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 speed-running platformer, an unconventional space shooter, a Battleship-inspired defense game, an Adventure Game CCG, and a spooky point-and-click adventure. Without further ado:


Mikey Shorts

Some games hint at their inspirations, subtly including game elements from classic titles. There's nothing subtle about Mikey Shorts: It's a Mario-style platformer and proud of it, dammit. Specifically it's based around the idea of the 'speed run' - technically it's a runner game, but the levels are carefully created (and they end), putting the focus more on precise timing and navigation than simply staying alive. Customizable virtual controls are also a big plus.


RUN, JUMP, and SLIDE through the land to help Mikey Shorts rescue the people. Collect coins to buy fun disguises along the way.

• 84 different levels across 2 game modes
• 6 unique environments
• Choose from over 170 disguises to wear
• Finish a level fast to earn up to 3 stars
• Golden Shorts are hidden in all Story levels
• Race against a ghost of your best score

Tilt to Live 2: Redonkulous

Mix a space shooter with a rolling marble game, and you might get something very similar to Tilt to Live. A combination of unique game elements and quirky humor made the first game notable, so it's back with better graphics, more tools, and much, much bigger bosses. The game has a staggering amount of variety... and no in-app purchases. Woo!


Return to a world of fast-paced, tilt-only arcade action. You’ll flee a relentless onslaught of dastardly dots, desperately darting between single-use weapon orbs. Each orb provides a unique burst of fiery relief. Sometimes it’s lasery relief. It really depends.

• Designed for both mobile devices and tablets.
• Two gametypes: Classic Mode (normal difficulty) and Code Red (too hard)
• A brand new weapon arsenal. Can you unlock them all?
• A new scoring system, powered by tricks you can do with weapons or your arrow
• Diabolical boss encounters
• Flaunt your highscore on your Google Play friends' game over screens. Or be ashamed of it.
• Tons of Google Play achievements, many of which include jokes and humors

Artillery Strike

Imagine Battleship with fewer tiles and better graphics, and you've got the basic gist behind Artillery Strike. It's essentially a tower defense game where all you do is shoot, pausing periodically to upgrade your guns or place new ones to replace those that have been destroyed. Online multiplayer via Google Games is a big plus, but a freemium model is a bit of a letdown.


You are the Commanding Officer of an Artillery regiment during World War II. Protect Mother Russia against the German war machine. Like the famous Battleship gameplay, choose, deploy and arm your units on the battlefield, because your enemy will be ruthless. Lock down the area and try to spot the enemy positions: when you have them … fire at will. The best tactic is attack. Eradicate your enemy before he annihilates you.

Card Wars - Adventure Time

Adventure Time's inexplicable popularity has always been a mystery to me, but if you're a fan, you'll no doubt recognize this as a digital version of the card game played in one episode of the whimsical show. It's got the usual mechanics that should be familiar to general battle card game fans, with the addition of specific lanes for combat. Unfortunately it's a full four bucks plus in-app purchases for more cards/deck slots/what have you.


Floop the Pig. It’s Adventure Time CARD WARS. Play the game inspired by the Adventure Time episode, “Card Wars”. Summon creatures and cast spells to battle your way to victory. Command an army of awesome warriors, including Husker Knights, Cool Dog, the Immortal Maize Walker, and even the Pig to destroy your opponent’s forces. Place towers and cast spells to unleash ultimo attacks. Collect new cards to customize your deck for each opponent. Level up your creatures, spells, and towers, or fuse them together to make your cards even more powerful.


NothingElse - A macabre Tale

If you're in the mood for an adventure game (that's point-and-click adventure, not we-don't-know-what-to-call-this-genre action adventure) with an unapologetically bleak, old-school aesthetic, then give NothingElse a try. It's your usual side-scrolling, room by room affair interspersed with text-based story progression (think Donnie Darko) and a few puzzles for kicks. It's free with no in-app purchases.


NothingElse is a short macabre tale. Try to grasp the sense of this weird story through symbolism and riddles.


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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.

  • MITM

    I love yall AP, but the irony of that Free Speech post having the comment section disabled is killing me

    • wugui


    • Mystery Man

      I came here to comment the same thing. Good job AP by standing up for free speech... oh wait guess not

    • Aooga

      I'll bet you it was Samsung who sent it in response to their Gear article.

    • danishdhanshe

      Could you please explain what did that post mean!
      I read it twice but I couldn't understand!

      • xHabeasCorpusx

        So someone with Androidpolice wrote an article (likely within the past month), that somehow made a company, company's product, or a person look bad. This "entity" decided that Androidpolice should remove the article or should have never posted it in the first place (this is not clear yet). They are now possibly going to sue Androidpolice for "defamation" or in other words, for hurting their image.

        To successfully sue Androidpolice they must prove what Androidpolice said:

        1. Was utterly untrue
        2. That it hurt their image
        3. That they lost money as a result (or will loose money)

        Androidpolice, believes that the are protected by the first admendment (free speech), and hired/got on board a free speech advocate lawyer to help defend their rights.

        Likely result: The company that is suing is being a bully. A lot of large companies/entities will sue people or threaten to sue people to get what they want. People who have little money, are often afraid of these bullies and cave in. People who stand up for themselves can sometimes be brought to bankruptcy by vindictive companies due to court costs because of filibuster type trials and what not and so in the end they may cave.

        • danishdhanshe

          Then mkbhd must be in jail by now for posting stuff about s5 being an s4! Lol!

          And if a tech reviewing site/person does not have freedom of speech, whats the use of being a reviewer?

          I am totally with AP!

          • xHabeasCorpusx

            We will see what the true cause is eventually. Right now Androidpolice cannot say anything in regards to what it is happening because it may either hurt their case.

          • danishdhanshe

            😏 okay

        • J_Pod

          First thing that I thought of was this post by AP might be the article:


    • Matthew Fry

      I did like the tag 'bullshit' on the post though :-P

  • jesuguru

    Lawyer probably said "don't say this or post this" etc... Just can't understand the purpose of saying "we're possibly being sued for defamation, but we stand for free speech! But we're not free to speak about it." Why even mention it then?

    • Aooga

      True. I just don't get why they posted the article, but I guess we'll never find out.

    • danishdhanshe

      I think they are mentally preparing us for something? (Maybe)

  • EvilDino

    Tilt to Live was literally the only reason that I regretted ditching iOS for Android, and now it's here!

  • Nex Unit

    So what is it, what do you guys think the post was? Has any recent one been removed. AP has the right of free speech as AP readers have the right of free gossip. I wanna know!

  • KlausWillSeeYouNow

    I wonder if it was Samsung... but whoever is responsible for the defamation notice, stand strong, AP. In this sweet and blessed land, you may say whatever you please without the fear of threat, and that's always something worth protecting. (See? I just did.)

    I can understand the criticism of @disqus_b1Zn8uHswG:disqus, but I think they probably disabled the comments to keep speculation out of there, which for their case (I'd imagine, I'm no legal scholar) could be inappropriate at best and legally damaging at the worst. Who knows?

  • Nex Unit

    Well, Mr. David Ruddock wrote some "pretty" harsh articles while @ MWC,including the Gear 2. AP is pretty big so yea if inded it was one of his i do believe he crossed the line (just a little bit) on his opinions...

  • ChainsawCharlie

    Artillery Strike looks really, but I will not install any freemium crap on my devices.

  • MrJigolo


    What's the point of this shit anyway? We're here for Android news, you guys have legal issues that should be kept personal. All this does is make you guys look like a bunch of drama queens/ attention whores.

    • Tim242

      Yeah, no point in posting the article if they aren't going to give details and close the comments.

  • Scott

    Why make an article and not spill the beans about it?

  • Cheeseball

    I was waiting for Card Wars to hit the Play store. I'd rather play it on a bigger screen than on an iOS device. Luckily they kept the same price at $3.99.