The “Humble Bundle for Android 3” has arrived, and with it comes the usual collection of excellent independent games and their soundtracks. As all of the games included in this bundle are also available on Linux, Mac OS, and Windows, this collection is a definite winner no matter what platform you’re on.
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A decade after its release, Introversion Software’s first commercial success, Uplink, was brought to iOS in June. At the time, an Android version was listed as “Coming Soon”, but no additional information was given. In a recent post on the Introversion Software blog, lead developer Chris Delay explained the game’s journey from Apple’s walled garden to Android’s open plains:
Development of the Android port started shortly after we launched Uplink for iPad in early june (read my blog post about it here). We contacted the humble boys to see if they would be interested in a bundle with Uplink and they pointed us in the direction of Apportable. Apportable have a semi-automated build process that takes the Objective C code for the IOS version of a game and automagically generates an Android build. There’s still a good deal of work that needs to go into making sure that the game will run on the multiple form factors of Android devices, but they put the effort in and we’re pleased with the results.
The Android version of Uplink is only available on tablets, but given the nature of the game this is probably for the better.
Making its debut on Linux and Android, BIT.TRIP BEAT from AKSYS GAMES is a simple retro-styled game sure to be a big hit with any child of the 80′s. The concept behind BIT.TRIP BEAT is laid out clearly on the developer’s site:
We wanted to make a game that used the tools of today to inspire the fun of yesterday. Our goal was to make a game that was as simple in gameplay as the games of the early 80s and equally as fun—even though gamers’ tastes have changed over the years.
Half game, half engineering lesson, SpaceChem by Zachtronics Industries has players constructing machines to transform chemical compounds (and also fighting monsters). SpaceChem combines elements of visual computer programming and chemistry to create a very rewarding puzzle experience.
As with Uplink, this Android version of this game is only available for tablet devices.
Fieldrunners, from developer Subatomic Studios, is an award winning tower defense game which has seen releases on everything from the Nintendo DSi to the Blackberry, with the The Humble Bundle marking its official debut on Linux.
Finally, if you pledge more than the average amount, you’ll be rewarded with the previously iOS exclusive Spirits by Spaces of Play. The visually stunning Spirits features an indirect control mechanic which makes heavy use of impressive wind physics. It’s the kind of game that really needs to be seen to appreciate.
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