Just in time to help you unwind after a few days with the family, Badland has arrived in Google Play with a ton of free content. This is an atmospheric side-scrolling game that has some action elements along with a little dash of platforming. It's also incredibly pretty.

In Badland you simply press on the screen to make your little fuzz-ball character flap its... wings? It's not entirely clear what this thing is, but it's definitely flying. All you have to do is make it through the level as the screen steadily advances. Along the way, you'll encounter objects that make you larger or smaller, thus changing the game mechanics dramatically.

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The visuals are amazing in this title. All the obstacles in the foreground are crisp black silhouettes against the vibrant multi-layered backgrounds. The animations and physics also feel very fluid in Badland. Just from initial impressions, this seems like a killer game.

You can play the first 40 levels for free, but the next 40 have to be unlocked with an in-app purchase. If you only want the levels, that's $1.99. You can also just unlock the multiplayer pack for $1.99. Or just get everything for $2.99. All purchases also remove ads, but I haven't seen any yet.

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

He's the author of a sci-fi novel called The Crooked City, which is available on Amazon and Google Play. http://goo.gl/WQIXBM

  • Kashmieer

    Dat trailer...

    • Ray

      I think that's one of the coolest trailers I've ever seen.

    • Branimir Matković

      Leviathan: Warships trialer is the best hands down

    • Bill Clay

      Another Limbo clone.

      • dontsh00tmesanta

        Limbo would've been great

      • http://www.davidjmclare.com/ David Clare

        Totally different actually.

  • Trevor Beckett

    Awesome news! Such a fantastic game.

  • BeggarBoy

    Game looks great, but something is driving me nuts: What movie also had a thundering horn sound like this game? I want to say one of the Alien films, but I'm not sure.... My mind won't rest until I remember!

    • Michał Ostrowski


      • BeggarBoy

        Thanks, but I just realized I was thinking of Speilberg's War of the Worlds.

        • Robert Landrum

          Shit. Didn't see you found out. lol

    • Shane

      First, Inception. Then every other other dramatic action movie made after that.

      • BeggarBoy

        Thanks for your answer, but I just realized I was thinking of Speilberg's War of the Worlds.

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

      iirc the Promethieus movie and/or trailer had that thunderous tuba sound too. It's also a sound effect used in the "Star Command" android game as you fly between planets/galaxies.

    • Robert Landrum
  • Thomas’

    Lovely game!

  • https://plus.google.com/106261148188435264925/about Aaron Echols

    That is one gruesome game. Won't be playing that one...

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

      There's no blood. My 4-year-old loves it.

      • https://plus.google.com/106261148188435264925/about Aaron Echols

        It doesn't have to have blood, there is dismemberment, etc. It's very gruesome...

        • RyanWhitwam

          The world must be a phenomenally horrifying place for you.

          • https://plus.google.com/106261148188435264925/about Aaron Echols

            Not at all, I'm just not going to play it. ;)

          • Mihai

            I heard Sesame Street is on, that might be more to your liking.

    • Ryuuie

      Well, the trailer IS kinda creepy but eh. It's no horror movie or anything. It's pretty much Super Meat Boy in terms of "gruesomeness".

  • dancedroid

    i only watched like 5 seconds of the trailer and was already clicking install. that was easy

  • Ryan

    After already playing through LIMBO on xbox and beating it, I haven't been able to inspire myself to play any of the mobile clones. cool concept though.

    If someone could make a decent sidescroller platformer that found a way to work with touch screen controls, that's be awesome.

    About the best I've played so far is "They Need to be Fed" 1 & 2.

    • Kevin Turabian

      Rayman jungle run is probably the best side scrolling platformer I've played. Gameplay is varied enough and the level design is awesome.

  • Ryuuie

    The first *40* levels are playable without payment??

    That alone is enough to make me want to buy it.

    • dobbsy

      I played a handful of levels and it started nagging me to pay or watch ads. Nice enough game but the payment says, "pay for day ii". Um, so it's gonna want another 4 bucks every "day"? No thanks.

      • Ryuuie

        Considering you can just pay $2.99 and unlock everything, no one knows if that's what you have to do or not.

        Either way, who cares?

        You pay $3.00 every what...6 months in real time to play more of a game? OH noooo. Supporting developers is BAD BAD BAD on Android.


        Also, it's not $4, it's $1.99 (aka "$2"). Is it that difficult for you to shell out $2 - $3 for something you like and to support people?

        • dobbsy

          First off, I never said they were bad developers. I said it's unclear what you're getting when you pay. The pop up I got after playing SEVEN levels (not 40) said, "Unlock Day II". This was after playing for, what 10 minutes?

          I have no idea what "day ii" means. Did I just finish day one? Is day two also 7 levels? If not, how many levels is it? If yes, how many more days am I gonna have to pay to unlock? Etc. I have no idea -- all I've been given is the option of paying or looking at ads. I clicked "no" and was presented with a 20 to 30 second ad--with audio! I closed the app immediately.

          Was the game fun? Sure. Do I want to keep paying over and over every time I get to the end of a "day". No. If the screen had said "Unlock everything for $2, I would have done it." It didn't though. If the developer had made a free version and then a full version for $2 purchase option I would have tried it and upgraded, but they didn't. I've played very few IAP games -- I tried Candy Crush the other day and every five minutes it asked me for more money, all of which I declined until it became unbearable so I deleted it. However, if I could just buy the damn game for $2, I would have but this new IAP standard is just plain annoying.

          Also, BADLANDS gave me the pricing options of $4.21 and $2.81. Not everyone is in America, just because you seem to think they are.

          • Ryuuie

            Ok, so what you're saying is that you are not willing to pay $4.21 or $2.81 to support a game you had fun with then?

            You don't know what "Day II" is? Did you look at the game's menu or just randomly jump in and not look around first? The game is clearly broken up into levels or "Days". "Level 1" (or "Day I") is the first, free part. Yes, there are levels in the game, but they're pretty much sub-levels.

            The game has a total of two levels, and 80 "sub-levels", for right now. Why does this bother you?

            Day I is 40 sub levels, you are allowed to play all 40 sub-levels. You just got nagged at 7. Not exactly sure why it's making you so irrationally upset though.

            The ARTICLE says you can unlock everything for a slightly larger price...did you read it or just go "Ooh, new game!" and then just download?

            I'm serious here...did you read this article or do any research before blindly downloading? Because it sounds like that's why you're so confused.

  • Bob Hart

    Has anyone read this company's privacy policy?

  • TareX

    That looks beautiful... and slightly... impossible to beat?

  • Guest

    Woah!This game is so freaking awesome! Love the beautiful level design.

  • Anand Muralidhar

    Woah!This game is so freaking awesome! Love the beautiful level design

  • yash1229

    IAPs suck. :/

    • Paul Klinger

      This is basically just a (very long) demo and then the option to buy the full game. The maximum you can spend on the game is 3$. I feel like this is the perfect business model for apps.

  • https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=iWizard Bikram Agarwal

    Had first seen it when it was free on iOS. Free, as in, ALL levels unlocked. Instant download. One of the best casual games ever.

  • Karan O

    yeaaahhhhhh finally i loved this game soooo much i hope it has that multiplayer mode for tablets too! i always wanted this !

  • DJTEN23

    What, no one has compared this to LocoRoco from the PSP? And that's not an insult, because that's one of the most fun portable games I've ever played.

    • Al McDowall

      Yeah, certainly brings to mind LocoRoco. Now THOSE games should really be released on Android! Patapong could be done as well....

  • Jaybuz

    Awesome game. They've just added support for KitKat's immersive full screen mode!

  • Al McDowall

    Brilliant game, much more involved in it than you might suspect. Also (and this is a HUGE plus for me) it can be played on a TV (ie with a mouse/touchpad as opposed to the touch screen). Beautifully made, fun and challenging. Excellent excellent game!

  • http://www.gahe.co/ Gahe

    The initial feeling is that it is very interesting, and the later discovery will help us verify what it is like.

  • fzammetti

    I agree that it's a gorgeous game... and I bought it and I like it a lot. But, it's a little funny to me that when you get down to it, it's essentially the same basic game as Copter: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.teamsoft.copter

    Amazing how much difference a fresh coat of paint makes :)

    • runderekrun

      At first maybe. Later on it is much more involved then copter.

      • fzammetti

        Ok cool, I haven't played it for too long... though I should mention that I was making the comparison to Copter in a positive light because Copter is one of my go-to games... simple mechanics but always fun, which was my initial impression of Badland. If you say there's more to it as you get further than so much the better :)

  • KrisDiss

    An AppStore ad on an article about PlayStore availability of the game? Wow!