- Featured App
- Race Illegal: High Speed 3D
- FINAL FANTASY VI
- ETERNITY WARRIORS 3
- Bentley's Hackpack™
- Hello Kitty Tap and Run
- Fractal Combat X (Premium)
- Tank Riders 2
- Naught 2
- Bad Hotel
- Magic Rampage
- FRS Ski Cross
- Galaxy Factions
- GA9: Sultans of Rema
- Small Fry
- Myth Defense 2: DF
- Title Bout Boxing 2013
- Shuttle Scuttle
- Demolition Duke
- Ferris Mueller's Day Off
- Rube Works: Rube Goldberg Game
- Neon Beat
- Need for Speed(TM) Network
- WTF Game(s) Of The Week
- Buttcrack Jones
- Sir Hoppity
- Know A Worthy New App? Let Us Know!
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Race Illegal: High Speed 3D
Today's roundup is presented by Race Illegal: High Speed 3D from HeroCraft. HeroCraft's latest racer seems to take its inspiration from that arcade staple, Cruis'n USA. It's got the same exaggerated car designs, the same cartoony physics, and the same focus on speed above all else. But it's also deeper than your standard arcade racer, with tuning and customization, an online leaderboard, and even an integrated story mode.
The smell of freshly burnt rubber on tarmac, the feel of the soft leather in your hands, the sound of engines roaring and crowds cheering, open your eyes and experience racing in its purest form, get ready to take to the streets in Race Illegal. Finally the true street racing experience has arrived on your phone. Starting your career as a rookie; you need to earn respect out there before you can challenge the best, work your way through an intense and engaging storyline to prove yourself top dog.
FINAL FANTASY VI
Android Police coverage: [New Game] Square Enix Releases Final Fantasy VI On Android
Square is fast running out of classic RPGs to port over to Android - before long, they'll have to start releasing some of the crappy modern ones. All kidding aside, Final Fantasy VI is considered one of the best Super Nintendo-era role playing games, and those who fondly remember it or want a history lesson can now have it on their phones. That lesson won't come cheap: like most of Square Enix's re-releases, this one is $16.
FINAL FANTASY VI first debuted in 1994 as the sixth installment in the iconic FINAL FANTASY series. Innovations included the ability to play all the main characters as the game's protagonist, and to this day, its epic story intertwining each of their fates is still highly rated and wildly popular. The characters' dramatic performances are also highly rated, including the catastrophe occurring midway through, which delivers a particular emotional jolt to players.
ETERNITY WARRIORS 3
Android Police coverage: [New Game] Glu's Eternity Warriors 3 Beckons Fans Back For Another Bout Of Dungeon Crawling
Like horror movies, action games tend to soldier on through sequels whether they're really necessary or not. So it is with Glu's Eternity Warrior series, here again for another go-round of impressive graphics and in-app purchases at every corner. The lore has been impressively expanded, and you get more playable characters and some asynchronous multiplayer via tournaments, but it's safe to say that if you didn't like the two previous titles you won't like this one. Hungry for innumerable amounts of hacking, slashing, and looting? Then crawl on.
The most acclaimed action/RPG game returns with 3x the Heroes, 3x the Dungeons and 3x the Loot. As the last Demon Tower fell, the people of Northern Udar cheered their new hero. Their cheers, however, were short lived. Corrupted by demon magic, the last of the great Dragons unleashed a horrible evil upon the world by unsealing the Eternity Sword. Mawzok'Kahl, Lord of Hell, self-proclaimed Heir to the World, sets his sights on the kingdoms of Udar. And as suddenly as it came, it seems as though peace in Northern Udar has once again been snuffed out.
Android Police coverage: [New Game] Dungeon Crawler Archangel Is Inspired By Diablo And Powered By Unity
Archangel is a tech demo masquerading as a full game. It's the first "core" title commissioned and released by the makers of the Unity game engine, and presumably, it's specifically designed to show off those 3D features. The gameplay itself is your basic Diablo clone, but that doesn't mean it's completely devoid of new ideas. Special attacks are activated with gesture-based touch actions, which wouldn't be possible with a standard controller. The game is $2 plus in-app purchases.
The forces of evil are mobilizing in defiance of heavenly rule. As an Archangel your task is not merely to halt their rise – you must inflict a justice so brutal and uncompromising that none will ever again defy the will of Heaven. Black Tower Studios and Unity Games conjure visceral action tailored for touch in this epic clash between good and evil. Requires up to 400MB of free space to download. Supported devices mentioned below.
It might not be that obvious from the screenshots, but Bentley's Hackpack is a tie-in for Sony's latest Sly Cooper platformer that was originally released as a PlayStation download. The setting is an arcade where you play various minigames. All three are pretty basic top-down affairs, and you'll need to pay three bucks to unlock the full game, but if you're a fan of the console title you'll probably find a lot to like.
When he’s not planning his next heist or tracking criminals across time, Sly Cooper likes to hang out with his pals in Bentley’s arcade. As well as being a gadget guru and master hacker, trusty sidekick Bentley is also a whizz at designing videogames – and you can try your hand at three of his creations with Bentley’s Hackpack.
- Spark Runner: navigate an electric spark through each course, collecting pickups as you go.
- Alter Ego: fly through maze-like stages and let rip in this classic side-scrolling shooter.
- System Cracker: collect items and destroy enemies as you steer your tank to each docking gate.
Hello Kitty Tap and Run
I'm not at all surprised that there's a Hello Kitty game for Android - in fact, I'm surprised it took this long. Though Namco decided to go with a basic endless runner formula, at least Ms. Kitty comes by the 8-bit style honestly: she's been around for almost 40 years. Tap And Run does feature some unique gameplay elements, including a party system for multiple running Kittys, and a heath bar instead of instant death. The usual costumes, powerups, and in-app purchases also make obligatory appearances.
"Hello Kitty Tap and Run" is a casual action game that's way too cute. Watch adorable 8-bit Hello Kitty Toys scamper around the Hello Kitty world. Controls are easy. All you have to do is tap the screen. There are “Warrior Kitty" and “Mage Kitty," who are huge stars in the game. There are also "Pop Singer Kitty" and even "Otaku Kitty," as well as many more Hello Kitty Toy characters only available in this game. Keep playing through the stages and you will even encounter giant Kitties.
A shameless and lazy remake of a classic movie wouldn't be complete without a shameless and lazy mobile cash-in game. Maybe that's not fair: Glu's mobile game for the upcoming RoboCop looks fantastic, at least technically, and the near future style of the movie is present. But look beneath that glossy exterior and you'll see a basic cover shooter. Throw in Glu's usual heavy-handed in-app purchase system, and you might want to sit this one out.
Welcome to the official game of RoboCop the movie. In 2028 Detroit, when Alex Murphy, a loving husband, father and good cop is critically injured in the line of duty, the multinational conglomerate OmniCorp sees their chance for a part-man, part-robot police officer. Join the OmniCorp program to become RoboCop, the ultimate law enforcement officer. Battle human crooks, robot enemies and learn how to defend the citizens from the corrupt streets of Detroit.
Fractal Combat X (Premium)
Flight simulators are pretty tough to pull off on touchscreens, so those that make it to the Play Store tend to go for the casual approach, fitting in somewhere between Wing Commander and Space Harrier. So it is with Fractal Combat X, which takes a "day after tomorrow" scifi approach to its planes and weaponry. You've got six combat areas to choose between, a handful of planes, two control schemes, and Google Play Services. The full version of the game is a reasonable $2, but there's also a free demo.
Fractal Combat X is an action-packed flight combat game, sporting top notch 3D graphics and a progressively intense gameplay!
- Exciting fast-paced arcade flight combat action
- Top notch 3D graphics
- 6 unique gorgeous fractal landscapes
- Dozens of missions
- Epic sound tracks
- Selectable Arcade and Simulator controls
- Google Services: Leaderboards, Achievements, Cloud Save
Tank Riders 2
Polarbit's first Tank Riders was well-received, so they're back with a sequel to the original top-down, twin stick shooter. You and your tiny killing machine will tread through sixty levels filled with a variety of enemies and obstacles, shooting everything that moves and most things that don't. Tank Riders 2 is single player only, but it includes support for the most popular game pads like SHIELD, MOGA, and the Xperia Play, along with in-app purchases.
The hills are alive with the sound of mortars… Enemy forces are swarming across our borders, and their nefarious fleet of tanks is everywhere. You can’t so much as kick a rock without a 120mm muzzle poking out at you from underneath. Time to mount up, buckle down and grease your guns, as the 153rd Tiny Tank battalion faces its toughest challenge yet!
- 50 increasingly tricky & taxing levels, with many more on the way
- Range of sinister enemy types requiring different strategies to overcome
- Varied mission types and objectives, including Invasion, Escort and Collector
- 6 beautiful environments, including Arctic, Desert and Caves
- Gamepad support, including MOGA (HID), NVIDIA Shield, Xperia Play and more
Impressive, stylish visuals and unique platforming elements are the order of the day with Naught 2, which builds and expands on the original. You're given limited control over gravity (or at least orientation) as you guide your sneaky cat character through a spooky underground world, defeating huge Lovecraftian monsters and solving puzzles. The game gives players the option of accelerometer controls or on-screen buttons.
Play with gravity to guide Naught through a mysterious underground world where darkness is a relentless enemy that takes many forms. Naught 2 is an adventure and platform game that challenges your skills giving you full control of Naught and his environment. Not only has Naught's world been completely redesigned to create more interactive and detailed environments, it includes new features that enhance the gameplay and reinvent platform game style.
Bad Hotel made quite a splash when it landed on iOS more than a year ago, thanks to its unconventional play style and trippy visuals. Basically it's a tower defense game, but that doesn't really describe half of the experience. You manage a failing hotel that's being actively demolished, trying to get the most amount of money out of your guests before the building is destroyed. Room placement and overall building shape will affect the actively-generated music as you play.
Lucky Frame finally brings their crazy musical game creation to Android: Bad Hotel. An insane hybrid of tower defense and procedural music, with beautiful art and tons of bullets. You are a budding entrepreneur, whose hotel is rather unfortunately located within the territory of Tarnation Tadstock, the Texas Tyrant. Your only defense against Tadstock’s army of seagulls, rats, yetis, and more is to build your hotel as quickly and intelligently as possible, using an array of increasingly sophisticated weapons.
If you're in the mood for a little Castlevania nostalgia, then Magic Rampage is happy to oblige you. This side-scrolling action/RPG hybrid uses familiar platforming and battle elements, and anyone who's ever taken down Ridley or Dracula in 16 glorious bits will feel right at home. It's also got some pretty respectable pixel art, a few physics elements, and a collection of costumes/characters to keep you happy.
From the creators of Magic Portals, Magic Rampage is an addictive platformer that combines the action-RPG genre with hack 'n' slash gameplay! A tribute to the "Metroidvania" style!
- Customize your own character
- Dozens of lethal weapons, from knives to magical staffs
- Integrated with Google Play Game's services
- Explore dungeons filled with threatening creatures
- Fast and fluid controls
- Deep and engaging combat mechanics
- Collect new weapons and armor for your characters
- Loot all the gold you can carry
- Many obstacles and secret areas to explore
- Physics-based puzzles
FRS Ski Cross
As the Winter Olympics and unavoidable Yakov Smirnoff jokes creep ever closer, we're seeing more and more winter sports games land in the Play Store. FRS Ski Cross is visually impressive, which isn't surprising, since it's published by the makers of the Unity game engine. Unfortunately it looks like little more than a tech demo, with simple controls, short races, and no real multiplayer. Shoehorned in-app purchases don't help. It might be worth a download for the Olympics-obsessed kid in your minivan.
Prove to your winter sports loving friends that you are the fastest downhill skier on the mountain! From the creative producers behind SSX Tricky and Skate, FRS Ski Cross is the fastest and most visually stunning downhill skiing game on Android devices. With over 50 high speed downhill slopes packed with exhilarating jumps and perilous turns, you can select over 250 in game items including authentic gear from Head and Volkl.
Galaxy Factions wears its inspiration on its sleeve: it's a shrunken-down, touch-friendly version of Starcraft. You've got base building, resource gathering, unit management, all the staples of the real-time strategy genre, plus a few LoL-inspired hero units to make things interesting. Galaxy Factions plays it fast and loose with the source material - one of your heroes is a T-Rex in space marine armor - and it includes both a single-player campaign and online multiplayer. The game is free with currency-based in-app purchases.
Dominate the galaxy in an exciting new real-time strategy experience, Galaxy Factions! Gather resources and loot equipment to build your simple space station into a massive fortress while you muster an army, recruit special Heroes with unique abilities, and destroy your enemies. Make alliances to bolster your forces and conquer even more, but beware—your friends may be waiting for the right moment to strike…
GA9: Sultans of Rema
It's been a while since Tin Man Games graced us with another one of their RPG game books, but Sultans of Rema seems to have been worth the wait. Written by notable gamebook author Gaetano Abbondanza and designed with full-color illustrations, Sultans of Rema follows the protagonist through an Arabian Nights-style plot of intrigue and danger, as told via dice and hit points. Like all of Tin Man's titles, it's expensive, but worth it for devotees of the genre.
The official sequel to Slaves of Rema is HERE. Your return to Rema takes you further to the east, to the City-State of Callae, renowned throughout the world as a city of great learning. Your final destination is the Emirates of Akbir, ruled by a sick Emir who has remained neutral to Orlandes’ political leanings over the years. His successor threatens to send that relationship into turmoil. You must secretly enter a harsh desert world of political power struggles and strange magics to ensure that the future of both Rema and Orlandes!
Noodlecake knows how to make a solid casual game, and Small Fry is the latest in their lineup. Ostensibly an endless runner, the game actually has you swimming away from an ever-present shark on the hunt for fish without chips. Small Fry uses the familiar one-button control scheme for up and down movement, and the simple 2D graphics make for an engaging romp beneath and above the waters.
The chase is on! Swim for your life as the tiny fish Finley "Small Fry" Fryer in this thrilling and action packed ocean adventure. Swim, jump and even float though space to escape from all the perils of the seven seas. Avoid blazing fast swordfish, electric jellyfish, ink squirting octopuses, asteroids and more. How long can you out-swim the dastardly shark, Wallace "Big Mack" Mackenzie?
Myth Defense 2: DF
Tower defense games are pretty easy to find on the Play Store, but this one features some impressive 2D graphics and lots of shiny effects. The basics are pretty much the same as any tower defense title: build you varying turrets to direct and destroy a variety of creepy, crawly, flappy, snappy, and generally undesirable monsters. The game is free to download in its demo form, but you'll need to shell out a bit of cash ($2.49 during the launch sale) to unlock all 50 levels.
Popular tower defense game is back! Light Forces repulsed the attack of Dark Forces and passed to the offensive. Now you fight on the dark side. Restore the balance between Light and Darkness! Build towers and traps using technologies of Orcs, Goblins and Necromancers. Show your tactical skills combining various towers' effects and using terrain features. Protect the stronghold of the Dark Forces from the onslaught of hostile armies of Light!
Title Bout Boxing 2013
Usually fighting games, including boxing games, come down to either expert timing or button mashing. But Title Bout Boxing isn't especially interested in either - it's closer to a simulator than a fighter, with digital recreations of thousands of "real" boxers with intricate statistics, which you can pit against each other in computer-controlled matches. It's not a conventional fighting game, but fans of the boxing genre and sport should check it out just for the novelty factor.
Essentially, Title Bout is centered around asking, "What if?" The gameplay modes include single bouts, fight cards, single- or double-elimination tournaments that feature as many as 16 boxers, and lengthy bout schedules. There are no career or role-playing options as seen in most sports management sims, although you can input your name and track your wagers on bouts. That can make fight cards a little more interesting, because you begin with a mere $10,000 stake and dreams of Jimmy the Greek grandeur.
If you're looking for a wickedly difficult side-scrolling shoot-em-up, look no further. Shuttle Scuttle looks like it could have stepped out of 1985, complete with pixelated sprites and chiptune music. It's also got the trademark difficulty of the late great 8-bit era, and thankfully, it foregoes any modern accoutrements like advertising or in-app purchases. Two bucks gets you in 32 white-knuckle levels and eight boss battles.
Shuttle Scuttle is a fast-paced, retro-style shooter game with a mission. It's the year 2285 and all is peaceful since the forming of the USSA (United Sol System Alliance). That is until Neptune station reports of unidentified spacecraft approaching. A hostile force is making its way through the Sol system towards Earth. Armed shuttles for asteroid destruction are the only defense crafts available. Seek out and intercept this hostile force before Earth becomes a target!
Mix Angry Birds and a bridge building simulator, and you'll get something like Demolition Duke. (After all, watching those digital bridges break was the most fun part of physics class, right?) You'll use explosives on various crucial points to blow these matchstick buildings, or in some cases, strategically accomplish some interesting tasks. Watch out for falling timber and the usual currency-based in-app purchases.
Demolition Duke invites players to his playground of destruction. In a cartoony 3D world they can try out all of his explosive toys. Players can use them to destroy expertly crafted constructions or they can try to place them carefully to complete various tasks which are waiting for them.
- 17 tools of destruction to unlock and upgrade
- 150 constructions to demolish
- various tasks such as: beat time limit, drop a rag doll on a mattress to complete
- nice 3D cartoony graphics
- 3 distinctive environments: desert, spring meadow and ice field
You've probably heard the phrase "when Hell freezes over." Casual puzzler Devils takes that literally, tasking you with alternately warming or cooling a series of pipes until you manage to send all the demons to... wherever it is that demons go when they die, I suppose. A combination of strategy and twitch skills are necessary. The 2D graphics in the game are charmingly blasphemous, though this free title does include IAP.
When a game mixes action, puzzles, strategy, humor and eye-candy graphics, you've got a hell of adventures. And this is what Devils is all about: fun for all ages. Anytime, anywhere! Give it a try. It's FREE! In Devils, temperature is key: Red Devils hate the Cold and Blue Devils hate the Heat. Give 'em hell to advance through levels and find out hundreds of features and upgrades!
Ferris Mueller's Day Off
Ferris Mueller's Day Off is an adventure game about a man searching for his missing mule. In case you couldn't tell from the title, it's jam-packed with pop culture references and off-beat humor. If you're not a fan of the hand-drawn visual style you'll probably be turned off, but adventure and indie game aficionados will feel right at home. If you can't name five John Hughes movies off the top of your head, you'll probably be a bit lost in this one.
From the creators of Forever Lost which has had over 1 million downloads worldwide! “Life moves pretty fast.” says Ferris Mueller, a barnyard mule. “If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” Ferris Mueller’s Day Off — the latest point’n’click game from the creators of Forever Lost — is all about searching for a mule that is off sick. It’s full to the brim with clever puzzles, interesting characters, colorful locations and puns galore.
Rube Works: Rube Goldberg Game
If you haven't heard of Rube Goldberg, then read up: he's the father of all those intricate and overly complicated physics machines you've seen in movies and cartoons. This game follows the same ideas, tasking you with creating ridiculously complex Mouse Trap-style machines to accomplish simple tasks. Rube Works features some decent 3D graphics and is produced by Goldberg's actual descendants, though how much they actually contributed to the game itself isn't clear.
The first and only official Rube Goldberg puzzle game. Solve everyday problems in Rube’s trademark elaborate style by creating complex and hilarious machines. Is pouring a glass of juice just too straightforward and boring? Try using a jack-in-the-box, magnifying glass, string and a cymbal-wielding friend to achieve your goal. The more creative your solution the better!
Imagine Breakout with a timer, a pulsing soundtrack, and 360 degrees of destructive possibility. That's the gist of Neon Beat, a minimal casual game with bags of old-fashioned style. The core mechanics are simple, but break the right blocks and you'll unlock dramatic power-ups and bigger balls. The challenge comes in timing, not in twitch action, but it should be good for short play sessions.
Neon Beat is a new generation breakout game enhanced with stunning visuals and powerful sound design. A neon ball is running on the frame of your device and its aim point is the center of the screen. The control is very simple, Touch the screen and jump to the center. Your objective is to clear all blocks in time to win the level. It may be looks easy but you’ll face the challenge with 60 different levels. Every 5 levels you’ll face pixel art bosses to clear. Good Luck.
Strata is kind of like a game version of those kid's looms you played with back in grade school. The object is to cover each square on the grid with its necessary color, combining the bars in your limited rows to cover all of them. (Check the video, it makes more sense.) Solid, if simple, graphics and music are included in this unique puzzle game. The $3 game includes hundreds of puzzles, but if that's too rich for your blood, you can try the ad-supported free version.
A truly unique puzzle experience that embraces simplicity, elegance, and challenge. Strata paints a simple yet challenging puzzle game onto a sophisticated canvas of color and sound. Test the limits of your brain by completing complex weaves of color to solve the puzzles. The goal of Strata is to strategically layer colored ribbons to match a pattern. Using forethought and strategy you must sequence your moves correctly.
Have you ever asked yourself, "I wonder how pretentious minimalistic retro games can get?" If so, check out the trailer for Magnetized and try to avoid an involuntary facepalm. That said, it looks like a challenging little platformer, combining extremely basic physics and twitch timing in a manner similar to Slingshot Racing. One-touch controls and a commendable amount of levels rounds out the features.
Magnetized is an abstract physics adventure game, up to 80 levels. Chasing dreams is like walking alone on an endless road, direction is so clear but way too long, trying so hard but no one knows. Is it worth it anymore? Just carry on.
If you enjoy incredibly random battles and simple graphics, then Faif is right up your alley. Basically you've got to make it across the grid and survive, but you have to select five tiles to move forward, only one of which will actually be activated. Powerups and upgrades are focused on boosting your odds of moving to any particular square type. It's still in active development, so pardon the dust.
Faif is a puzzle/rpg game with a unique battle system based on gambling. Try to defeat as many opponents as you can and unravel the secret story behind the game. .HOW TO PLAY IT After choosing 5 adjacent tiles you only get one. Play wisely with the odds and defeat your enemies before they defeat you.
- Unique gameplay
- Epic “odd” battles
- No IAP's whatsoever
- A nice shop with kickass powerups (use gems you collect in the game as payment)
- Infinite mode (survive as many opponents as you can)
- Lots of stuff coming soon (instant spells, boss battles, random rewards and more.)
Need for Speed(TM) Network
Android Police coverage: [New App] EA Posts Need For Speed Network Companion App On The Play Store
Another major release, another companion app for EA. This one focuses on Need For Speed Rivals, the latest racer in the long-running franchise, with the usual social network and character status features. But wait, there's more: if you've got friends who are actively playing on consoles or PC, you can help them or hinder them via the Overwatch mobile game. You can even sick the cops on them, if the fancy takes you that way.
Welcome to the all-new Need For Speed Autolog App which has been given an exciting new look and a brand new name – The Need for Speed™ Network, powered by Autolog. The Need for Speed™ Network is your destination for all things Need for Speed and has been updated with exciting new content for you to connect to Need For Speed™ Rivals – Ghost Games newest Need For Speed title. The App keeps you connected to your Need For Speed™ Rivals game on Xbox 360, PS3, PC, PS4 and Xbox One at all times.
WTF Game(s) Of The Week
There was a young fellow named Buttcrack,
who was fond of a generous butt smack.
He jumped all around
and pooped on the ground,
and dearly endangered his nutsack.
Welcome to Buttcrack Jones. A very early-in-development game that features the trials and tribulations of Buttcrack Jones. Eat apples to replenish your poop meter, and go around pooping on things for points, including enemies. Jump, poop, and land, making sure to hit your target on the way.
If Axe Cop was an adventure game (and didn't cop out by having Dad do all the artwork), it would look like Sir Hoppity. Personally I wouldn't bet on a rabbit to beat a dragon, even if he does have a +5 Sword of Carrot Power.
From the mind of 8-year old game designer Benjamin Howard comes Sir Hoppity: Challenge of the Dragon. With only your magic carrot sword to protect you, play as Sir Hoppity through the dark forest, a rolling sand desert, and the volcano dragon’s lair. Collect treasure and buy upgrade items to defeat jumping spiders, angry wasps, sidewinder snakes, and more.
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