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Wraithborne

At first Wraithborne looks like a pretty standard top-down hack and slash action game, but there's some thoughtful design going into this one. The story is pretty standard, but it informs the gameplay: your character's super-special powers are activated via mystic runes, which the player activates by drawing on the screen. That's a nice application of the touchscreen. Other interesting elements include stat-adjusting armor sets and some genuinely epic music. The game is free to play, but you might run out of levels (12) before you get to the IAP-inspired grind. The initial release has some compatibility issues.

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Wraithborne is an intense Action/Adventure game with RPG elements developed by the indie team at Alpha Dog Games. When magic returned to the world, everything changed in an instant. All that remains of the past are the crumbling ruins of the fallen Age of Humanity. The old legends - wraiths, goblins and werewolves - stalk the lands. Now, one born of their greatest fear will claim the power of the Runes and protect what remains of humanity. You are Wraithborne.

 

 

HELLO HERO™

We are not wanting for multiplayer RPGs today. Hello Hero is a decidedly goofy take on the exploding sub-genre - the trailer below is pretty good. It looks like this one has more standard turn-based combat without the directional and distal component of a tactical RPG. Hello Hero has a big focus on social gaming and in-app purchases, so consider yourself warned if that's not your style.

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In Hello Hero, the epic, fast-paced, social Role Playing Game, assemble the ultimate team of unlikely heroes ranging from the traditional (a knight in shining armor) to the inexplicable (a guitar-wielding cactus that heals with the soothing sounds of his music) to earn rewards, compete with friends and battle with bosses to defeat the diabolical force and save the galaxy!

D&D Arena of War

If you prefer your dungeons and/or dragons without pewter or dice, then give Arena of War a try. Admittedly the typical gameplay is banking on the most famous name in fantasy gaming to make it interesting, but a mix-and-match card system for swappable special attacks is somewhat novel. Combat is turn-based, but more interesting than the typical JRPG thanks to a unique directional component to the tap-and-hold interface. A time-based IAP scheme, sort of like a fantasy version of Real Racing 3, is a bit of a bummer.

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Arena of War, the first free-to-play Dungeons & Dragons game on mobile, is a thrilling 3D battle role-playing game that takes place in the famous Forgotten Realms. The Sundering, a historic event that will reshape the world and the heavens, is underway and threatens the balance of power between the gods of good and evil. You will be called upon as a champion to fight on behalf of good against the adversaries of evil and help set the balance of power before the Sundering is complete.

Mechs vs Aliens

Somebody's seen Pacific Rim one too many times. Mechs vs Aliens delivers on the simple premise, although not in the way you might think. The screenshots below look like a pretty typical fighter, but the action is turn based, so the gameplay is more Pokemon than Mortal Kombat. Story, arcade, and survival modes are included, but unfortunately there is no multiplayer element. The developer says it's coming soon.

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Transform into a giant mech of destruction and battle deadly extraterrestrial kaiju monsters to save our planet! Play this FREE turn-based fighting game in which you take control of elite war robots to defend the Earth from alien invaders. Under attack by alien monsters! All the world’s nations are united in the Planetary Council to defend the world against enormous alien aggressors.

Kingdom Tactics

If Game of Thrones was remade as a Flash cartoon, it might look a lot like Kingdom Tactics. You control a tiny army real-time strategy style, trying to get into various fortresses and kill all the dudes (tactical term). And yes, it has dragons. Sprite graphics are nice and easy on the hardware, but the game is singe-player only. Then again, given developer Com2Us' rather slavish dedication to the F2P model, maybe that's a good thing.

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The next evolution of Action Strategy gaming! ≪Kingdom Tactics≫! Take part in a battle of strategic tactics to reclaim the lost throne! A massive-scale war game taking place over a vast and beautiful map! Assemble an army of diverse characters, dragons, and Heroes to rebuild the defeated kingdom and restore peace throughout the continent! This game is free to play, but you can choose to buy items with real money. Some paid items may be refundable depending on the type of item

Robo & Bobo

More robots, you say? Robo & Bobo is more adorable than action-oriented, but the novel premise of a giant robot rescuing his teddy bear was enough to get it on this list. This one is a puzzle game masquerading as a platformer: you've got to plan out the robot's moves before starting the level by inputting a "program." Graphics are pretty good, and the 3D stages have a lot of environmental variables to tease your brain.

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Inside a vast robot factory scientists are testing a robot's love for his teddy bear to the limits... Can you use the simple controls to command Robo and help him pass all the tests so he can finally be reunited with his adorable (and only) friend Bobo?

  • Adorable and funny characters
  • Tricky 3D puzzles
  • Beautiful 3D graphics
  • Program a robot without typing any code

Oh My Heroes!

What happens when you mix Battleheart aesthetics, hack-and-slash mechanics, and online multiplayer? If you download Oh My Heroes!, you might just find out. This side-scroller throws in a ton of old-school combat and RPG elements with a MOBA framework and no small amount of humor. There's also a single player mode where you can hone your skills.... but unfortunately, you'll need an active internet connection even if you're going solo.

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Long, long ago in a realm far, far away, it was all peace and happy. But one day, the Magic Crystals fall from above, full of magical energies that can even give people the ability of respawn. Endless battles then began for the control of the Magic Crystal. Now it's your destiny to fight and discover the unknown power behind them. Partner with online teammates and beat the opposite team to collect the Magic Crystals. Hire more heroes and upgrade their unique skills.

 

Audionaut

It's Audiosurf on your phone. If you've somehow managed to avoid every Steam sale in the last two years, Audiosurf is a game that generates dynamic Guitar Hero-style levels based on your own local music, but instead of a plastic guitar, you get a spaceship (or in this case a rocketeer). It's an interesting experience, but know that you can only use music that's actually on your phone, and the difficulty of the levels generally matches the tempo of the song.

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Audionaut is an interstellar rhythm runner that allows you to zoom your way through the galaxy to the beat of your favourite songs! Tap your way to the top of the leaderboard playing custom levels generated from your own music collection. Instant loading and a state of the art music algorithm lets you fully experience your music. Collect as many notes as you can to gain the highest score and prove your musicianship.

Rise To Fame

Rounding out this role-playing edition of the Bonus Round is Rise To Fame, an unconventional entry to say the least. Your RPG party is a travelling band, and your objective is to entertain rather than kill. Instruments are weapons, outfits are armor, and reactions honed by countdown combat will help you dodge the occasional beer bottle. The premise is interesting, it's just too bad that the developers couldn't spring for real music as in the Guitar Hero games and their imitators. +1 point for originality... -1 point for zombies.

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Rise To Fame is a new type of RPG where you can lead your band as a pack of warriors and fight against demanding and angry crowds! Rise To Fame brings you the rich experience of a music RPG to enjoy on the go. It's a reaction RPG where you can behave like a real rockstar: smash your guitar, dodge projectiles from the angry drunken crowd, get the girl's attention (be careful, this may harm you!) and play for everyone from cowboys to zombies while you tour the world on your rise to fame!

Real Steel World Robot Boxing

It's still a mystery to me why the original Real Steel didn't use its Rockem Sockem Robots license to the fullest. It's even more mysterious why the lackluster mobile tie-in gets a sequel when the movie itself doesn't. You know how this goes: big, simple fights, lots of currency-based upgrades, and a bunch of robots that look startlingly similar. At least there's a multiplayer component (WiFi only) and a few customization options.

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Become a robot champion ONCE AGAIN. Fans of the smash hit Real Steel with 10 Millions Downloads comes next version with More Robots, More Action and More Fun. Real Steel World Robot Boxing packs bigger punches, harder-hitting battles, and double the action of its predecessor Reel Steal with better graphics, brand new robots, more modes and head-to-head multiplayer. In the not-so-distant future where boxing is taken to the extreme, people and robots synch up for a larger-than-life entertainment experience.

 

Alien Apocalypse

You can guess pretty much everything you need to know about Alien Apocalypse from looking at the screenshots. 3D endless runner? Check. Generic evil bad guys? Check. Vehicular sections for powered-up destruction? Check. Free to play with in-app currency for upgrades? You got it. It looks like a serviceable time-killer with some impressive presentation, but don't fall down the IAP rabbit hole.

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Bad and Ugly aliens are setting up their bases in the heart of the tropical jungles of the planet and everything now seems lost... but fortunately the human race has Zambo on their side! Zambo, the arsenal man, alone is worth a whole army! Equipped with bombs, pistol, machine gun, plasma gun, flamethrower and bazooka ... is an unstoppable force! And what of his personal and powerful robot "the pulper" that he can drive in battle? Who can stop Zambo? Perhaps the horde of horrible and slimy alien creatures from other worlds?

Dream of Pixels

What would happen if your flipped Tetris on its head and made the goal meticulous destruction instead of patient line-clearing? That's the gist of Dream of Pixels, an unaccountably beautiful puzzler from the folks at Noodlecake. The main mode isn't much more than time attack, but various other takes on the core concept can add a bit of strategy and tension. The ever-shifting pastel visuals and soothing pseudo-techno music put this one broadly in the "zen" category.

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It is time to experience one of the best reviewed mobile games of 2012 now for FREE! Dream of Pixels for Free is a beautiful falling blocks puzzle game. A brilliant twist on the old classic - unpack tetromino blocks instead of the usual packing. Tap on the mesmerizing grid to unpack tetrominos and watch them spin, rotate and fall. Clear the lines from the beautiful cloudy grid fast enough - or it's dream over.

Terrene

They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. If that's true then Asteroids should be downright smitten with Terrene, which imitates the look and feel of the original space shooter to a T. But the core gameplay is reversed: in Terrene you use a tractor beam to get closer to the asteroids, narrowly avoiding them and making them smash into each other as you progress through the levels. It's a novel idea, even if the presentation is derivative.

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A smartphone game about space physics, social interaction and logophilia. Asteroids are both your friends and your enemies. Use them to move ahead, but don't get too close. Uncover the lore of mankind on the way. Lost in unknown space with a broken engine, the player is to use Tractor Beam and utilize physic to maneuvre among asteroids, which would either assist or destroy you.

Move: A Brain Shifting Puzzle

Move has an interesting take on the sliding puzzle: every time you swipe, all of your circular pieces move in the same direction. You'll have to use the various greyed-out blocks to stop their movement and get the round pegs to their square holes. It's kind of like a Sokoban game where you move the floor instead of the blocks. Again, textual descriptions really don't do this type of game any favors, so check out the video below.

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Move is a free brain shifting puzzle game, in which all the dots move together! The dots always move unless they are blocked. To solve this brain puzzle, move all the dots onto the colored squares. Play through hundreds of free brain shifting puzzles. The puzzles starts off simple and laid back with 3 dots in the same color and move into super challenging and brain shifting puzzles with 5 colors that will move your brain. Are you ready for a serious brain shifting puzzle and evolve your brain? Move dots! solve puzzles! make your brain awesome!

The Rockets

Blacked-out foreground and pastel background is developer code for "indier than thou." While this art style has been beaten with so many sticks that it could really use a rest, I don't think it's ever been applied to a space shooter before. You've got your standard waves of enemies and screen-filling attacks, plus the usual upgrade path that comes with single-player F2P games. Wait a second. Is that a Cylon Raider? Instant download.

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The Rockets is an arcade boss-based shoot 'em up. Take control of your space-ship and starting blasting your way through cool & unique levels. As you progress through the adventure style campaign you'll be able to upgrade your ship and unlock new abilities by spending loot acquired from fallen enemies. The game is simple to play - yet strangely addictive and challenging. Start blasting your way to victory now!

Chickens Can't Fly

Why can't chickens fly? Well as a species there are various evolutionary forces at work, but I'm betting the reason that this one in particular can't fly is that he's being dismembered by elaborate deathtraps. This is another "endless falling" game, kind of like Tiny Tower in reverse, where you play a chicken plummeting through the most elaborate processing plant ever. 80 levels and a somewhat twisted sense of humor make this one worth a look.

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Plunge towards the depths of a chicken-powered science facility! Chickens Can't Fly is here to give you endless free-falling excitement in a wacky world. Fall through all 80+ levels of the game. Avoid meat-grinders in the butchery, pass silently through the scary cemetery, bravely face a battlefield, survive the science lab and dive deep underwater! Use over 30 wacky power-ups to make your life easier, or crazy power-downs to make it challenging and rack up huge score multipliers.

The Adventures of Mosaika

If you're a dedicated follower of the storied Myst franchise, well, there are probably better things that you can be doing with your time. But if you're also desperate for a story-driven first-person adventure game, then Mosaika will probably satisfy. Between the hand-painted 2D environments, the old-school adventure mechanics, and the built-in hint system (thank you, developers!) there's at least a dollar's worth of entertainment to be had.

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The strange feeling you had all day followed you to bed that night. A sudden crash from the next room wakes you from dreams of magical lands, and sets your heart racing in your chest. Sitting bolt upright in bed, the strange feeling returns as your eyes adjust to the darkness, focusing on the odd wooden symbols across the mantel of the fireplace. Almost as if something were calling you... Turning on the lamp, you cautiously get up, moving towards the sound that woke you.

Sunny Hillride

You got your physics engine in my endless runner! Sunny Hillride looks like a pretty typical entry in the genre, and it is, but it throws in some motocross jumps for your heavily-laden sedan to launch off of. Keeping the car straight and smooth is the name of the game (or at least it would be, if the name wasn't "Sunny Hillride"), and perfect control of the one-button gas pedal is essential to winning. A surprising lack of in-app purchases in this free game makes it worth a look.

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Race and jump across hilly, colorful landscapes of forests, deserts, snowy mountains and beautiful meadows. Make sure that you don't run out of gas and don't lose your luggage performing daredevil stunts – the roof of your RV is piled precariously high. Suitcases, bags, the birdcage and your fellow travelers must arrive safely at the holiday resort - else you won't get the full score. Start your craziest family holiday with a turbulent and crazy family journey in Sunny Hillride - even your pet parrot is on board!

Haunted House

We usually place these activity book apps in the app roundup, but this one falls on the game side of that thin content line thanks to a handful of included minigames. It's definitely kid-oriented, with the usual narration and follow-the-bouncing-ball features in the pop-up book section of the app. The content shouldn't be seriously scary for most youngsters.

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Haunted House is a spooky Halloween activity book packed full of ghoulish games, awesomely eerie activities, and things that go bump in the night. As night falls in the deep, dark forest, monsters are stirring in the Haunted House. Do come in ~ if you DARE. Meet the monsters, play the games, then complete the challenges to win spooktastic badges and stars.

Asterix: Total Retaliation

If you're an insatiable fan of French comic book character Asterix, and also a fan of Plants vs Zombies... then you should probably still forget about this game and play PvZ2 instead. But if you can't be dissuaded, just consider this game Gauls vs Romans. The art in the game isn't all that great (though it does conform to the characters) and gameplay could only be called derivative, but it does include a few minigames for the sake of variety.

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The Romans are definitely stubborn. More determined than ever, they are planning once again to get their hands on the famous magic potion. This time, they’ve come with a stupid, evil plan: to invade the Gaul village and fight until one of them manages to grab Getafix’s cauldron. Hordes of legionaries emerge in succession across the battlefield from the Roman camps surrounding the village: Aquarium, Babaorum, Laudanum and Petibonum. Fortunately, Asterix, Obelix, Dogmatix and all the village’s inhabitants will be nearby to give you a hand in countering the attacks and defend the village.

99 Waves to Die

If you want a dirt-simple twin-stick shooter and nothing else, 99 Waves To Die is right up your wormhole. It's yet another game that wears its 8-bit inspiration on its shoulder, though the actual gameplay is more Geometry Wars than Space Invaders. (Holy crap, even the joysticks look like tiny little HAL 9000 eyes.) Give it a shot if you need some retro in your shoot-em-up.

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99 Waves to Die is a twin stick arcade shooter, inspired by the arcade games, and 8-bit home consoles/computers, of the 1980′s. Remember when video games used to be insanely difficult? When you used to spend £’s in the local arcade trying to get the high score? When having your three letter initials/acronym at the top of the table meant you were the king? Well we do, and that is why we have created 99 Waves to Die.

Mystery Castle HD - Episode 1

A mix of old-school dungeon crawlers and puzzle games, Mystery Castle might scratch the itch of any classic Zelda fans out there. The gameplay is pretty basic: don't touch the lava, avoid the bad guys, et cetera. New tools and weapons are gradually introduced, but it looks like the game uses the same basic visual design for every stage. A sequel is clearly in the works, but with just 36 stages for two bucks, it probably should have been included.

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The award-winning Mystery Castle series has arrived on to Android devices. Join Monty the wizard on his first adventure, as he explores a fortress deep inside a mountain, that is under siege by one of the evil Monster Barons. Monty will have to outwit Fire Golems, watch his step on burning lava, discover magical passageways and push bombs to clear obstacles, as he makes his way deeper into the fortress and the showdown with the mysterious Monster Baron invading the castle. And be careful not to fall into the bottomless abyss.

Trouserheart

We featured Trouserheart a while back when it was an Amazon Appstore exclusive. It's an unapologetic hack and slash dungeon-crawler starring a mobile beard in heart print boxers - what's not to love? The simple but pleasing 3D graphics and timeless gameplay are charming, even if this isn't going to win any awards for originality. The game is a reasonable $3 with no in-app purchases.

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Trouserheart is all about fun, instantly accessible, pick up and play hack’n’slash gameplay with playful art style and humorous tone. Super fluid controls with options for both fixed and floating modes make the game a joy to play for beginners and veteran gamers alike. The game offers two difficulty levels and even an optional perma-death mode for the bravest of adventurers!

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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.
  • Tuấn Ankh

    Absolutely love PvZ2
    But now I end up playing too much and forget doing my homework. Not blaming the game though. xD

  • kikky

    Wow, without app brain this page loads so much faster! On my phone.

  • do3h

    tannnx

  • fredric

    I miss WTF games 😱

  • ChainsawCharlie

    Way too many IAP based games :(

  • Funem

    Its was pointed out in the Arc Squadron news article that the IAP's are not needed and you can, and I have played this for ages and most of the levels and never had the need to buy anything or grind relentlessly. The IAP's are for lazy people, there is no need to buy anything. Its a great game and you put people off by comments like "Watch out for those IAPs. " I believe the original comments about IAP's in the game were made before it had even been played. Plants vs. Zombies has a worse IAP freemuim model but you say it in a more favourable way. Go figure.

  • OmniWrench

    Are directly Play store links no longer going to be supplied in these stories?

    • TSON1

      Hit install, takes you right to the play store page.

    • TejasEric

      I see direct play store links?

  • vlad

    only played Neon Shadow & Fist of Awesome so far.

  • http://brgulker.wordpress.com/ brgulker

    "Beware of in-app purchases..."

    Freemium is getting ridiculous. What's so wrong with a limited trial version and paid full version?

  • MS Kati

    The darked out foreground and colorful background graphics HAS been applied to a space shooter before, Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet.

  • Ping Ling

    No WTF section??? WTF???

  • AND

    Video showing some new games: http://youtu.be/wNsvBR3lyzk

  • Cody

    There is not 41...