Games

Avengers Alliance assembles on Android

Android users can now shout "Avengers, Assemble!" as they team up with Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, and other mighty heroes in a free adventure game.

Formerly available just for iOS and Facebook users, Avengers Alliance launched on Thursday via Google Play. The game signs you up as a new SHIELD agent ready to spy and fight on behalf of Nick Fury. But before you can even complete your training, your first mission arises.

From that point on, you have to recruit superheroes from Marvel's massive lineup to help you vanquish the forces of Hydra as well … Read more

Road Wars app turns safe driving into a game

Most motorists know by now that texting and driving can be more dangerous than drinking and driving. And teens, who'd just as soon text as talk, are among the drivers most likely to have a texting-related accident.

The new Road Wars for iOS aims to keep drivers safe by gamifying safe driving. The app monitors your driving behavior, rewards you for safe practices, and penalizes you for speeding, swerving, and, most of all, interacting with your phone.

Created with teens in mind (but suitable for anyone), Road Wars (which appears in the App Store as RoadWars) bills itself as … Read more

Five-deal Friday: Brookstone, BioShock, Blu-ray, and more!

You know how mystery writers often come up with the ending first and then write the rest of the story? Sometimes I pick my bonus deal first, then keep looking until I find the main event.

Today, however, I just kept finding bonus deals. One after the other, to the point where I found myself staring at another glorious five-deal Friday. So without further throat-clearing, I hereby give you these -- no extra charge for the alliteration.

Brookstone bucks

If your holiday shopping includes a trip to gadget emporium Brookstone, here's a deal you can't pass up: LivingSocial … Read more

Oceanhorn: A loving tribute to The Legend of Zelda

Nintendo has stated, firmly and more than once, that it won't be bringing its proprietary titles to mobile formats. If The Legend of Zelda were to come to mobile, though, we don't think it could do a better job than the newly released Oceanhorn.

After being in the works from the Finnish developer behind Death Rally since 2011 (and promised for a 2012 release), it's landed for iPhone and iPad -- and the time in development shows. … Read more

Star Apps: Claude Kelly

From party anthems "Party in the U.S.A." and "Circus" to baby-makers "Pieces of Me" and "Beautiful Surprise" to tearjerkers "Grenade" and "Bittersweet," No. 1-selling, Grammy-nominated producer Claude Kelly can really create or enhance a mood through music. He does this by getting to know his artists and inspiring them in the studio with evocative movies.

The New York native and Berklee College of Music grad's career first skyrocketed after he worked with R&B heavyweight Akon. He has since lent his songwriting talents to … Read more

One app to rule them all: Lego Lord of the Rings for iOS

I can't say enough good things about TT Games' Lego series, which have brought everything from Batman to Harry Potter to "Star Wars" to life in glorious brick form.

And last year's Lego Lord of the Rings was among the best yet, an epic and thoroughly entertaining game version of the entire three-movie series. Of course, you needed a PC or game console to play it.

Not anymore: Lego Lord of the Rings is now available for iOS.… Read more

Five-deal Friday: Speaker dock, Call of Duty, gaming mouse, and more!

I'm about to make/ruin your weekend. Make it, because I've rounded up five seriously sweet deals. Ruin it, because you're going to want to buy them all. Food, clothing, feh -- who needs 'em?!

Answer the Call of Duty

Can't afford the $60 price tag on the hot new Call of Duty: Ghosts? Give it time; in six months or so, you'll be able to get it for half as much, maybe even less.

In the meantime, how about a little older-school CoD action? For the next couple days, StackSocial has Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (PC/Mac) for $4.99. … Read more

Name your price for six action-packed Warner Bros games, help charity

I've seen some pretty good game bundles this year. There was the Telltale Games collection back in May, the six-game Origin bundle in August, and lots of sweet indie stuff along the way.

But this one may just top them all.

For a limited time, and assuming they have enough licenses to satisfy the Internet, the Humble WB Games Bundle gives you six action-packed PC games for whatever price you want to pay.… Read more

Ingress opens to all, will leave beta next month

Ingress has found success making inroads into the world of mobile augmented-reality games, and its latest moves signal that it's ready for a wider audience.

The game overlays an alien energy invasion onto a real-world map, where physical landmarks become points of incursion for the energy. It's also become stable enough since its debut a year ago that the game's designers at Niantic Labs, a quasi-startup within Google, dropped its invitation-only requirement on Monday. John Hanke, who runs Niantic and founded Keyhole, which became Google Earth when Google acquired it, also announced that the game would leave … Read more

Freebie Tuesday: 50 photo prints, Mad Magazine, a DVD ripper, and more!

Yesterday's flash-drive giveaway met with some skepticism, and in hindsight I agree it was a little too much hoop-jumping for too little reward. That said, I still think cashback services are the bomb, and I hope you're able to put TopCashback or an equivalent to good use.

Today, I've rounded up some freebies that don't involve driving anywhere* or waiting on rebates. So keep that credit card in your wallet and read on!

*OK, one of the freebies does involve a trip to your local Target. But you were headed there anyway, right?

1. Mad Magazine … Read more