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Feb
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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 not one but two action-RPGs and an adapted board game. Without further ado:

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Brandnew Boy

What's this? An anime-style action-RPG with full 3D visuals and movement? Indeed, Brandnew Boy (which I suppose is a better title than "Cliché Amnesiac Anime Savior") seems like a surprisingly polished little brawler built on the Unreal engine, with enough energetic style to tide over the most ardent console gamer. Cell shaded visuals and a quick battle system, not to mention a fully-fleshed out story, make the game worth the $4 admission price... if you can stomach pushes for in-app purchases after that.

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Rookie doesn’t know who he is, or how he got here, but one thing has been made terribly clear: he’ll have to fight to stay alive if he wants to find out. Brandnew Boy is heart-stopping, breath-taking 3D combat adventure built on Unreal Engine 3 for an unbelievable iOS action experience. Stranded this strange and sometimes beautiful place, “Rookie” finds he has limited time to contemplate his circumstances. The natives are bloodthirsty, and Rookie seems to be the only thing they think will quench that thirst.

HonorBound (RPG)

Action-RPG fans, your cup runneth over today. Honorbound takes a more mobile-focused approach than Brandnew Boy, with more conventional 2D fighting, standard upgrades, and monster battling (but with a mostly western feel). The 2D art is sharp and colorful, which is good, since it's all you're getting - there isn't much in the way of a story beyond clearing out lots of dungeons. Honorbound is free with in-app purchases.

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Lead your army to victory. HonorBound is an epic FREE RPG. Choose your squad as you battle and collect 100’s of heroes. Challenge 1000’s of players in the Arena. Take control of the battle as your heroes come alive. Choose your style of play in the deepest game out there. Easy to pick up, impossible to master. Strategize on your squad's composition of classes and take tactical control of the battle with powerful abilities. Your heroes come beautifully to life on fully animating rigs.

Power Game

I don't know if Power Game's claim to be "Ireland's best-selling board game" is true or not, but fans of simple games like Reversi and Go should be well served by its mechanics. The object is to use a series of gears and pegs to both build the biggest simple machine and outmaneuver your opponent. It's pretty basic, but it includes Facebook integration and online play. It's two bucks plus in-app purchases.... which aren't the best mix with a multiplayer title. 

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Do you like Chess, Want a challenge. Here is a game that is a lot easier to learn. Having originally begin designed in 1972, it has got a complete reboot for 2013 and Android. Ireland's best selling board game has come to Android phones and Tablets in HD. The game was a hit in my other countries, it was often called Turn. Selling in excess of 10 million copies worldwide, it was considered one of the best selling strategy board games.

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

    Urgh, $4 isn't a problem, but pushy IAPs? Another game down the crapper....

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      Nope nope nope nope.
      Too bad, it looked interesting.

  • kingdazy

    I NEVER pay for games that ask for IAP after purchase.
    I paid for it, ya know? And for $4? It should be fully featured.
    Nope nope nope nope.
    Too bad, it looked interesting.

    • RoadOfOrigin

      People should actually try the game out, it's actually the first mobile game with an initial price + pushy IAPs that I decided to keep and play!

  • http://www.anivision.org/ Christopher Bailey (Xcom923)

    I won't rule it out. As long as the IAP aren't pay to win type of thing. I'll give it a shot.

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  • Gustavo Parrado

    I'll stick to the games on that honestgames website, thanks

  • fuhrer

    Game designed around IAP will have crappy gameplay experience, because developer did not test game long enough to tweak difficulties etc. They just toss IAP around when they see fit. Not worth your time or money.

  • flosserelli

    Brandnew Boy looks interesting, but no demo? I may buy it, save it with Titanium Backup, refund it, and buy it again if it's worth the price. I hate to do that, but I don't like to waste money if something is not what I expected.

    Edit: $4 plus IAPs?! Nope.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      The Playboard widget clearly points out IAPs and prices, so you can always see if there's a game with IAPs that will cost you money if you're really against those.

  • thermoplastics

    "$4 admission price... if you can stomach pushes for in-app purchases after that."

    How many IAPs are there, what are they for and how much do they cost? Same goes for the other two games as well.

    I don't need the author to explain what the graphics look like as I can see that myself. So how about publishing information that is actually relevant and can't be gleaned from just looking at the screenshot and description. You know, like what the IAPs are for, how many there are and how much they cost. Or are we to assume that all the author did was look at the games screenshot and description to write this article? If so why were these games chosen, what made them stand out above many other new and deserving games that don't charge up front prices AND in app purchases?

    • Leonardo Farage Freitas

      Couldn't agree more.

  • Slosh

    honorbound is a pretty cool game but its riddled with couple loading and disconnecting issues :|