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It simply wouldn't be a new month without a new roundup of the top apps and games from the previous month. We've already gone over last month's very best apps - so what about games? There were plenty of new games to choose from last month, but a few really stood apart. We've compiled a short list once again of the very best games sure to enhance any Android user's catalog. Without further ado, let's get started.

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Type:Rider

Type:Rider is an awesome game. I could stop this segment right there, but there's more to be said. Type:Rider is an immersive, ethereal physics platformer in which you play the two dots of a colon, scooting across iconic letterforms from equally iconic typefaces throughout history. You'll need to solve the game's riddles by collecting nuggets of wisdom about the history of typography and some of its most important figures and milestones.

The game is one of the most well-executed and thoughtful creations I've seen this year, and provides great bite-sized lessons in typographic history that will make you want to collect every possible fact.

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The game is three dollars and change, and absolutely, undoubtedly worth it for anyone who loves chill-out games, flooring visuals, or typography.

Clash of Clans

Clash of Clans, a top-down multiplayer strategy battle game, "stormed" Android last month, bringing the stylized chunky visual appeal existing fans of the game had already grown to love to those running Android. The premise is simple - build your clan and build your village, then turn your village into an impenetrable fortress and defend it against invaders as you climb up the ranks to become the strongest clan out there.

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The game is free-to-play, and carries some IAPs (which can be disabled). Still, it's a very entertaining way to waste some time, and worth checking out.

Plants vs Zombies 2

October was a good month for zombie-centric sequels. Besides Dead Trigger's follow-up, we got Plants vs Zombies 2. This time, you'll defend yards throughout time and space against zombies. The whole game is based around the incredible flimsy pretense of your whacky neighbor losing track of a taco, and traveling through time to find it, but the gameplay is so carefree and easy to pick up that that can be ignored.

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If you were a fan of the original, or just want some nearly mindless pick-up-and-play action, you'll like PvZ2.

Star Command

Star Command is a game that boasts "no in app purchase roadblocks," a pixel-centric art style, and the ability to build your dream space ship. In the game, you're tasked with managing an ever-growing starship, while dealing with "strange and annoying" alien civilizations in the unknown depths of space. Your ship can focus on specific strengths like tactics, science, or engineering, but you'll still need to defend from invading aliens.

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The game is $2.99, but definitely worth it considering its refusal to rely on IAPs. Hit the widget below and start building your ship.

Fist of Awesome

Fist of Awesome, a game from I Fight Bears, is - as you might guess from the title - centered around an awesome fist. That fist belongs to Tim Burr, a man whose family disappeared after his house spontaneously burst into flames. As if that weren't bad enough, Tim soon finds that the world is now controlled by bears. Yes, bears.

Of course, the next logical plot point is that Tim's fist takes on a mind of its own, and begins a quest through space and time to defeat the bears and restore order to the world.

With charming pixel-based visuals and gameplay that's easy to pick up and play for a few minutes at a time, Fist of Awesome is largely a winner.

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The developers describe Fist of Awesome as a "heartfelt love-letter to golden classics like Double Dragon, Streets of Rage, and Final Fight," and indeed, thumbprints of the classics can be felt here.

If you want a classic-inspired brawler that's as fun to look at as it is to play, you'll need only to plop down $3.99 in the Play Store.

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Final Thoughts

Any of the above games would make great additions to your library, but if none of them suit your tastes, don't worry! We'll be back soon with one of our larger semi-weekly roundups with plenty more options to bring back the vitality of your mobile gaming collection.

Liam Spradlin
Liam loves Android, design, user experience, and travel. He doesn't love ill-proportioned letter forms, advertisements made entirely of stock photography, and writing biographical snippets.

  • Brad

    Plants vs Zombies 2 quickly devolves into "pay me for this game". Faster than the review led me to believe...

    • Dheeraj Chowdary Nekkanti

      Actually, I've been playing for weeks now, and I'm very very satisfied! :D I haven't felt the need to pay at all!

      • Brad

        Once I got to the second round of the pirate level it felt like they were pushing hard to get you to buy stars...

  • Andrés

    I hate how the games are not directly linked.

    • Bradley Ruiz

      Click on the install button

      • Andrés

        I see what the problem is, I have blocked almost all of the tenths of scripts running and I didn't do so for the new one. Thanks.

  • Chris

    Google Play links?

  • Carlos Parga

    So, after two hours of not so joyful struggle, in a desperate shout for help, I ask to our collective knowledge.

    I'm looking for a game with similar atmosphere and gameplay to URU: Ages beyond Myst, but have failed to find it thus far. I remembered seeing it in the Play Store for $3.00 --or so. It's not your traditional bidimensional click and point game, but a fully fledged tridimensional and extensive world.

    Do any of you know of a game that matches this small criterion?

    Hope you can help me since Play Store has flustered all my tries.

    Thanks.
    :)

    • MyLeftNut

      You're best bet if you want adventure games of that kind and are rooted, is to use an emulator. I'm not overly fond of playing games with touch screen controls (casual games are fine) but point and click adventure games are excellent on touch screens. If you only want play store games try Yesterday. It's a fun albeit short little adventure game.

    • Riana Eiren

      I loved Uru too -- I was Ri'ana there. I looked for Myst and didn't find it, but I did find these:

      5 of 5 stars
      Cryptic Caverns, Cryptic Keep, Cryptic Kingdoms, and Cryptic Cosmos by 3D Methods. The graphics are passable but the stories are superb and the puzzles are excellent and varied. Each game is stand-alone but they do build on each other and in the above sequence they improved their UI and game mechanics with time. This is a Dev I'll be watching to collect all their stuff. I played all four one right after the other-- I couldn't put them down!

      5 of 5 stars
      Another awesome series is Tesla's Electric Mist 1, 2, & 3, by ICoolGeeks. The first game is free so you can try it. Great graphics, excellent puzzles, fun story. I hope they produce more.

      4 of 5 stars
      Another great Dev is Fire Maple Games, who offers The Lost City, Escape From Grisly Manor, and their newest offering, The Adventures of Mosaika. They have pretty graphics with first person view and maps of scenes which aid in solving some of the intricate multi-scene puzzles, and the stories are intriguing. I've played the first two and just got the third.

      5 of 5 stars
      "The Room" has mostly background story, but it has some of the most beautiful graphics I've ever seen and some of the most intricate puzzles. Its story is mysterious and intriguing as well. It just got a free update epilogue with more puzzles and is expecting a sequel soon. I'm looking forward to it.

      Varied; mentioned are 3 of 5 and 4 of 5
      Blue Fish makes a lot of games that are of mixed value. Some are very depressing and seem to mainly consist of hidden objects, but there are a few good ones and you can try them free. Haunted Hotel 3: Lonely Dream is a pretty good one, and Alabama Smith seems pretty good too, though I haven't finished it yet.

      3 of 5 stars
      Elansar has pretty scenery but not-great graphics. It's a first person adventure, but it's short, puzzles are fairly simple, and the ending is strange.

      4 of 5 stars
      The Mystery of Lost Town by Magic Frame Studios
      Nice graphics, fairly simple story but excellent and logical puzzles. You can figure out everything by yourself just tapping everything and putting together clues. If you feel you've reached a dead end, looking around again and thinking about what you've seen gets you unstuck without outside aid.

      I also plan to try:
      The Time Machine
      Chronos: Salvation by Magic Frame Studios
      The Mystery of Scull "
      The Mystery of the Dream "
      Escape from LaVille
      Yopaz Icestar
      Atlantis Quest
      Twisted Lands (and others) by Alaware Entertainment
      Urbex by Psionic Games

      Atmosfear looks interesting but apparently needs some fixes.

      I was thinking of trying to add to this list, but I think I'll go ahead and post it now so you'll have something to play and maybe you and others will find things linked to these that you could post too! If you guys find anything cool, please post it.

  • pepcok

    I should stop reading your articles.. every time I read something like this I leave money in the Play Store, buying something I have no time for.. LOL good job!

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  • Deano

    I swear that this blog is payed by EA to post about Plants vs Zombies 2.

    • yeahman45

      you don't like Plants vs zombies 2???

  • DrM

    You've got Move twice in the runner-ups.
    It is a cool game :)

  • GraveUypo

    i like that dead trigger 2 didn't make into the list.
    not only it's ironic because that's the most hyped android game ever, but because the game REALLY doesn't deserve to be in the list because it fucking sucks.

    • https://plus.google.com/108596272537415356460/posts Jason Farrell

      Can I upgrade my upvote for 300 IAP Gold?

      • Dheeraj Chowdary Nekkanti

        IAP = In-Android-Police? :D

  • steelew

    Giant boulder of death is awesome too!

  • Funem

    Arc squadron is extremely underated. I have nearly completed the game and have not felt the urge or need to purchase anything at all, other than me wanting to support the devs and the game was free. The graphics sound and controls are awesome on the Nexus 7 2013, its one of the most polished mobile games I have played in some time.

    Like others I am beginning to think EA are paying you to write these articles. Plants vs zombies is a great game but its IAP's are so in your face and your progress is hindered because of it.

  • Dag Nasty

    I've been having a blast with Ittle Dew

  • nicholasosu330

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  • ginobili

    My favorite was
    Marvel Puzzle Quest Dark Reign

    I just can't stop playing.

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