down lone enemies with the rapid-fire chaingun, then switch to the shotgun to clear out waves of foes.

Use your skills to stay alive as you complete achievements and challenge yourself across three difficulty levels. Climb your way to the top of the leaderboards with online high score listings!

In FRG Deluxe, players take control of a heavily armed robot on the battlefield fighting off hordes of different enemies. Move and dodge attacks using the touchpad or optical joystick, or touch and drag your robot across the screen to activate boost. Use the Menu button switches between your different unlocked weapons–lock on and fire one of six deadly weapon types to destroy your foes. Gain points by completing different achievements and improving your score, then use them to upgrade your robot with different weapons, armor, and power ratings.

Up to eight players can battle it out in a free-for-all deathmatch. Find online matches with other players in the online games list. Grab your favorite robot and start playing online. With three difficulty settings to choose from, anyone can find a suitable challenge for their skill level. Rack up the points, complete achievements, then compare scores with the rest of the world through OpenFeint’s online leaderboards.

Additional Features:
-Play through both normal mode and survival mode.
-Change three different settings for each robot: armor, speed, and power.
-Learn the basics of gameplay through in-game help documentation.

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Overkill – Free Amazon App of the Day 8/17/11

Name: Overkill


Fly your ship through asteroid fields and waves of enemies to collect, upgrade, and destroy in Overkill. A side-scrolling shooter full of pure adrenaline-pumping action, Overkill puts an AI-guided spacecraft with responsive tilt controls at your disposal to help you defeat thousands of foes, earn high scores, and share those scores via online leaderboards.

Fight through enemy forces and challenging bosses, destroying anything that gets in your way to earn points and money. Occasional secondary objectives help keep gameplay varied, while you use the money earned to return to your hangar and upgrade your three weapon categories (cannons, rockets, and heavy weapons) in order to eradicate enemies and debris more efficiently. You also collect power-ups like rapid fire and double damage for increased destructive power.

Gameplay Modes
Start a new game and get into the main campaign, which is narrated by your ship’s AI. Or jump into one of several quick missions and bonus missions reflecting the campaign’s objectives in stand-alone form. You can even play survival mode if you’re up for a high score challenge. In the campaign you can select from four different difficulty levels for a variety of experiences: easy, normal, hard, and extreme.

Score Submission
At the end of each level, submit your score to the Scoreloop leaderboards with a Scoreloop login or a unique player ID. This widely used system lets you find out your rank for the last 24 hours, among players worldwide, or among your friends.

Additional Features
-Autosave when backing out of the game or exiting to your home screen
-Set controls to use the accelerometer or the touchscreen and keypad, trackball, or directional pad
-Tweak control sensitivity, sound effects, and music
-Increase the graphical filtering and detail if your phone has more powerful hardware
-Expect new levels, weapons, and power-ups to be added in future updates

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Emulation on Android

In celebration of the Old Android app being on the SlideME App Store I decided to share with you a great find there.

A group of emulation apps were released a few years ago, and Google played nice for a while, but as the emulated systems got newer and newer, and developers got systems like the N64 and playstation 1 working on Android Google started to block out these developers. They stated that it was a copyright issue and removed the apps (and the developers) from android market.

This caused a certain developer to look elsewhere for a place to distribute his apps. This certain developer is named Yong Zhan and goes by the handle yonghz. He has done an emulator for every major older system and has even worked his way up to some more advanced systems like the N64. Here is a list of all the games, and my thoughts, just in case you don’t feel like doing the research yourself.

1. Nesoid – Nesoid is the famous NES/FC emulator for Android.

* In-game save support
* Net-play through Bluetooth (requires Android 2.x) or Wi-Fi!
– Run nearly all games at full speed
– Customizable on-screen keypad
– Save states
– Cheats
– Light gun
– Fast-forward (turbo)
– Screen upside-down
– Multiple key profiles

Download Here!

2. SNesoid – SNesoid is the famous Super Nintendo emulator for Android.

* Fixed text mess-up in ‘Secret of Mana’ and ‘Romancing SeGa’ (and possibly others!)
* Net-play through Bluetooth (requires Android 2.x) or Wi-Fi!
– Very fast
– Run nearly all games (Mario RPG, StarFox)
– Customizable on-screen keypad
– Save states
– Cheats
– Super scope
– Fast-forward
– Screen upside-down
– Multiple key profiles

Download Here!

3. Gensoid – Gensoid is the famous SEGA Genesis/MegaDrive emulator for Android.

* Fixed crash on certain devices (Sorry!)
* Net-play through Bluetooth (requires Android 2.x) or Wi-Fi!
– Run nearly all games at top speed
– Customizable on-screen keypad
– Save states
– Fast-forward
– Screen upside-down
– Multiple key profiles

Download Here!

4. GameBoid – GameBoid is the very famous GameBoy Advance emulator optimized for Android.

– BEST compatibility compared to any other GBA emulators running on mobile devices.
– Run most games at full speed with sound
– Customizable on-screen translucent keypad
– Save/Load game states at ANY point!
– In-game battery save
– Cheats
– Fast-forward (turbo)
– Switching between multiple key profiles

Download Here!

5. GBCoid – GBCoid is the famous GameBoy (Color) emulator for Android.

* Real-time clock
– Run at full speed with sound
– Customizable on-screen keypad
– Cheats
– Save states
– Fast-forward (turbo)
– Screen upside-down
– Multiple key profiles

Download Here!

6. Gearoid – Gearoid is the famous SEGA Master System/Game Gear emulator for Android.

– Run nearly all games at top speed
– Customizable on-screen keypad
– Save states
– Fast-forward (turbo)
– Screen upside-down
– Multiple key profiles

Download Here!

7. Ataroid – Ataroid is an Atari-2600 emulator for Android. It emulates every aspect of the original Atari-2600 console.

* Fix frame skipping. Should be a bit smoother now.
– Runs at full speed with sound
– Customizable on-screen keypad!
– Load/save states
– Console switches
– Screen upside-down

Download Here!

8. N64oid ($4.99) – N64oid is the very famous N64 emulator optimized for Android. It is a port of Mupen64plus, along with Ari64’s ARM dynarec (and gles2N64 as an option).

* Run most games smoothly at a reasonable speed with sound. This requires you have a high-end device (Nexus-S, Galaxy-S, Xoom, etc).
* Good game compatibility compared to other N64 emulators running on mobile devices.
* Save/load game states at ANY points, as well as in-game save support. Save files are fully compatible with Mupen64plus on PC.
* A configurable, translucent on-screen keypad that is very easy to use.
* Key mappings to map game keys to hardware buttons.
* Generic joystick/gamepad support on Android 3.1 and above.
* Option to use the G-sensor as the analog stick.
* More…

– Android 2.0 or above
– ARMv7 compatible CPU
– OpenGL-ES 2.0

Download Here!

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Everlands – Free Amazon Android App for 8/15/11

Name: Everlands

Story-Based, Hexagon-Shaped, Strategy Puzzle
Dark and sinister forces have invaded the colorful world of Everlands. Everlands animals must unite to combine the best of their abilities, together standing against the great threat that casts a shadow over their beloved homeland.

Each animal has unique strengths, weaknesses, and features. Defeat the foes of Everlands through strategy and tactics by combining dozens of animal abilities, leading them through more than 20 carefully prepared levels. Reveal the truth behind the source of mysterious evil in a unique turn-based game.

Game Objective
The goal of the game is to win battles by capturing as many enemy hexagons as possible with the strengths and abilities of your animal hexagons. If you manage to gain more than half of the combatants in that round, you win the battle.

Animal Hex health and attack power levels
Strategic Gameplay
Click on each animal hexagon to see useful information about that animal’s abilities. Based on that description, you place that hexagon on the board to prepare for battle against the enemy. Keep in mind the number and direction of the attack sides of each hex. The sides of your animal’s hex that have no attack direction are undefended. Those are the sides the enemy will try to attack. Ideal placement allows your animal to point its attack in the enemy’s direction, while leaving its undefended sides away from the battle’s front.

Social Networking Features
Invite, challenge and compete with your Facebook friends
Share your achievements on your Facebook wall
Facebook single sign-on support

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Flick Kick Football – Free App of the Day from Amazon

Name: Flick Kick Football

Hear the roar of the crowd as you curve a beautiful strike past the wall of defenders….Gooooooal! Flick Kick Football delivers the thrill of taking free kicks on the goal: make your shot from different angles and distances, and watch out for shifting defenders and the goalie. Choose from Arcade, Time Attack, Practice, or Bullseye Mode, then use the intuitive flick controls to begin playing right away. Easy to pick up but hard to master, this classic time-killer is sure to appeal to casual gamers and die-hard soccer fans alike.

Curve your shots past the wall of defenders.
In Flick Kick Football, players assume the role of a striker taking shots on the goal. Pick one of four different game modes: Practice, Bullseye, Arcade, or Time Attack, and try out Flick Kick Football’s intuitive control system to begin making kicks like a pro.

To make a kick, simply line your finger up with the ball and flick the touchscreen in the direction of the goal. Not every kick is straightforward though: experiment with curving left or right in your followthrough, or give a longer swipe to kick the ball further. Find the technique that works for you, then adjust each kick to account for gaps in the opposition’s defense.

Challenging Conditions
Learn to curve your shots past defenders and the goalie: to add to the difficulty, some players will shift their positions constantly to throw off your aim. Try to target the corners of the net–referred to as the “skill zones” in the game–to increase your chance of scoring and earn additional bonuses.

Online Scores and Achievements
Flick Kick Football features online leaderboards and achievements with OpenFeint support. Rack up the points and then post your newest scores to Flick Kick’s global leaderboards. Think you’re good? Show off your skills online as you compete against others for the top spot!

Multiple Game Modes:
Test your aim with a series of bullseye targets lined up inside the goal. You will need to concentrate to make every shot count as you try to rack up the points before time runs out. Aim for the center of each target to score additional points and get awarded bonus time.

Arcade Mode
Fight to stay calm under pressure in this sudden death-styled goal shootout: one missed goal and it’s game over! Your only chance for survival is to try to aim for the “skill zone” edges of the goal: gain up to four extra lives this way.

Time Attack
It’s a race against the clock in this quickfire flick kicking challenge. How many goals can you score in only two minutes? As each successful goal adds on bonus time, you’ll have to keep cool and maintain steady aim to rack up a new highscore.

Go head to head against friends through Flick Kick Football’s pass-and-play multiplayer mode. Take turns passing the Android device between players after each shot: the first player to miss the goal three times loses.

A true test for the Flick Kick Football pros: how many times can you shoot the ball into the Skill Zones in a minute?

Key Features
*Simple and intuitive flick controls make it easy to pick up and begin play
*Challenging gameplay with moving defenders and target distances
*Loading screens with famous soccer quotes and trivia
*3D graphics and a zooming, slow-motion “goal camera” add to the excitement
*Play against your friends using Flick Kick Football’s pass-and-play multiplayer mode
*Upload scores through OpenFeint online scoring and achievements

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Majesty: Fantasy Kingdom Sim – GetJar.com Free App (Save $3.26)

It looks like GetJar.com is getting in the game of giving away some apps on their appstore. look for a few featured from their site along with the normal ones from Amazon.com. GetJar doesn’t have a dedicated Android app, but you can easily navigate their site right through the browser, plus download and install the app from the browser too.

Name: Majesty: Fantasy Kingdom Sim

“Majesty: The Fantasy Kingdom Sim” is a vast magical world where you are honoured with the crown of a tiny fairytale kingdom. When you become the head of the country all the responsibility for the land’s prosperity rests on your royal shoulders. You will have to fight various enemies and monsters, explore new territories, manage economic and scientific developments and solve a heap of unusual and unexpected tasks. For example, what will you do when all the gold in the kingdom transforms into cookies? Or how will you bring back the trolls who robbed caravans and whose disappearance ruins the economy of the country?

The core feature of “Majesty: The Fantasy Kingdom Sim” is that you cannot control your citizens directly. There are a lot of heroes in your lands: valiant warriors and warlike barbarians, powerful wizards and grim necromancers, industrious dwarves and skilful elves plus many more. But all of them live their own lives and decide for themselves what to do at any moment. You are able to issue orders but heroes will follow your commands only for a sizeable reward. “Majesty: The Fantasy Kingdom Sim” contains elements of role play: while fulfilling your orders, the heroes improve their skills and talents, as well as earn cash to be spent on new equipment, weapons, and magical elixirs.

“Majesty: The Fantasy Kingdom Sim” – begin a grand adventure in a small phone!

Download Link: http://goo.gl/z8Vrw (GetJar.com)

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