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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 quirky Tin Man game book, a gorgeous endless Neverending runner, and a fusion of Minecraft and Where's My Water. Without further ado:

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Zombocalypse Now

Zombocalypse Now is the latest adventure book game from Tin Man, and it takes the road less traveled. Most of the previous entries have been fairly standard action or fantasy role playing adventures, but this one is more like a literary take on Ghostbusters. For reasons that aren't quite obvious, you play a sentient stuffed rabbit. Also, there are zombies. I don't know what they want to eat - stuffing, perhaps? - but it's a given that it won't end well for you. The game includes full-color illustrations and Tin Man's usual Choose Your Own Adventure play style.

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They don't want your body, THEY WANT YOUR BRAINS. You're a stuffed bunny and it's the end of the world. When you slowly catch onto the fact that your latest date is in fact, the newest member of the living dead, there's only one thing to do - run. ...or, should you hang around a bit longer? After all, this is probably the best a date has gone for you in a while. This choice (along with many others) are entirely up to you...

Buddy & Me

Buddy & Me is a basic endless runner with gorgeous 2D art and a clear inspiration from The Neverending Story. That should be just about all you need to give it a look, but it's also got some fantastic animation and sound. The action is split between running levels on foot and flying on Buddy the Luck Dragon. The game is pretty simple and doesn't look all that challenging, but bags and bags of personality will keep you coming back. Buddy & Me is just a buck with no in-app purchases.

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Explore a world of dreams with Buddy, in this award-winning endless adventure about friendship. Every night, a young boy returns to the same dream to play with his magical best friend and floppy-eared companion, Buddy. With Buddy’s help, together they glide, jump, swing, bounce, and fly through a never-ending enchanted forest of treehouse-inspired obstacles, curious creatures, and natural wonders.

Helle

If Minecraft and Where's My Water had a baby, it would look like Helle. the game has a very basic mythological story, but the gist is that you'll need to dig and build to solve some basic physics puzzles. As with most Minecraft-inspired games, there's a heavy online multiplayer component, encouraging strangers to work together to solve the stages. You can also access community-designed maps.

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Help Helle, the Goddess of the Sea, rescue Hyacinthus who has been transformed into a flower. Dig trenches to guide water to the hyacinth flower.

* Dynamic water fluid physics engine in 3D
* 20 challenging single-player puzzles
* Multiplayer: co-op building and raiding of player-designed maps

Be sure to check out our gaming coverage from earlier this week:

Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

  • Samuel Hart

    Is it becoming ironic that the number of endless runners is fast approaching infinity, or is it past that and now simply tragic?

    • Himmat Singh

      It reached tragic proportions long ago! Both endless runners and building sims.

    • CrazyPaladin

      And those minecraft wannabe, stop jeez

    • Matthew Fry

      You can't go past infinity silly.

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