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3D sandbox action-RPG ‘Portal Knights’ has been ported to Android

Portal Knights is an adorable looking 3D sandbox action-RPG developed by Keen Games and published by 505 Games. It was initially released on PC and consoles back in May of this year and has only recently been ported to Android and published on the Play Store. Its design is obviously very reminiscent of Minecraft, but it differentiates itself by including a few RPG character classes, a wide range of random instanced events, and plenty of epic boss battles.

The first thing I would like to point out that Portal Knights is indeed a console experience on mobile. Better yet, this Android release is priced at $4.99. When compared to its console and PC counterparts that cost $19.99, it is apparent that the Android price is most definitely a steal for the amount of content you receive in return. And despite the fact that the Play Store listing shows that there are in-app purchases included in the game, there are in fact none to be found.

You will start out by choosing your character’s class, which range from warrior, ranger, to mage. After you customize your character and name your universe, you will be plunked down into a randomly generated world. From here you will make your way through the game’s tutorial, which shows you the basic controls and general real-time fighting mechanics.

As for the gameplay, well, it offers just about what you would expect of a 3D sandbox action-RPG. You get to traverse plenty of unique environments, meet tons of NPC characters, discover a whole range of creatures and resources for crafting. Plus there are plenty of caves, lakes, and dungeons to make your way through that are filled with quite a few surprises. All of the combat is action-based, and there are plenty of ways to go about building a ton of different structures. You will also be tasked with collecting dozens of materials to craft those structures as well as all of your supplies.

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The controls work well enough on a touchscreen, though the camera often needs correcting. I found the default camera sensitivity to be a little too high, though it can be adjusted in the game’s settings. But even with a lowered sensitivity the camera still feels as though it is lagging behind where you are moving it. This can be disorienting and does not help when you are in the middle of a battle. I also noticed that there is no HID controller support, which seems odd for a game ported from consoles and PC. I would say the controls are where I struggled the most.

Loading times are also a real pain. It takes forever for Portal Knights to boot up, with it only displaying a black screen that makes you think your phone has turned off. Then you have to deal with even more loading when opening up your universe. I’d say in total it takes a good 3-4 minutes to get into the game.

It is also worth noting that Google Play Games Services are supported with an auto-sign in and an achievement system. Glaringly absent is a cloud save feature. Honestly, at this point, I find it pretty confounding that cloud saving is not a staple for such prominent releases.

Oh, and as of version 1.2.7, the game takes up 519 MB of storage. So it may not be the largest release on Android, but it will take a little while to download the game in full, so be prepared.

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All in all, I would say Portal Knights is a quality port that could still use a little polishing. The gameplay can be pretty fun even though you will have to fight with the camera alittle too often. Also, the lack of cloud saving is a major sore spot for me. Luckily the price point is just right, so these quibbles can be easily ignored when you consider just how much content and replayability you receive for $4.99. While I can’t say this is the next Minecraft, the slight changes to the standard sandbox formula and the addition of instanced events and boss battles gives the player a lot more to explore and a sense of progression that is difficult to deny.

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Xiaomi Mi A1 Android One ROM gets ported to Redmi Note 4 and Note 4X

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Xiaomi is known for making high-performance handsets at rock-bottom prices, so when it revealed its Mi A1 earlier this year, running the crowd-pleasing stock Android software rather than its own MIUI, we were giddy.

The Mi A1 is the first Android One smartphone from the Chinese manufacturer and its software might have other Xiaomi device owners jealous. For those who are, I might have some good news: XDA Developers says that you can now get the Mi A1’s ROM on a couple of other Xiaomi devices.

A developer with the handle GLokin666 has ported the firmware over to the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 and Redmi Note 4X, two of Xiaomi’s popular handsets from earlier in 2017.

What’s keeping Xiaomi from the US?

While the port successfully brings the basic stock Android experience across, there are some internal hardware differences between the Mi A1 and the Redmi devices that render a few functions unusable. For example, the Note 4 and 4X’s fingerprint scanners are currently unusable, as is the infrared function. Meanwhile, the Note 4’s camera software will also lose some of its features if you install the stock Android ROM.

The loss of these functions might be too much for some people to sacrifice for the sake of stock Android, and the guys at XDA Developers say that they would probably consider this an “alpha/beta quality ROM” rather than a complete experience. Still, if you are interested, you can get the firmware and install instructions from the forum thread here, or head to MIUI.com to achieve the same on the Mi 5X.

PC and console games that should be ported to Android – Android …

As an avid gamer who has become somewhat jaded with the state of the industry lately, the Nintendo Switch has been an absolute breath of fresh air. I love being able to boot up a console-quality game in seconds while on the go.

When I say console-quality I’m not exaggerating either. Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 is the exact same game it was on PS4 and Xbox One with only a slight frame rate dip and no anti-aliasing. Even the new Doom is going to be available!

This is what mobile gaming on Android could be like. After all, the Switch uses mobile technology. Maybe we won’t see Doom, but there’s no reason that a flagship Android phone can’t handle some pretty impressive 3D titles.

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So why don’t we see more of them? Battery life could be an issue, but a power pack would solve that problem (think: Pokemon Go) and you could always just play plugged-in if you don’t mind the couch. Likewise, controls could be an issue, but that wouldn’t affect every game, and controllers are a cheap and effective fix anyway.

Most modern phones could certainly manage a lot of the best indie titles and probably several last-gen titles too. Games like X-Com, Minecraft and Knights of The Old Republic show how well this can work. If not, developers could give them the Final Fantasy XV treatment and remake them from the ground-up for mobile.

We might start to see more adventurous titles make their way over from PC and console

The Razer phone is potentially just around the corner and the Switch’s success has demonstrated there’s still a demand for more involved mobile gaming. We might start to see more demanding titles make their way over from PC and console. Let’s take a look at some of the games that would be perfect for the platform… and a few that we can only dream about!

The top 7 PC and console games that should be ported to Android

Thumper

Thumper has successfully made the transition to Switch which means it can work on mobile hardware. It’s a rhythm game crossed with an infinite runner, with a dash of Wipeout thrown in for good measure. The controls are limited to left, right and a few other inputs, but it’s the timing that really makes or breaks your success. It wouldn’t be quite as immersive on a small screen but the game’s ‘rhythm violence’ is engaging enough that it would still be a ton of fun on the commute.

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There’s genuinely nothing quite like Thumper. For that reason alone, it deserves a massive audience!

Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty

This is a niche choice but it makes a lot of sense. Clearly Oddworld Inhabitants is down for bringing games to Android (see Munch’s Odyssey and Stranger’s Wrath) but it has omitted the two biggest titles which also just so happen to be the best suited to mobile gaming. What was the thinking here?

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Abe’s Odyssey and Abe’s Exodus are slow-paced, stealth-based platformers in the same vein as something like Flashback. It’s the character and environmental designs that make these games such standouts. With the New ‘n’ Tasty re-release, they’d look gorgeous on that AMOLED display sitting in your pocket.

Endless Space

Endless Space is a well-received and highly complex strategy game set in space. The game and its sequel would provide something really deep to sink your teeth into on mobile, while the turn-based gameplay would be a good fit for on-screen controls. The graphics are stunning but that’s as much down to the art direction and some nice effects as it is to polygon pushing. Suffice it to say, this would be a great addition that isn’t outside the realms of possibility.

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Sonic Mania

Sonic Mania has been a big hit across consoles and PC this year and there’s zero reason it couldn’t also be brought to Android. After all, the game runs on the same engine that powers the mobile-only ports of Sonic 1, 2, and CD. Those same ports prove that the controls would work just fine too. The graphics are a little more impressive but I’m sure a port would make it across with most things intact.

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In fact, this is such a no-brainer to my mind that the only logical explanation for it not being on Android is that it might have cannibalized sales on other platforms and forced the price down.

Shovel Knight

IMHO, more platform games belong on Android in general. Touch input here works just fine (see Sonic, VVVVVV, Limbo) and these games aren’t so graphically demanding. That means they wouldn’t drain the battery too fast either.

If you’re going to bring another platformer to Android, it might as well be Shovel Knight. This is one of the best retro-inspired titles out there thanks to its precise controls and colorful world. There’s plenty of DLC to keep us playing for hours too.

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There are countless more indie titles like this that would work wonderfully on Android too, such as Axiom Verge, Owlboy, Fez and Inside to name just a few. With Android being so indie-developer-friendly, it just doesn’t make sense to me that there aren’t more here!

Rocket League

People love Rocket League. It is brilliant in concept (cars + soccer) and even better in execution. It’s easy to pick up but incredibly fun to master the physics-based gameplay, resulting in some ridiculous matches and crazy moves.

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It could be tricky to bring the controls over in a sensible way though. But racing games can work on Android and again, controllers are always an option. The engine is scalable – I’ve seen it run fine on some pretty low-powered laptops – and the multiplayer bouts seem like a good fit for spurts of handheld gameplay.

Stardew Valley

Stardew Valley is a farming sim mixed with an RPG. It has a top-down, pixelated graphics style that is reminiscent of Pokemon and it would be perfect for mobile gaming. If there’s one thing that mobile gamers love, it’s farming. With Minecraft being such a hit on mobile, it seems there’s a demand for sandbox games too.

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Stardew Valley is charming, addictive, rewarding and ideal for picking up on the go. It would make a great addition to the Play Store and is yet another example of an indie game that is just screaming out for an Android port.

Dream games we’d love to see (but probably never will)

The Witcher 3

Given that this is one of the most graphically-impressive games on the PC right now, it seems unlikely that it would make the jump to Android any time soon unless it was remade from the ground up. CD Projekt Red is a relatively small studio and is currently busy with Cyberpunk 2077, though. In short, it’s not happening.

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But imagine how awesome this would be. Even without the high-end graphics, The Witcher 3 is one of the most in-depth and engaging RPGs out there. I love this game but I just don’t have enough time to sit down and really get into it. Being able to complete quick side quests on the bus or relax for an hour in bed with it? We can only dream – or stream from our PC, as I explained how to do here.

Fallout 4

Open world games generally lend themselves well to portable play thanks to their sandbox nature. Breath of the Wild proved this perfectly.

fc23c_rocket-league-on-android-840x473 PC and console games that should be ported to Android - Android ...

When it comes to console open-world titles, few are as well regarded as Fallout 4. You can get lost in this world for hours and being able to take it on the go with you would allow you to put off work indefinitely. Perhaps it’s no bad thing that it’s unlikely to come to mobile after all.

Guess we’ll just have to make do with Fallout Shelter.

Portal 1 2

This seem like a random one, but I’ve always felt this series would be a good fit for mobile. Sure, FPS controls are tricky on a touch screen but this isn’t a twitch-based game (apart from a little bit of precise platforming) and a bluetooth controller would solve the problem anyway.

Meanwhile, the short puzzles in Portal would be perfect for quick bursts of gameplay. While we’re at it, we can also pine after a bunch of other older FPS games, like Half-Life 2, Halo and the original Deus Ex.

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Here’s the thing: Portal is already available for Android – as long as you have a Tegra Shield. Better yet, if you happen to have root and GLTools, you can play it on pretty much any device just fine. In other words, it’s not the hardware that’s the problem here. So really there’s nothing stopping Valve, except perhaps an exclusivity deal?

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds

To say PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has been a success would be a massive understatement. The game is still only in Early Access and yet it’s already the most played game on Steam. That’s thanks to a unique blend of survival and shooter, that makes for tense, suspenseful gameplay. Every battle seems like a unique adventure and the balance is seemingly perfect.

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This would be a hard one to bring to mobile for sure, but that’s why it’s called a wish-list!

Overwatch

Like Rocket League and Battlegrounds, Overwatch is an immensely popular multiplayer title that has a highly active community and super-addictive gameplay. It’s pretty graphically demanding, but the engine is surprisingly scalable. Reportedly, it’s possible that this could one day make it to the Switch. But I wouldn’t hold your breath for an Android version.

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No Man’s Sky

While there was some backlash upon its release, that was down to the game’s failure to deliver on its lofty promises and not the core gameplay itself. What’s there is still pretty interesting and a relaxing way to pass the time. Frequent updates have improved the offering significantly and once again, this would be ideal for dipping in and out of on the go.

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The graphics alone mean this is unlikely to ever happen, but something like No Man’s Sky would be great. Someone? Anyone? Please?

Conclusion

So those are our picks. What games would you like to see make their way to Android? What do you think are some of the best ports already on the platform?

PC and console games that should be ported to Android

As an avid gamer who has become somewhat jaded with the state of the industry lately, the Nintendo Switch has been an absolute breath of fresh air. I love being able to boot up a console-quality game in seconds while on the go.

When I say console-quality I’m not exaggerating either. Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 is the exact same game it was on PS4 and Xbox One with only a slight frame rate dip and no anti-aliasing. Even the new Doom is going to be available!

This is what mobile gaming on Android could be like. After all, the Switch uses mobile technology. Maybe we won’t see Doom, but there’s no reason that a flagship Android phone can’t handle some pretty impressive 3D titles.

22064_rocket-league-on-android-840x473 PC and console games that should be ported to Android

So why don’t we see more of them? Battery life could be an issue, but a power pack would solve that problem (think: Pokemon Go) and you could always just play plugged-in if you don’t mind the couch. Likewise, controls could be an issue, but that wouldn’t affect every game, and controllers are a cheap and effective fix anyway.

Most modern phones could certainly manage a lot of the best indie titles and probably several last-gen titles too. Games like X-Com, Minecraft and Knights of The Old Republic show how well this can work. If not, developers could give them the Final Fantasy XV treatment and remake them from the ground-up for mobile.

We might start to see more adventurous titles make their way over from PC and console

The Razer phone is potentially just around the corner and the Switch’s success has demonstrated there’s still a demand for more involved mobile gaming. We might start to see more demanding titles make their way over from PC and console. Let’s take a look at some of the games that would be perfect for the platform… and a few that we can only dream about!

The top 7 PC and console games that should be ported to Android

Thumper

Thumper has successfully made the transition to Switch which means it can work on mobile hardware. It’s a rhythm game crossed with an infinite runner, with a dash of Wipeout thrown in for good measure. The controls are limited to left, right and a few other inputs, but it’s the timing that really makes or breaks your success. It wouldn’t be quite as immersive on a small screen but the game’s ‘rhythm violence’ is engaging enough that it would still be a ton of fun on the commute.

22064_rocket-league-on-android-840x473 PC and console games that should be ported to Android

There’s genuinely nothing quite like Thumper. For that reason alone, it deserves a massive audience!

Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty

This is a niche choice but it makes a lot of sense. Clearly Oddworld Inhabitants is down for bringing games to Android (see Munch’s Odyssey and Stranger’s Wrath) but it has omitted the two biggest titles which also just so happen to be the best suited to mobile gaming. What was the thinking here?

22064_rocket-league-on-android-840x473 PC and console games that should be ported to Android

Abe’s Odyssey and Abe’s Exodus are slow-paced, stealth-based platformers in the same vein as something like Flashback. It’s the character and environmental designs that make these games such standouts. With the New ‘n’ Tasty re-release, they’d look gorgeous on that AMOLED display sitting in your pocket.

Endless Space

Endless Space is a well-received and highly complex strategy game set in space. The game and its sequel would provide something really deep to sink your teeth into on mobile, while the turn-based gameplay would be a good fit for on-screen controls. The graphics are stunning but that’s as much down to the art direction and some nice effects as it is to polygon pushing. Suffice it to say, this would be a great addition that isn’t outside the realms of possibility.

22064_rocket-league-on-android-840x473 PC and console games that should be ported to Android

Sonic Mania

Sonic Mania has been a big hit across consoles and PC this year and there’s zero reason it couldn’t also be brought to Android. After all, the game runs on the same engine that powers the mobile-only ports of Sonic 1, 2, and CD. Those same ports prove that the controls would work just fine too. The graphics are a little more impressive but I’m sure a port would make it across with most things intact.

22064_rocket-league-on-android-840x473 PC and console games that should be ported to Android

In fact, this is such a no-brainer to my mind that the only logical explanation for it not being on Android is that it might have cannibalized sales on other platforms and forced the price down.

Shovel Knight

IMHO, more platform games belong on Android in general. Touch input here works just fine (see Sonic, VVVVVV, Limbo) and these games aren’t so graphically demanding. That means they wouldn’t drain the battery too fast either.

If you’re going to bring another platformer to Android, it might as well be Shovel Knight. This is one of the best retro-inspired titles out there thanks to its precise controls and colorful world. There’s plenty of DLC to keep us playing for hours too.

22064_rocket-league-on-android-840x473 PC and console games that should be ported to Android

There are countless more indie titles like this that would work wonderfully on Android too, such as Axiom Verge, Owlboy, Fez and Inside to name just a few. With Android being so indie-developer-friendly, it just doesn’t make sense to me that there aren’t more here!

Rocket League

People love Rocket League. It is brilliant in concept (cars + soccer) and even better in execution. It’s easy to pick up but incredibly fun to master the physics-based gameplay, resulting in some ridiculous matches and crazy moves.

22064_rocket-league-on-android-840x473 PC and console games that should be ported to Android

It could be tricky to bring the controls over in a sensible way though. But racing games can work on Android and again, controllers are always an option. The engine is scalable – I’ve seen it run fine on some pretty low-powered laptops – and the multiplayer bouts seem like a good fit for spurts of handheld gameplay.

Stardew Valley

Stardew Valley is a farming sim mixed with an RPG. It has a top-down, pixelated graphics style that is reminiscent of Pokemon and it would be perfect for mobile gaming. If there’s one thing that mobile gamers love, it’s farming. With Minecraft being such a hit on mobile, it seems there’s a demand for sandbox games too.

22064_rocket-league-on-android-840x473 PC and console games that should be ported to Android

Stardew Valley is charming, addictive, rewarding and ideal for picking up on the go. It would make a great addition to the Play Store and is yet another example of an indie game that is just screaming out for an Android port.

Dream games we’d love to see (but probably never will)

The Witcher 3

Given that this is one of the most graphically-impressive games on the PC right now, it seems unlikely that it would make the jump to Android any time soon unless it was remade from the ground up. CD Projekt Red is a relatively small studio and is currently busy with Cyberpunk 2077, though. In short, it’s not happening.

22064_rocket-league-on-android-840x473 PC and console games that should be ported to Android

But imagine how awesome this would be. Even without the high-end graphics, The Witcher 3 is one of the most in-depth and engaging RPGs out there. I love this game but I just don’t have enough time to sit down and really get into it. Being able to complete quick side quests on the bus or relax for an hour in bed with it? We can only dream – or stream from our PC, as I explained how to do here.

Fallout 4

Open world games generally lend themselves well to portable play thanks to their sandbox nature. Breath of the Wild proved this perfectly.

22064_rocket-league-on-android-840x473 PC and console games that should be ported to Android

When it comes to console open-world titles, few are as well regarded as Fallout 4. You can get lost in this world for hours and being able to take it on the go with you would allow you to put off work indefinitely. Perhaps it’s no bad thing that it’s unlikely to come to mobile after all.

Guess we’ll just have to make do with Fallout Shelter.

Portal 1 2

This seem like a random one, but I’ve always felt this series would be a good fit for mobile. Sure, FPS controls are tricky on a touch screen but this isn’t a twitch-based game (apart from a little bit of precise platforming) and a bluetooth controller would solve the problem anyway.

Meanwhile, the short puzzles in Portal would be perfect for quick bursts of gameplay. While we’re at it, we can also pine after a bunch of other older FPS games, like Half-Life 2, Halo and the original Deus Ex.

22064_rocket-league-on-android-840x473 PC and console games that should be ported to Android

Here’s the thing: Portal is already available for Android – as long as you have a Tegra Shield. Better yet, if you happen to have root and GLTools, you can play it on pretty much any device just fine. In other words, it’s not the hardware that’s the problem here. So really there’s nothing stopping Valve, except perhaps an exclusivity deal?

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds

To say PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has been a success would be a massive understatement. The game is still only in Early Access and yet it’s already the most played game on Steam. That’s thanks to a unique blend of survival and shooter, that makes for tense, suspenseful gameplay. Every battle seems like a unique adventure and the balance is seemingly perfect.

22064_rocket-league-on-android-840x473 PC and console games that should be ported to Android

This would be a hard one to bring to mobile for sure, but that’s why it’s called a wish-list!

Overwatch

Like Rocket League and Battlegrounds, Overwatch is an immensely popular multiplayer title that has a highly active community and super-addictive gameplay. It’s pretty graphically demanding, but the engine is surprisingly scalable. Reportedly, it’s possible that this could one day make it to the Switch. But I wouldn’t hold your breath for an Android version.

22064_rocket-league-on-android-840x473 PC and console games that should be ported to Android

No Man’s Sky

While there was some backlash upon its release, that was down to the game’s failure to deliver on its lofty promises and not the core gameplay itself. What’s there is still pretty interesting and a relaxing way to pass the time. Frequent updates have improved the offering significantly and once again, this would be ideal for dipping in and out of on the go.

22064_rocket-league-on-android-840x473 PC and console games that should be ported to Android

The graphics alone mean this is unlikely to ever happen, but something like No Man’s Sky would be great. Someone? Anyone? Please?

Conclusion

So those are our picks. What games would you like to see make their way to Android? What do you think are some of the best ports already on the platform?

PC and console games that should be ported to Android

As an avid gamer who has become somewhat jaded with the state of the industry lately, the Nintendo Switch has been an absolute breath of fresh air. I love being able to boot up a console-quality game in seconds while on the go.

When I say console-quality I’m not exaggerating either. Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 is the exact same game it was on PS4 and Xbox One with only a slight frame rate dip and no anti-aliasing. Even the new Doom is going to be available!

This is what mobile gaming on Android could be like. After all, the Switch uses mobile technology. Maybe we won’t see Doom, but there’s no reason that a flagship Android phone can’t handle some pretty impressive 3D titles.

22064_rocket-league-on-android-840x473 PC and console games that should be ported to Android

So why don’t we see more of them? Battery life could be an issue, but a power pack would solve that problem (think: Pokemon Go) and you could always just play plugged-in if you don’t mind the couch. Likewise, controls could be an issue, but that wouldn’t affect every game, and controllers are a cheap and effective fix anyway.

Most modern phones could certainly manage a lot of the best indie titles and probably several last-gen titles too. Games like X-Com, Minecraft and Knights of The Old Republic show how well this can work. If not, developers could give them the Final Fantasy XV treatment and remake them from the ground-up for mobile.

We might start to see more adventurous titles make their way over from PC and console

The Razer phone is potentially just around the corner and the Switch’s success has demonstrated there’s still a demand for more involved mobile gaming. We might start to see more demanding titles make their way over from PC and console. Let’s take a look at some of the games that would be perfect for the platform… and a few that we can only dream about!

The top 7 PC and console games that should be ported to Android

Thumper

Thumper has successfully made the transition to Switch which means it can work on mobile hardware. It’s a rhythm game crossed with an infinite runner, with a dash of Wipeout thrown in for good measure. The controls are limited to left, right and a few other inputs, but it’s the timing that really makes or breaks your success. It wouldn’t be quite as immersive on a small screen but the game’s ‘rhythm violence’ is engaging enough that it would still be a ton of fun on the commute.

22064_rocket-league-on-android-840x473 PC and console games that should be ported to Android

There’s genuinely nothing quite like Thumper. For that reason alone, it deserves a massive audience!

Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty

This is a niche choice but it makes a lot of sense. Clearly Oddworld Inhabitants is down for bringing games to Android (see Munch’s Odyssey and Stranger’s Wrath) but it has omitted the two biggest titles which also just so happen to be the best suited to mobile gaming. What was the thinking here?

22064_rocket-league-on-android-840x473 PC and console games that should be ported to Android

Abe’s Odyssey and Abe’s Exodus are slow-paced, stealth-based platformers in the same vein as something like Flashback. It’s the character and environmental designs that make these games such standouts. With the New ‘n’ Tasty re-release, they’d look gorgeous on that AMOLED display sitting in your pocket.

Endless Space

Endless Space is a well-received and highly complex strategy game set in space. The game and its sequel would provide something really deep to sink your teeth into on mobile, while the turn-based gameplay would be a good fit for on-screen controls. The graphics are stunning but that’s as much down to the art direction and some nice effects as it is to polygon pushing. Suffice it to say, this would be a great addition that isn’t outside the realms of possibility.

22064_rocket-league-on-android-840x473 PC and console games that should be ported to Android

Sonic Mania

Sonic Mania has been a big hit across consoles and PC this year and there’s zero reason it couldn’t also be brought to Android. After all, the game runs on the same engine that powers the mobile-only ports of Sonic 1, 2, and CD. Those same ports prove that the controls would work just fine too. The graphics are a little more impressive but I’m sure a port would make it across with most things intact.

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In fact, this is such a no-brainer to my mind that the only logical explanation for it not being on Android is that it might have cannibalized sales on other platforms and forced the price down.

Shovel Knight

IMHO, more platform games belong on Android in general. Touch input here works just fine (see Sonic, VVVVVV, Limbo) and these games aren’t so graphically demanding. That means they wouldn’t drain the battery too fast either.

If you’re going to bring another platformer to Android, it might as well be Shovel Knight. This is one of the best retro-inspired titles out there thanks to its precise controls and colorful world. There’s plenty of DLC to keep us playing for hours too.

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There are countless more indie titles like this that would work wonderfully on Android too, such as Axiom Verge, Owlboy, Fez and Inside to name just a few. With Android being so indie-developer-friendly, it just doesn’t make sense to me that there aren’t more here!

Rocket League

People love Rocket League. It is brilliant in concept (cars + soccer) and even better in execution. It’s easy to pick up but incredibly fun to master the physics-based gameplay, resulting in some ridiculous matches and crazy moves.

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It could be tricky to bring the controls over in a sensible way though. But racing games can work on Android and again, controllers are always an option. The engine is scalable – I’ve seen it run fine on some pretty low-powered laptops – and the multiplayer bouts seem like a good fit for spurts of handheld gameplay.

Stardew Valley

Stardew Valley is a farming sim mixed with an RPG. It has a top-down, pixelated graphics style that is reminiscent of Pokemon and it would be perfect for mobile gaming. If there’s one thing that mobile gamers love, it’s farming. With Minecraft being such a hit on mobile, it seems there’s a demand for sandbox games too.

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Stardew Valley is charming, addictive, rewarding and ideal for picking up on the go. It would make a great addition to the Play Store and is yet another example of an indie game that is just screaming out for an Android port.

Dream games we’d love to see (but probably never will)

The Witcher 3

Given that this is one of the most graphically-impressive games on the PC right now, it seems unlikely that it would make the jump to Android any time soon unless it was remade from the ground up. CD Projekt Red is a relatively small studio and is currently busy with Cyberpunk 2077, though. In short, it’s not happening.

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But imagine how awesome this would be. Even without the high-end graphics, The Witcher 3 is one of the most in-depth and engaging RPGs out there. I love this game but I just don’t have enough time to sit down and really get into it. Being able to complete quick side quests on the bus or relax for an hour in bed with it? We can only dream – or stream from our PC, as I explained how to do here.

Fallout 4

Open world games generally lend themselves well to portable play thanks to their sandbox nature. Breath of the Wild proved this perfectly.

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When it comes to console open-world titles, few are as well regarded as Fallout 4. You can get lost in this world for hours and being able to take it on the go with you would allow you to put off work indefinitely. Perhaps it’s no bad thing that it’s unlikely to come to mobile after all.

Guess we’ll just have to make do with Fallout Shelter.

Portal 1 2

This seem like a random one, but I’ve always felt this series would be a good fit for mobile. Sure, FPS controls are tricky on a touch screen but this isn’t a twitch-based game (apart from a little bit of precise platforming) and a bluetooth controller would solve the problem anyway.

Meanwhile, the short puzzles in Portal would be perfect for quick bursts of gameplay. While we’re at it, we can also pine after a bunch of other older FPS games, like Half-Life 2, Halo and the original Deus Ex.

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Here’s the thing: Portal is already available for Android – as long as you have a Tegra Shield. Better yet, if you happen to have root and GLTools, you can play it on pretty much any device just fine. In other words, it’s not the hardware that’s the problem here. So really there’s nothing stopping Valve, except perhaps an exclusivity deal?

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds

To say PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has been a success would be a massive understatement. The game is still only in Early Access and yet it’s already the most played game on Steam. That’s thanks to a unique blend of survival and shooter, that makes for tense, suspenseful gameplay. Every battle seems like a unique adventure and the balance is seemingly perfect.

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This would be a hard one to bring to mobile for sure, but that’s why it’s called a wish-list!

Overwatch

Like Rocket League and Battlegrounds, Overwatch is an immensely popular multiplayer title that has a highly active community and super-addictive gameplay. It’s pretty graphically demanding, but the engine is surprisingly scalable. Reportedly, it’s possible that this could one day make it to the Switch. But I wouldn’t hold your breath for an Android version.

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No Man’s Sky

While there was some backlash upon its release, that was down to the game’s failure to deliver on its lofty promises and not the core gameplay itself. What’s there is still pretty interesting and a relaxing way to pass the time. Frequent updates have improved the offering significantly and once again, this would be ideal for dipping in and out of on the go.

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The graphics alone mean this is unlikely to ever happen, but something like No Man’s Sky would be great. Someone? Anyone? Please?

Conclusion

So those are our picks. What games would you like to see make their way to Android? What do you think are some of the best ports already on the platform?

PC and Console games that should be ported to Android

As an avid gamer who has become somewhat jaded with the state of the industry lately, the Nintendo Switch has been an absolute breath of fresh air. I love being able to boot up a console-quality game in seconds while on the go.

When I say console-quality I’m not exaggerating either. Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 is the exact same game it was on PS4 and Xbox One with only a slight frame rate dip and no anti-aliasing. Even the new Doom is going to be available!

This is what mobile gaming on Android could be like. After all, the Switch uses mobile technology. Maybe we won’t see Doom, but there’s no reason that a flagship Android phone can’t handle some pretty impressive 3D titles.

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So why don’t we see more of them? Battery life could be an issue, but a power pack would solve that problem (think: Pokemon Go) and you could always just play plugged-in if you don’t mind the couch. Likewise, controls could be an issue, but that wouldn’t affect every game, and controllers are a cheap and effective fix anyway.

Most modern phones could certainly manage a lot of the best indie titles and probably several last-gen titles too. Games like X-Com, Minecraft and Knights of The Old Republic show how well this can work. If not, developers could give them the Final Fantasy XV treatment and remake them from the ground-up for mobile.

We might start to see more adventurous titles make their way over from PC and console

The Razer phone is potentially just around the corner and the Switch’s success has demonstrated there’s still a demand for more involved mobile gaming. We might start to see more demanding titles make their way over from PC and console. Let’s take a look at some of the games that would be perfect for the platform… and a few that we can only dream about!

The top 7 PC and console games that should be ported to Android

Thumper

Thumper has successfully made the transition to Switch which means it can work on mobile hardware. It’s a rhythm game crossed with an infinite runner, with a dash of Wipeout thrown in for good measure. The controls are limited to left, right and a few other inputs, but it’s the timing that really makes or breaks your success. It wouldn’t be quite as immersive on a small screen but the game’s ‘rhythm violence’ is engaging enough that it would still be a ton of fun on the commute.

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There’s genuinely nothing quite like Thumper. For that reason alone, it deserves a massive audience!

Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty

This is a niche choice but it makes a lot of sense. Clearly Oddworld Inhabitants is down for bringing games to Android (see Munch’s Odyssey and Stranger’s Wrath) but it has omitted the two biggest titles which also just so happen to be the best suited to mobile gaming. What was the thinking here?

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Abe’s Odyssey and Abe’s Exodus are slow-paced, stealth-based platformers in the same vein as something like Flashback. It’s the character and environmental designs that make these games such standouts. With the New ‘n’ Tasty re-release, they’d look gorgeous on that AMOLED display sitting in your pocket.

Endless Space

Endless Space is a well-received and highly complex strategy game set in space. The game and its sequel would provide something really deep to sink your teeth into on mobile, while the turn-based gameplay would be a good fit for on-screen controls. The graphics are stunning but that’s as much down to the art direction and some nice effects as it is to polygon pushing. Suffice it to say, this would be a great addition that isn’t outside the realms of possibility.

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Sonic Mania

Sonic Mania has been a big hit across consoles and PC this year and there’s zero reason it couldn’t also be brought to Android. After all, the game runs on the same engine that powers the mobile-only ports of Sonic 1, 2, and CD. Those same ports prove that the controls would work just fine too. The graphics are a little more impressive but I’m sure a port would make it across with most things intact.

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In fact, this is such a no-brainer to my mind that the only logical explanation for it not being on Android is that it might have cannibalized sales on other platforms and forced the price down.

Shovel Knight

IMHO, more platform games belong on Android in general. Touch input here works just fine (see Sonic, VVVVVV, Limbo) and these games aren’t so graphically demanding. That means they wouldn’t drain the battery too fast either.

If you’re going to bring another platformer to Android, it might as well be Shovel Knight. This is one of the best retro-inspired titles out there thanks to its precise controls and colorful world. There’s plenty of DLC to keep us playing for hours too.

6c733_rocket-league-on-android-840x473 PC and Console games that should be ported to Android

There are countless more indie titles like this that would work wonderfully on Android too, such as Axiom Verge, Owlboy, Fez and Inside to name just a few. With Android being so indie-developer-friendly, it just doesn’t make sense to me that there aren’t more here!

Rocket League

People love Rocket League. It is brilliant in concept (cars + soccer) and even better in execution. It’s easy to pick up but incredibly fun to master the physics-based gameplay, resulting in some ridiculous matches and crazy moves.

6c733_rocket-league-on-android-840x473 PC and Console games that should be ported to Android

It could be tricky to bring the controls over in a sensible way though. But racing games can work on Android and again, controllers are always an option. The engine is scalable – I’ve seen it run fine on some pretty low-powered laptops – and the multiplayer bouts seem like a good fit for spurts of handheld gameplay.

Stardew Valley

Stardew Valley is a farming sim mixed with an RPG. It has a top-down, pixelated graphics style that is reminiscent of Pokemon and it would be perfect for mobile gaming. If there’s one thing that mobile gamers love, it’s farming. With Minecraft being such a hit on mobile, it seems there’s a demand for sandbox games too.

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Stardew Valley is charming, addictive, rewarding and ideal for picking up on the go. It would make a great addition to the Play Store and is yet another example of an indie game that is just screaming out for an Android port.

Dream games we’d love to see (but probably never will)

The Witcher 3

Given that this is one of the most graphically-impressive games on the PC right now, it seems unlikely that it would make the jump to Android any time soon unless it was remade from the ground up. CD Projekt Red is a relatively small studio and is currently busy with Cyberpunk 2077, though. In short, it’s not happening.

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But imagine how awesome this would be. Even without the high-end graphics, The Witcher 3 is one of the most in-depth and engaging RPGs out there. I love this game but I just don’t have enough time to sit down and really get into it. Being able to complete quick side quests on the bus or relax for an hour in bed with it? We can only dream – or stream from our PC, as I explained how to do here.

Fallout 4

Open world games generally lend themselves well to portable play thanks to their sandbox nature. Breath of the Wild proved this perfectly.

6c733_rocket-league-on-android-840x473 PC and Console games that should be ported to Android

When it comes to console open-world titles, few are as well regarded as Fallout 4. You can get lost in this world for hours and being able to take it on the go with you would allow you to put off work indefinitely. Perhaps it’s no bad thing that it’s unlikely to come to mobile after all.

Guess we’ll just have to make do with Fallout Shelter.

Portal 1 2

This seem like a random one, but I’ve always felt this series would be a good fit for mobile. Sure, FPS controls are tricky on a touch screen but this isn’t a twitch-based game (apart from a little bit of precise platforming) and a bluetooth controller would solve the problem anyway.

Meanwhile, the short puzzles in Portal would be perfect for quick bursts of gameplay. While we’re at it, we can also pine after a bunch of other older FPS games, like Half-Life 2, Halo and the original Deus Ex.

6c733_rocket-league-on-android-840x473 PC and Console games that should be ported to Android

Here’s the thing: Portal is already available for Android – as long as you have a Tegra Shield. Better yet, if you happen to have root and GLTools, you can play it on pretty much any device just fine. In other words, it’s not the hardware that’s the problem here. So really there’s nothing stopping Valve, except perhaps an exclusivity deal?

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds

To say PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has been a success would be a massive understatement. The game is still only in Early Access and yet it’s already the most played game on Steam. That’s thanks to a unique blend of survival and shooter, that makes for tense, suspenseful gameplay. Every battle seems like a unique adventure and the balance is seemingly perfect.

6c733_rocket-league-on-android-840x473 PC and Console games that should be ported to Android

This would be a hard one to bring to mobile for sure, but that’s why it’s called a wish-list!

Overwatch

Like Rocket League and Battlegrounds, Overwatch is an immensely popular multiplayer title that has a highly active community and super-addictive gameplay. It’s pretty graphically demanding, but the engine is surprisingly scalable. Reportedly, it’s possible that this could one day make it to the Switch. But I wouldn’t hold your breath for an Android version.

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No Man’s Sky

While there was some backlash upon its release, that was down to the game’s failure to deliver on its lofty promises and not the core gameplay itself. What’s there is still pretty interesting and a relaxing way to pass the time. Frequent updates have improved the offering significantly and once again, this would be ideal for dipping in and out of on the go.

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The graphics alone mean this is unlikely to ever happen, but something like No Man’s Sky would be great. Someone? Anyone? Please?

Conclusion

So those are our picks. What games would you like to see make their way to Android? What do you think are some of the best ports already on the platform?

Ported Google Camera with HDR+ gets RAW support and squashes major bugs

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The modified version of the Google Camera app caused a few ripples in the Android community because it allowed those who don’t own Pixel or Nexus devices to try out Google‘s excellent HDR+ chops, among other features. Thankfully for fans, independent developer B-S-G did not stop his work on the modified app and released a new version that adds RAW support, squashes some major bugs, and throws in a few features along the way.

With the update, the ported Google Camera HDR+ app can enable RAW capture while saving the JPEG file. RAW support might not be significant for most folks, but it allows others to use their computers for additional processing and fine-tuning as they see fit. It also allows you to use HDR+ and bypass the processing that happens after snapping a picture.

 

The Google app now lets you pin a few categories to your home screen as icons

The updated port also allows you to configure the processing modes for HDR+. Keep in mind that you will need to completely close the application and open it for the changes to go into effect. There are also certain combinations that will not work well with each other, so just play around with the settings and see what works.

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Finally, overall speed and stability have supposedly been significantly improved with Google Camera HDR+.

Alas, the list of devices confirmed to work with the app is not very extensive, but includes the following:

Other devices, such as the Nokia 6 and Xiaomi Redmi Note 4, should work with the app, since they support the Camera2 API. The list should increase over time, but as of now, it’s a wait-and-see approach.

If you want to give the updated Google Camera HDR+ a spin, head to Android FileHost to download it.




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