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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 platformer with classic sensibilities, a new take on the match three puzzle, an unbearably cute physics game, a dudebro version of Asteroids, and a math puzzler. Without further ado:

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Foxtrot!

FoxTrot couldn't be any more retro if you had to play it on a TI calculator. Between the simple running and jumping controls, the 16-bit art, and entire classic games hidden cleverly within levels, it's a title that revels in its old-school inspiration. This isn't a runner game - you can go both right and left - so anyone looking for a solid platformer should check it out.

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You are Neville the fox and your cubs are hungry for eggs. You must find keys, open doors, defeat enemies and GET EGGS. Using a simple and elegant control system, you will need all your all your platform-hopping and puzzle-solving skills to collect all the eggs in over 30 gorgeous and fiendishly hard levels. There are Boss Fights. There are Speed Runs.

Caveboy Escape

There are a ton of Match-3 puzzle games out there, but this one has a fresh idea: instead of moving tiles around a la Bejeweled, you control a tiny character running across them. The idea is that he has to run on three consecutive tiles of a single color before moving to another color, creating a cohesive path from the start of the grid to the end of it. Any innovation in this tired niche is welcome, so it's worth overlooking the F2P model for this one.

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Caveboy Escape offers innovative puzzle gameplay, utilizing subtle match-3 and connecting tile gameplay that feels fresh and will tickle puzzle gamers’ brains. It takes a keen eye and quick thinking to navigate Caveboy to the exit – Finding the right path will be a challenge as the size of the labyrinth continues to grow. Time is also of the essence as Caveboy must reach the exit or the maze will collapse.

Lightomania

What are these strange creatures? Why do they want to eat a lightbulb? How could they be smart enough to solve various physics puzzles by using the environment and their own bouncy bodies, but still stupid enough to want to eat something that's literally red-hot? Who knows - maybe this is just a sickeningly cute environmental protest against wasteful incandescent lightbulbs.

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Immerse yourself in the ultimate gaming experience while playing this thrilling puzzle game. Don’t miss a chance to try a new combination of addictive gameplay, comical style and challenging tasks. Meet two adorable fuzzy thieves, who are addicted to the light and steal all bulbs on their way. Let the bulb hunting begin. Pull the tongue, choose the best trajectory, make a jump and get the bulb.

Roid Rage

Ignore the gymrat dudebro vibe that permeates this game, and you'll find a twitchy alternative to Asteroids. The point is to fly around a 2D asteroid field collecting "Juice." Get more juice to open up access to bigger and better ships, with special abilities that will let you clear through the asteroid field. It's a solid little game, just try to avoid the "give it to me faster" IAPs.

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SUP, SPACE PILOT. Our JUICE tanker crashed and spilled a fat load of JUICE into a nearby asteroid field, and we need someone to GET IN THERE and recover all that SWEET, SWEET JUICE. You're the best person for the job, because you happened to be nearby and you've got an infinite supply of extremely fragile space ships. Just think of this as an unpaid internship.

Fives - Match Twos and Threes!

Basic math, a few grids, and some simple rules - fans of Sudoku and similar math puzzles should like Fives. The idea is to combine numbers to create five, then multiples of five and ten. Get the highest number for the highest score. That's it.

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Fives is a deceptively simple puzzle game where you match similar numbers. You can combine twos and threes, but not twos and twos, or threes and threes. Then combine like numbers like ten and ten to get twenty, and so on. What's the highest number you can get?

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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.

  • Gabernasher

    Caveboy Escape is pretty fun, it also uses immersive mode which is always a plus.