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Mar
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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 fancy space combat simulator, a gilded physics game, a simple snowboard trick-fest, and an endless runner with a twist. Without further ado:

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Beyond Space

If you're looking for a new take on StarFox for your Android phone, look no further... and before you ask, yes, you can do a barrel roll. This simplified space combat sim puts you behind the controls of a variety of upgradeable fighters and a few stationary turrets in the service of a sci-fi story. Beyond Space is single-player only, but the developer is talking up the game's advanced AI, and the colorful 3D graphics might be worth the price of entry alone.

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Beyond Space is a cutting edge 3D space shooter game which dive the player into dark plots in the vein of the best Space Opera. Score of planetary systems, nebulas and asteroid fields to explore. Fully detailed 3D Graphics, mesmerizing, beautifully painted spacescapes, spectacular special effects, rendered glows, lights, sun flares and reflections. Everything intensified with ambient yet dynamic soundtrack and great sound effects.

Gentlemen...Ricochet!

If you love pool for the geometric challenge rather than the booze and mindgames, check out Gentlemen... Ricochet. This physics puzzler lets you fling balls around levels to collect stars and bounce off of objective markers, all with a whimsical gilded age motif. It's a free to play game, but there are no in-app purchases (you might notice an ad or two instead).

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Gentlemen... You are cordially invited to the (once) great town of Smallbridge, known for its unique sport: Ricochet. Meet the townsfolk who will challenge you to play their very own Ricochet tables. Every table is a fun combination of skill and physics based puzzles. Think you can best the most experienced creators of Ricochet tables around and amass all the trophies?

Cubed Snowboarding

After a rush of over-produced winter sports games trying to cash in on Sochi, it's nice to see one that's just trying to be fun. Cubed Snowboarding is an isometric trick-fest filled with improbably steep dips, jumps, grind rails, and quarter-pipes just begging to be exploited. It's a simple little title that only asks you to get the most points per run. Fans of SSX should be pleased.

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Crash into snowmen, grind on railings, launch off halfpipes and go careening off of cliffs in this fun, fast, little, retroish 3d game!

  • Epic Cliffs
  • Sick Grinds
  • Insane Flips
  • Destructible Snowmen
  • High Score Leaderboard

Greedy Dwarf Free

Endless runners come in two flavors, generally speaking: 2D (like Jetpack Joyride) or 3D (like Temple Run). Greedy Dwarf mixes up the standard formula by incorporating both 2D and 3D gameplay in levels that can shift the perspective. The rest of the game is pretty standard runner fare, though some of the animations (where the titular dwarf hangs by his fingers from an upside-down cart) are entertaining.

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Get ready for the seat of your pants wild ride of your life - on a minecart. You know, they called me stupid when I "borrowed" gold from the ol' hag in the forest. They called me mad when I stole the big Cyclop´s gold pouch. They called me crazy when I grabbed that golden tooth from Cthulhu. I wonder what they'll call me when I find the Fat Dragon´s chest? You can call me greedy, I don't care.

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.

  • thermoplastics

    So the first game is paid AND has IAPs, not that the author would bother to tell us this useful information. The fourth games says it's free but does it have ads?

    What is the point of these bonus rounds when the writers who write them can't even be bothered to tell us any of the important information that isn't already available on Google Play?

    Let me guess, it's easier to copy and paste a games available description from Google Play to create an "article" for easy Ad-Sense revenue than it is to write new and authentic content that has any resemblance to informative journalism.

    • Alva

      Whoa, harsh comment. Take it easy buddy, it's still an informative article

    • Ken

      The playboard widget both indicates the price and that it has iap.

  • Alva

    Beyond Space force close on my HTC :(

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