As always, we've been busy combing through all the Play Store's latest entries during the past month. Besides publishing our larger, semi-weekly roundups, we try to separate out the very best. In the interest of saving readers time and – more importantly – money in trying out all the games we discuss each month, we assemble a shortlist of the games you can't miss. If you're looking to spice up your games library, any of these picks would be a great choice.
Just like last month, we'll discuss our top picks, followed by a list of honorable mentions that are also worth at least looking into if your gaming appetite still isn't sated. Plus, we've got new graphics!
As someone who fell in love with Superbrothers Sword and Sworcery, Finding Teddy was an easy choice. The game shares S&S' mildly dark, yet playful vibe and also doesn't skimp on beautiful, pixelized landscapes.
The story is predicated on a teddy bear's mysterious abduction by some sort of tentacled beast. Naturally, the main character goes to the closet to investigate, only to find herself walking into a mysterious point-and-click world populated by various creatures, plants, frogs, and pickup items.
The game itself is bedeviling at times, but the segments are quite gratifying once you figure them out. If you like a puzzling experience you can take at your own pace, or beguiling pixel graphics, Finding Teddy is a great play.
After a soft release in April, EA finally brought Tetris Blitz to worldwide availability last month. If you've ever played Tetris, you already know the basics of this game. Like EA's other Blitz titles though, Tetris Blitz introduces a race against the clock, along with social leaderboards and a few explosions.
The game also has some pretty nice controls, allowing for "drag-and-place" as well as one-touch control schemes.
If you've been yearning for a colorful, frenzied Tetris experience on your mobile device, now's your chance. Did I mention the game is free?
Indiana Stone, like our earlier entry Finding Teddy, uses a pixelated art style, but adds a twist – the game is built by what I can only compare to 3D pixels (which, thanks to a commenter, I've just learned are called Voxels). That isn't where the interest ends with Indiana Stone though. From a quick glance you might think it's another endless runner. In a sense, it is, except it has plenty of different, unique levels, and a significant twist in concept – you are the boulder chasing the endless runner.
Yes, that's right – you play the roll (see what I did there?) of a boulder, whose objective is to smash into an Indiana Jones-like character who is dragging away a precious idol attached to a rope. Dodging obstacles and hitting speed boosts along the way, you'll eventually catch up to the thieving adventurer, at which point his motionless pixel body will be dragged off by an airplane. Even if you're deep inside an Egyptian pyramid.
Besides having a unique style and addicting gameplay, Indiana Stone is downright fun.
Did you ever want to punch a skeleton, bat, or other ghoul right in the face? What about riding a freshly-hatched T-Rex that shoots laser blasts from its mouth? If these are things that sound appealing to you, you're in luck. You can do all this and more … from your mobile device!
Punch Quest, which launched in the Play Store last month, will take you on a veritable tour of face-punching through lairs, dungeons, and other spooky locales, with plenty of powerups along the way, including the atomic fist and the fist of gnome star.
Other perks include magical gnomes, character customization, really fancy hats, and even a combo system. All for just $0.99.
Daddy Was a Thief
If you've got a latent desire to rob banks, Rebel Twins has you covered with Daddy Was a Thief. In the cartoony time-waster, the premise is simple – smash through floors and floors of banks, casinos, and residential rooms to steal all the coins you can carry, while wearing a variety of accessories or playing as various thieves, and making use of any number of available powerups to aid in your unlawful escapades.
The game promises it will be different "every time you play," and it's free. If you're looking for a great way to kill a few spare minutes, hit the widget.
Finally, we have a selection of games that didn't quite make the short list, but which are still worth mentioning. Here they are (in no particular order).
- Ku: Shroud of the Morrigan
- Can Knockdown 3
- Turbo Racing League
- Fire & Forget Final Assault
- Kingdom Rush
- LEGO STAR WARS
- Attack of the Wall St. Titan
- Arma Tactics THD
- Combo Crew
- One Epic Knight
- Fractal Combat
- Toy Defense (& Free)
- Carmageddon (& Free)
- Dark Avenger
- Hero Forge Beta
If you want something to waste a few minutes, bend your brain, or just keep things interesting, the games above are all winners. If, however, you didn't find anything in this month's short list that interests you, just keep an eye out for our frequent larger roundups.