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Now that fast processors and LTE connections are becoming more prevalent, the Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) genre is about to have a renaissance on mobile platforms. Case in point: Blastron. It's a new take on the old Worms/Scorched Earth ballistics game, with player-controlled robots running around, blasting each other with weaponry that would be at home in any Looney Tunes production. It's a free download (with the usual in-app purchase trappings) in the Play Store.

Blastron got its start on iOS, where its combination of simple gameplay and easy multiplayer pairing has let it rack up rave reviews. Interestingly, the game uses different play styles online and offline. In the single-player campaign mode, you move around the stages in real-time combat, collecting weapons and upgrades that can be applied to multiplayer battles. But online, players have to take turns like previous ballistic games, turning Blastron into a more strategic and less twitchy affair.

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The graphics are a bit basic, but the nihilistic cartoon violence should satisfy fans of this particular niche (and exploding cogs and pistons won't upset any parents, either). One enemy weapon caused my robot to be attacked by tiny, biting drones, yelping in pain until I returned fire. The elephant gun fires actual elephants. The nature of IAPs means that there's a definite possibility of a pay-to-win situation in the multiplayer portion of the game, but after a quick download, I don't see anything in the in-game store that can't be obtained through playing the single-player mode.

At the moment, multiplayer bouts are limited to a straight deathmatch mode. More modes and features are planned, and scheduled tournaments are already in place.

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • Samsung Fanboy

    So now that the Play store allegedly has 1M apps, I hope we can get what its really lacking--all variety of games on iOS which was the app stores only real advantage.

  • Agustin Tashdjian

    Ohhhh come on....i can't install this on my device wtf game?!?!?

    • http://www.twitter.com/ninjustin ninjustin

      What Device do you own?

      • Agustin Tashdjian

        Captivate :P
        But i'm even on 4.2, i know that doesnt really mater but come on!

        • http://www.twitter.com/ninjustin ninjustin

          A market unlocker app should help you at least get the app installed.

          • Guest

            I cant install it on Sony Xperia S

        • Vardan Nazaretyan

          I have a phone with almost identical specs also on 4.2 and it's available for my phone. Strange...

    • http://nikolaovcharski.com/ Nikola Ovcharski

      I cant install it on my Sony Xperia S

  • Merri Mogridge

    How does the offline work? I just got kicked out of the first mission in the campaign because I lost wifi signal. Still a pretty fun game though!

    • Mufasa

      you must be online even for singleplayer :

      • Merri Mogridge

        Yeah I realise that now, pretty annoying :( I lost connection again during the campaign and when I re-logged it hadn't saved my progress. I wasn't bothered doing the missions again so I just uninstalled it.

      • Vardan Nazaretyan

        Sounds like xBox One to me lol.

  • Randroid

    Fantastic game! I found this game featured the other day on Free App Daily (http://bit.ly/15JiKF9) and I love it!

  • Mufasa

    This game is really awsome, but... i got a lot of crashes with Gnex (with paranoid)

  • Petr

    Not compatible with Xperia T? Come on!