These days, it doesn’t take a whole lot to get the smartphone community buzzing. Whether it’s the release of a new phone, rumors of such a release, or even a new trending app, any bit of news winds up in headlines all across the Internet. But in February, smartphone lovers received some of the most exciting news in several months: the Samsung Galaxy S5 is on its way, and will be in stores in a matter of months.
This announcement is exciting for a number of reasons. To begin with, Samsung simply has an enormous fan and user base, and it’s always a big deal when the tech giant puts out a new smartphone product. But beyond this basic excitement, there are also specific features and perks included with the Galaxy S5 that have particular audiences excited – and one of those audiences is mobile gamers!
With most major smartphone releases, gaming is something of an afterthought. However, the Verizon Wireless write-up of the Galaxy S5 says differently. They make an interesting note for those who use their smartphones for gaming by discussing the improved display on the new Samsung device and stating, “Games play like never before,” and went on to discuss some of the specific perks of new display. Frankly, it does sound like it will make your favorite smartphone games look nothing short of stunning, though we’ll have to wait and see.
So, for those of us who love our mobile games, all of this begs the question: once the S5 is released, which new games will we be playing on it? The app gaming markets are constantly evolving, expanding, and improving, so rather than focusing on existing games we’ll be downloading on the new phone, here’s a look instead at five of the most exciting Android game releases rumored to be headed our way in 2014.
LEGO Minifigures Online
For anyone who enjoyed the LEGO Movie, this is a game that should be very exciting. Essentially it allows mobile gamers to enter a massive online community based on broad LEGO setting themes and involving iconic characters. The game combines the construction quality of a game like Minecraft with a uniquely LEGO-based online adventure.
Uncanny X-Men: Days Of Future Past
From Marvel and in collaboration with Glitchsoft developers, this X-Men game sounds as if it will be a cut above the average game that accompanies a film release. The game’s website teases it as an “immersive, story-based” game that centers on the popular story branch “Days Of Future Past.”
Age Of Empires
The iconic, historical military strategy game is finally coming to mobile platforms, and will be available for free in the iOS and Android app markets later this year. This is a potentially enormous release, and Game Informer notes that the game will be “a new genre of strategy game.”
Based on the popular gaming franchise of the same name, this title from Square Enix will bring unique graphics and turn-based gameplay to the Android market in what looks to be one of the most ambitious games of the year—perhaps a great one to try the S5 out with. Hitman games are varied in their approach, inviting players to sneak as well as they shoot.
This is a bit of a wildcard, and a less familiar game from developer PixelNauts. However, the premise sounds as if it could be stunning on a high-end new smartphone. Basically, players control Harrison, a lost astronaut without his ship who must travel through space using planets’ gravity—all while uncovering an undiscovered alien race. Sign us up!