Feeds

Ten Essential... Android Games

Get gaming on your Google phone

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

RH Numbers

Toon Warz

A 3.5in touchscreen is hardly the ideal medium to view and control a first-person shooter, but Toon Warz makes a better fist than most at overcoming the hardware limitations.

To start with, you get a fully fledged game with well designed and expansive maps, a nice selection of weaponry and well thought out gameplay with logical objectives. The graphics are sort of Return to Castle Wolfenstein meets Marathon 2.

Call of Duty: MW2 it ain't but come on, it's playing - and playing smoothly - on a mobile phone. The "toon" part of things comes into play with the bad guys who look like Hanna-Barbera's idea of Nazis so kudos to developer Polarbit for not chasing the gratuitous violence and gore buck.

The customisable control interface that combines the accelerometer, trackball and on-screen pressure pads is well thought out, and the adjustable sensitivity means exploring never gets to be a chore. If you can't hold your phone steady, the accelerometer can be disabled.

The game isn't perfect - the 'jump' feature is hit and miss, and save points are too few and far between - but it's the best phone FPS I have come across and one you can spend many a satisfying hour playing.

Android Games

Android GamesReg Rating 75%
Price €3 (£2.50)
More Info Polarbit

RH Numbers

Zombie, Run!

Zombies, Run! makes the list because it's that most rare of computer games: one that actually gets you out of the house and into the sunlight... arggghhhh, it burns, it burns.

Actually, I'm not entirely sure Zombie, Run! qualifies as a game at all. What you do is this: you switch your GPS system on, let the app find your location, tap on Google Maps to pick a destination and then the game populates the area around with zombies. Green for ones that don't have your scent yet and red for ones that are coming after your brain with gusto and ketchup.

Zombie speed can be set to either Night of the Living Dead, Resident Evil or 28 Days Later, and their number to Controlled Outbreak, Early and Late Local Infestation, or Total Pandemic.

Once set your aim is simple, get to your destination without getting torn to pieces and ending up as a snack for the living dead. OK, its pointless, but since when as that had anything to do with it? A multi-player mode lets you dodge the dead with your mates.

Android Games

Android GamesReg Rating 75%
Price Free
More Info Peter Dolan

New hybrid storage solutions

More from The Register

next story
Apple iPhone 6: Missing sapphire glass screen FAIL explained
They just cannae do it in time, says analyst
Half a BILLION in the making: Bungie's Destiny reviewed
It feels very familiar - but it's still good
Oh noes, fanbois! iPhone 6 Plus shipments 'DELAYED' in the UK
Is EMBIGGENED Apple mobile REALLY that popular?
Apple's big bang: iPhone 6, ANOTHER iPhone 6 Plus and WATCH OUT
Let's >sigh< see what Cupertino has been up to for the past year
Huawei ditches new Windows Phone mobe plans, blames poor sales
Giganto mobe firm slams door shut on Microsoft. OH DEAR
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
Apple's SNEAKY plan: COPY ANDROID. Hello iPhone 6, Watch
Sizes, prices and all – but not for the wrist-o-puter
Get your Indian Landfill Android One handsets - they're only SIXTY QUID
Cheap and deafening mobes for the subcontinental masses
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.