Sega has been removing games from app hubs of late since they don’t adhere to their quality norms. More games recently fell victims to these new regulations (After Burner Climax and Jet Set Radio). So if you were looking to download these games from the Google Play Store, your time has run out as you will no longer find them there.
Sega has now removed ChuChu Rocket from the Google Play Store and iOS App Store citing the aforementioned reasons. As it stands right now, the only legacy games you can find in the Play Store from Sega are Sonic 1, 2, CD, and Crazy Taxi. It seems like the iOS platform has lost more games compared to Android.
The only hope for Android users is to get these games using emulators, while iOS users have been left high and dry. It is likely that Sega will soon bring these games back to the app hubs, possibly in remastered versions, so not all hope is lost at the moment.
Source: Pocket Droid UK
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Popular Japanese game developer and a well known name in the arcade gaming industry, Sega has just removed three more games from the Google Play Store.
This comes after the company announced it will be removing old games from the Play Store and other app markets for failing to meet their quality standards. The games that Sega has now removed are After Burner Climax, Jet Set Radio and Super Monkey Ball 2.
This is understandable as most of these games are remakes of classic retro games, so the quality wouldn’t obviously be up to par. The good news is that Sega could be preparing some new content for mobile. However, we’re not aware of any timeframe for the release of these games, so we might have to wait a bit longer.
The games should remain functional for those who already own the apps, so there’s no need for concern for current players at this point. Do you enjoy classic Sega games on your Android smartphone or tablet? What do you make of this news?
Via: Android Central
Sega is holding a sale on multiple titles over at the Google Play Store. Although none of the titles are exactly free today, the discounts are pretty substantial, so they’re pretty hard to miss. There are five games available under this new promo from Sega and Google Play. Sega usually holds deals on its Sonic games, but this promo includes a couple of other titles as well. You can find the complete list below:
Virtua Tennis Challenge – $0.99 (80% off)
Crazy Taxi – $0.99 (80% off)
Sonic Jump – $0.99 (67% off)
After Burner Climax – $0.99 (67% off)
Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing – $0.99 (75% off)
Google holds weekly deals during the holidays, so this could be the first of many app deals to come as we head towards the end of the year. Sega titles are generally quite on the expensive side, so these discounts do help a great deal. Bear in mind, these discounts only apply until the 11th of December, so you don’t have a lot of time.
Source: Google Play Store
Via: Android Authority
Sega has just introduced Sonic Jump Fever on the Google Play Store today, much to the delight of retro gaming fans. This comes two years after the developer launched Sonic Jump on Android, so this is an improved version of the first gen title with better graphics and overall gameplay.
Perhaps the most important change here is that Sonic Jump Fever is a free app with reliance on in-app purchases, unlike the predecessor which asked users to pay upfront with in-app purchases merely adding to the overall gameplay.
With Sonic Jump Fever, users can compare their high scores with friends and make their way atop the leader boards as well. Overall, Sonic Jump Fever is a much needed upgrade and fans of the retro franchise will welcome the new addition.
Hit the link below to download the app and let us know what you think. The app is based on the freemium model, so you might have to spend some money to fully enjoy the app.
Source: Play Store
Via: Talk Android
The wide range of Sonic games from Sega are widely popular among users of the 90s. And Sega’s decision to bring these apps to the Play Store has helped them win plenty of more fans. But one complaint with these games has been the pricing. So to make things a little easier on the customers, Sega has decided to slash the pricing of seven Sonic titles on the Play Store. These seven games are now priced at just $0.99 while the usual pricing extends up to $2.99.
Keeping that in mind, the discounts are very welcome, although it’s still not completely free. We’re not sure how long this promotion will last, so make sure you take full advantage of it before Sega shuts down the deal. You can find the seven games that are selling for $0.99 in the list below:
So which one of the aforementioned games are you picking up? Let us know in the comments box below.
Source: Play Store
Sega has just made the popular Crazy Taxi game completely free on Android with a new version gearing up to launch. The developer is launching Crazy Taxi: City Rush in the coming days, which will replace the original in the Play Store. But since Google doesn’t allow games to be made free and then revert back to its paid status, the developer has removed the original Crazy Taxi and launched a new free version instead. Gameplay will remain unchanged and the only difference is that you won’t have to shell out $5 for the game anymore.
This move is basically an attempt from Sega to grab some eyeballs before the new version of the game arrives, possibly for a hefty price as well. So if you’ve been held back by the original Crazy Taxi game due to its pricing, now is the right time to try it. Hit the source link below to download Crazy Taxi from the Play Store.
Source: Google Play Store
Via: Android Police
Aliens: Colonial Marines developer, Gearbox Software, announced the development of its new title has come to an end; it means that it has already acquired a go signal from the top for manufacturing. This also confirms the company’s announcement in May last year that Colonial Marines will be released in February.
In a blog post, the company said the team behind the development of the title hit every target required of them to produce a top-notch entertainment piece, although it wasn’t pointed out what those targets are.
“When we first announced the release date for Aliens: Colonial Marines back in May 2012, Gearbox Software CEO Randy Pitchford noted that the development had progressed to the point where we could see the end and be very confident in both our vision for the game as well as our launch date…we’re proud to announce that we hit every one of those targets.”
For those who have been waiting for Aliens: Colonial Marines’ release, it sure wasn’t a short wait. Sega first announced that it was able to acquire an electronic right to Aliens franchise from 20th Century Fox in 2006. Gearbox Software also announced just a few days later that they will be working closely with Sega to develop a title based on the franchise.
It wasn’t until 2008 that Game Informer reported Gearbox Software has already started developing Aliens: Colonial Marines but there wasn’t sufficient information about the Alien-based shooter. Many speculated that the project has been stopped due to layoffs at Gearbox, the studio has given more priority to Duke Nukem Forever for 2K Games, and Sega’s struggles with M-rated audience on consoles.
Since those speculations emerged, it took Sega 2 years to reassure fans that Aliens: Colonial Marines would be realized. Gearbox Software took two years to announce the possible release date of the title. And in less than a month from now, reviewers, critics and gamers will start bubbling whether it was worth the wait or not…well, we do hope it is.
Sega has announced today the availability of their hit Kingdom Conquest II strategy game over at Google Play. You will be able to download this title for free right now which requires a device running on at least Android 2.2 as well as a 49 MB storage space.
Kingdom Conquest II combines elements of real time strategy, card battling as well as MMORPG into one epic game. The game has been available in beta version two weeks ago to those residing in Japan, Taiwan, Singapore and Hong Kong. Today, the whole world can join in on the fun. If you’ve enjoyed playing the original Kingdom Conquest Game then you will also enjoy this sequel.
The game starts in a time of war and chaos. You are a lord in the land of Magna with the goal of expanding your territory and defeating as many players as you can. To achieve this you will have to build defenses and fortifications which will then provide you with the resources to wage battle. Just like any strategy game you should place your sawmills near forests, ironworks near iron mines and stoneworks near stone resources.
Your cities health will be dependent on how large it is. The larger your city the more health it will have. Your opponents will try to deplete the health of your city by defeating your army. To be able to fend off attacks you can also form alliances with other players so they can help you out when you need them.
To grow your army you will need to recruit soldiers. This can be done by exploring dungeons and collecting cards. These cards represent a type of monster which may be common or rare. Your task is to organize them into a fighting unit once you have captured them.
While the game is free to play there are some game items that you can purchase using real world cash.
The first game in this series was popular in most Asian countries. The updated 3D graphics of this sequel will definitely also make it a hit.
via Google Play
We all love shopping for apps on the respective app hubs. But big ticket developers don’t make it easy on us by charging a premium for their exclusive apps. Mostly ranging from $1.99 to $6.99 these apps don’t go easy on our wallets. And it seems like Sega understands that as the developing house has just announced the price reduction of 26 mobile titles. Most of these are iOS titles, with only five Android titles included in the promotion, and that is because there aren’t many titles on Android, but it should be a welcome addition nonetheless. Games like Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Ep 1, Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Ep 2 and Sonic CD are now selling for $0.99. Jet Set Radio and Total War Battles are priced at $1.99 on the Google Play Store. Japanese developers Sega are originally known for the popular Sonic the Hedgehog and Virtua Fighter series of games. Sega is a well-known name in the video game development as well as the console arena, in the works since the early 80s.
Sega also slashed the prices of 21 iOS titles, which is great news for iOS users. Even here, not all games are down to $0.99. Jet Set Radio, Crazy Taxi and Total War Battles will cost $1.99 while the rest of the 18 games will only cost $0.99 till the promotion lasts. The sheer number of iOS apps by Sega in comparison to Android apps is alarming. It is immediately clear that Sega has near to 4x more apps on the iTunes AppStore in comparison to the Google Play Store. However most of these games are merely small titles and don’t give too much work for the GPU. This promotion will last till January 3, so we recommend you get as many apps as possible while you can.
App developers are taking to the holiday season to slash the prices of their titles. Not only does this increase the number of sales of the apps, but also makes the app more attractive to almost everybody out there. Plenty of users shy away from apps just because they’re paid and promotions like these go a long way in making them more approachable. Gameloft is known to carry out such promotions as it did last year. This year it has already announced promotions for iOS users although Android users are still waiting for the $0.99 apps to start rolling in. And mind you, these are popular apps like the Iron Man 2, NOVA 3 and the Dark Knight Rises, so it seems like Gameloft gives more bang to the buck compared to Sega.
Via: Phone Arena
Sega has done a great job of porting some of their franchise titles to the Android platform, including Choo Choo Rocket and Sonic The Hedgehog. Now Super Monkey Ball joins the Android family.
Phonearena reports that Super Monkeyball 2 takes place in the mythical country of Japan (lol), filled with Cherry Blossoms, which Michael H says aren’t anywhere but Japan (try Washington DC brah). However, with this pretty, spring like, cherry blossom environment, Super Monkey Ball 2 gets a “Sakura Edition” on the end of it.
The newest version of the Sega DreamCast hit includes 6 worlds, 125 stages a 4 extra mini games.
You can find Super Monkey Ball 2 in the Google Play Store.
Well we waited, and waited and waited some more for Sega to respond to their thousands of pissed off Android fans who were met with delight yesterday as Sonic CD was launched in the Android Market and then rendered useless by an error over at Sega’s servers.
Fear not Sonic fan, our friends at landofdroid responded to our tweets calling out Sega’s mismanagement and underestimated Android launch here, by finding the files we need and giving the directions to the masses who forked over $2 to Sega and then ran past the refund window on Sega’s pure faith.
So stop reading this piece, head over to landofdroid and get your Sonic CD working.
Retro games have been pretty popular this week as Rockstar introduced their hit franchise Grand Theft Auto III (GTAIII) into the Android Market, and Sega added Sonic CD. But for those Android fans hoping to pay $1.99 and have an all night blast from the past Sonic fest the game has been a complete let down.
When you purchase Sonic CD on any Android device it seems to have downloaded just fine however the game then tries to reach Sega’s file servers for a 270mb game file that never comes. We’ve tried it multiple times on multiple devices and Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and their app page in the market is filled with frustrated users.
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Last week Sega announced that their classic puzzle game Chu Chu Rocket is now available in the Android Market for $.99. They are also working on a free version that will be released early next year.
“ChuChu Rocket! has become one of our most popular and well-received titles on the App Store, so it was an easy decision to bring it to the many SEGA fans on the Android Marketplace,” said Haruki Satomi, Senior Vice President of Digital Business at SEGA of America. “We look forward to bringing this classic puzzler to even more mobile platforms, introducing it to an even wider audience, in the coming months!”
In this intense and addicting puzzle game you guide your adorable ChuChus to a waiting rocket ship. All the while you need to avoid bottomless pits and evil cats. Chu Chu Rocket for Android offers over 500 different puzzles and three computer opponents.
Want a great time killer that can be both addicting and fun check it out in the Android Market today.