I was a little uncertain about making another Minecraft article but, I couldn’t help but sharing this wonderful new world with anyone who hasn’t yet experienced the pure joy that makes Minecraft as addicting as it is!
The other day I came across several mentions of a little game called Minecraft, a Java based game you can play online, or purchase and download. Not thinking much of it, I surfed on. A little later on reddit, I came across an article on the games’ sales figures. Hold up the train…
As of 12:05am on Sunday the 3rd of October, the website states that in the past 24 hours, 10,506 copies of the game had been purchased.
At $13.70 per copy, that’s $143,932.20 gross sales.
In one day.
That is all.
Check it out, Android users… Angry Birds is in Beta for Android and a lite version is available for free! In the 5 or 6 levels I’ve had time to play so far, I’ve been thoroughly impressed. Unlike Doodle Jump, which doesn’t play nearly as smoothly on the Droid as it does on the iPod, this game feels like it’s supposed to. In fact, it’s one of the few games for Android I’ve found so far that really feels like a game should… appealing graphics, great performance, and fun! It’s as if I were playing it on an iPhone… which is saying a lot, as in my opinion, Apple still has the corner on the market with games. However, I believe that will gradually change, and games like Angry Birds is on the right track to doing just that. It all really boils down to weather or not developers will feel it’s worth their time porting to Android, but as more Android devices saturate the market, the more that won’t be an issue.
Grab a copy in the Market, and help the developers out by reporting any bugs you do find by using the ‘Bug’ button in the menu.
We won’t have to wait too much longer, as Valve announced Wed morning Portal 2’s release date to be February 9th of next year. Being a huge fan of the original, I’ll definitely be putting this one on my list. Inherently, I’ll be opting for the PC or Mac version, as a game like Portal, in my humble opinion, is best played with a mouse. They’re also releasing for PS3 and Xbox 360.
There’s some awesome new elements they’re rolling out with this one, including Wheatley, a friendly British robot that will accompany you, voiced by Stephen Merchant (writer for both versions of The Office, and also starred in a few episodes of the US version).
They’ve also added features, among others, like Repulsion and Propulsion Gel, an Excursion Funnel, the Pneumatic Diversity Vent, the Aerial Faith Plate, and a Thermal Discouragement Beam. For trailers showcasing these features and more, check out Portal’s official teaser site here.
For the latest news, keep an eye on gameinformer.
Lifehacker released their ‘Lifehacker Pack for iPhone’ this week, so I figured in honor of their list, we’d go ahead and compile a nice group of lists recommending you the best apps around. Whether your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch is brand new, or maybe you just got a brand spanking new iTunes gift card and are itching to spend it on something, we could all use a good list to point us in the right direction from time to time. As you might imagine, there’s alot of crossover between these lists, so pick your favorite and go to town!
- The Lifehacker Pack for iPhone
- Gizmodo’s Essential iPad Apps
- PCMag.com The Top 40 Free iPhone Apps for 2010
- Digital Trends Best iPhone or iPod Touch or iPad Apps
- Gamepro.com 25 Best iPad Games
- TechRadar.com Top 30 Best Free iPhone Apps
- Top 40 Best Free iOS4 Apps
And of course, don’t forget to check out our growing list of reviews for iPhone apps, iPhone games, and iPad games. And as always, if you’d like us to review a game or app for you, just let us know in the comments. You still have a few days left to get yourself entered into our contest to win a $25 iTunes gift card!