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Last Updated: January 1st, 2014

You’re a cute, gun-toting, mildly suicidal blob huddled in the only light amidst the darkness. You’ve got an endless stream of huge, hairy monsters barreling in, intent on abducting you and your kind. Your fate is sealed, it’s hopeless...

That’s the setting of Hopeless: The Dark Cave, a new survival-horror by Upopa Games. Your sole task is to help these innocent looking critters stay alive by shooting down their aggressors before they can get their claws into those little marshmallow-like bodies.

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The game is played by tapping on the screen to deliver a killshot to the villainous beasts. Quick reflexes are required as both friend and foe will come rushing out of the darkness towards your group. Of course, you’ve got to be careful not to put a bullet into your brothers-in-arms as they attempt to join you. Too many shots fired too quickly or too many allies killed before they reach your circle can demoralize your team to the point of suicide, prompting them to turn their guns on themselves and take the easy way out...which is kind of hilarious, in a morbid way.

You’re playing for points which are earned whenever you kill a monster or another blob successfully joins the group. If your squad gets large enough, the majority will be beamed to safety as one lone gunman remains behind to search for more allies. As time progresses, the hordes of attackers will come in faster and in larger numbers, eventually overwhelming you and ending the game.

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You can link up to Facebook to match scores with your friends, but sadly, there’s no Google+ integration. If you feel the need, there are In-App Purchases available that give you extra blobs to instantly bolster your group’s numbers during play. This is useful for beating your friends’ high scores, but it really won’t reduce the challenge or meaningfully change how you play. In other words, the IAPs are totally unnecessary to enjoy the game to its fullest.

Hopeless: The Dark Cave blends cute graphics with a survival horror theme and a healthy dose of dark comedy; even the exit screen mocks you by asking if you’re afraid of the dark. Gameplay is a bit limited in the current version, but more modes and features are planned for future updates. Let's hope for some fully automatic weapons in the future.

Hopeless is free in the Play Store and quite a bit of fun, give it a try!

Cody Toombs
Cody is a Software Engineer and Writer with a mildly overwhelming obsession with smartphones and the mobile world. If he’s been pulled away from the computer for any length of time, you might find him talking about cocktails and movies, sometimes resulting in the consumption of both.

  • Rehan Ahmed

    Looks fun, but link is broken or Play Store is having problems. Says "Not Found" when I click the Play Store link...

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/cody-toombs/ Cody Toombs

      Whoops, fixed. Thanks!

      • Rehan Ahmed

        Awesome, it's working now! That was real fast officer... (Y)

  • Jadephyre

    Guys, you need to remove the " from the package name in the link.
    Doing so makes the link work again.

    About the game: it certainly looks like a fun little time-waster, i'll try it :)

  • João Pardinha
  • nvillaco

    Looks like a good game, especially for AMOLED screens cause that black darkness theoretically should be extra black cause the screen would literally be off. If you wanted to get really into it, u could even play in a pitch black room and the screen wouldn't light up the area for true immersive gameplay. You could pretend your room was a dark cave and everything. Then, both your game of choice and social life would be Hopeless. get it?

    • ginobili1

      You sir! Just made my day.

    • Kashmieer

      I was like ''Is he serious?!?'' till the ending. lol

    • Jonathan Zelayandia

      well played

  • CERN

    +1

  • Michael Ward

    An android exclusive!?!? LOVING IT!

    • ginobili1

      The trailer shows App Store only! So I guess it was released there before coming to Android.

      • Leonardo Farage Freitas

        The trailer showed "Soon on the Iphone / App Store".. guess you read it wrong

        • ginobili1

          Oh my bad! Apologies.

          • Leonardo Farage Freitas

            Don't you ever do that again! :P

  • Annoyed User

    Why does AP capitalize every first letter in their article titles? You know how many times I confuse an app name with the rest of the title? Hurts my eyes.

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