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Last Updated: November 11th, 2013

Welcome to the latest entry in our Bonus Round series, wherein we tell you all about the new Android games of the day that we couldn't get to during our regular news rounds. Consider this a quick update for the dedicated gamers who can't wait for our bi-weekly roundups, and don't want to wade through a whole day's worth of news just to get their pixelated fix. Today we've got a shameless Zelda clone, a mix of god games and Minecraft, an adorable adventure game starring bloodthirsty monster, and an endless runner-gunner. Without further ado:

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Ittle Dew

I'll give you three guesses as to what mega gaming franchise Ittle Dew is riffing on, but you're only going to need one. Yup, it's a tongue-in-cheek Zelda spoof, but it looks like it gets the soul of the old 2D games down - exploration, sneaky puzzles, slowly-building game mechanics. The trailer shows off some pretty spot-on humor as well, and the 2d graphics look fantastic. Give it a shot if you're a Zelda fan, because it's probably the only version of Hyrule you'll get without an emulator.

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Adventuress Ittle Dew and her sidekick Tippsie crash onto a strange island, filled with loot and mysterious inhabitants. It quickly dawns on the duo that this might become their biggest adventure yet. Ittle Dew boils down the classic adventure formula until there is only fun left. Experience devious puzzles, timeless gameplay and lots of exploration!

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Promised Lands

Promised lands is halfway between god games like Sim City and crafting games like Minecraft (and all the games that shamelessly copy Minecraft). The only objective is to combine the various elemental tiles to build a tiny two-dimensional world, placing and mixing resources and experimenting to find new ones. It's a zen game with more creativity and open-ended mechanics than most, but if you're looking for excitement, keep looking. This is perfect for killing time while you watch something else.

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Combining the addictive match-three gameplay together with a settlers-like resource system, GLHF Games brings, Promised Lands. It is your job as the creator to build a world no one has ever seen before.

Features:
- Over 30 different tiles
- 7 types of resources
- Build your own world, just as you like
- Very easy to grasp, hard to master
- Share you're world with friends

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Monster Loves You!

An adventure game where you play as a bloodthirsty monster? I am so in! Okay, technically you can be benevolent (if you've ever wanted to role play as Grover from Sesame Street, I guess), but when the central point of the game is a conflict between monsters and humans, who's going to pick the one where you're not eating helpless townspeople? The art is interesting and quirky, but at the end of the day Monster Loves You probably could have been played as a text-only game.

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Devour Hansel and Gretel. Save Little Red Riding Hood. Eat the Three Little Pigs. Monster Loves You! is an interactive story where you live the life of a Monster, making decisions about what to eat and how to steer the future of Monsterkind. What do you do when three angry bears discover a child in their cabin? Or when you spy a wolf hunting down a young woman? As a Monsterling, your choices are simple ones. But all youngins must grow up and make tougher decisions.

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Sketchman

You know the drill: run! Jump! Shoot all the things! This endless runner with a pen-and-paper aesthetic actually looks better than most of the games that use the style - it's Sketchman, not Stickman, after all. And Miniclip is known for solid titles, including the Gravity Guy series. This is still a very basic concept, but the two-button gameplay is simple and the visuals are nice. As with most endless runners these days, it's pretty heavy on the in-app purchase push for upgrades and weapons.

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Lookout evil doers, Sketchman is here! Jump, double jump, glide and shoot your way through hordes of enemies and hazards in this new exciting runner!

• Crazy doodle art!
• 6 weapons with more to come on future updates
• Fast paced gameplay
• Loads of missions to complete and earn coins
• Classic boss fights

Be the man! Be the Sketchman!

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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.
  • Gabernasher

    Promised Lands has some of the most annoying ads I've seen in a while.

    • Filipe
    • Niels Uiterwijk

      Hi, i am sorry for the ad placement. You can buy the game to remove advertisement, it costs around 2 euro's to remove them or you could use the ad blocker if you dont have a payment option available. In an upcoming patch i have changed the advertisement logic so it is less annoying. Sorry for the inconvience!

  • raindog469

    Geez, I've been waiting to spend $15 on Ittle Dew when the Linux version hits the Humble Bundle store, but $3 to play it on any of my 5 Android devices? Sold! Er, as long as the control scheme isn't too bad.

  • HJ

    That Promised Lands game looks an awful lot like this guy's game: http://ishisoft.com/archives/884 Just sayin'.

    • Todd Yates

      Promised Lands has just been removed from Play for this very reason. A friend of the original author mentioned it today on a forum I read.