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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 Grim take on platforming, a quiz game revolving around the Chromecast, and a detective-themed adventure puzzle game. Without further ado:

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Deadlings

Zombie games have to work extra hard to get over my cynicism, but a platformer with a premise like "depressed Grim Reaper creates dead minions to keep him company" is pretty much irresistible. You play as a series of zombies trying to get through Death's factory, which as you might expect, is not exactly up to OSHA standards. Different zombies have different abilities, and you'll have to make use of all of them to get past all 100 levels.

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Death is lonely. He has zero friends on his FaceTome account and no one to hang out with. So, in order to feel better, he begins “Project Deadlings”. Death buys a factory where he can build his laboratory and begin training a massive army of zombie minions. As the army of Deadlings grows, the mazes of the laboratory become deadlier, loaded with puzzles and death-defying traps.

Qcast

The admittedly limited world of Android quiz games was thrown into turmoil yesterday with the release of the much-anticipated QuizUp, but here's an alternative for those of you who prefer face-to-face trivia. Qcast lets you control a bar-style trivia game with one Android device and a Chromecast as a monitor, with other phones and tablets connecting as game kiosks. It's a brilliant application of the technology, and it's free with no in-app purchases.

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Try Qcast, a simple trivia game for you and your friends. Connect any number of devices to a Google Chromecast device to join the game (all players need to be on the same network.) The first player to reach 100 points is the winner, everyone can get the answer correct - how much the answer's worth is up to you. This is a project I started based on a simple idea I've had since the chromecast was released. I'm open to suggestions. If you'd like to submit a question you can do so here: http://goo.gl/chro3r

Another Case Solved

Another night in the naked city. The Licorice Lickspit has struck again, and a small businesswoman is staring bankruptcy in the face. That's what brings her to my office, so she can stare into mine, which is only a little more pleasant. When the coppers aren't interested, people like this dame turn to me. I'm the only one who can solve these candy-coated crimes, since I'm the only private dick in town who'll play the game. This game. Another Case Solved. My rates are easy - zero dollars a day, plus in-app expenses.

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Become a famous detective and get to the bottom of a curious candy conspiracy in Another Case Solved, the latest game from the makers of Puzzle Craft. This city is clamping down on candy cravings by outlawing sweet snacks. Solve a series of quirky cases by gathering clues, tracking down witnesses, and questioning suspects to reveal the truth behind this city’s sugarcoated secret.

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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.

  • thermoplastics

    Deadlings, zero mention of this game having IAPs.

    Qcast, at least it is mentioned that there are no IAPs but are there advertisements?

    Another Case Solve, slight mention of IAPs but what are they, how many are there and how much do they cost.

    Yet another useless bonus round. Did the OP even play these games? If so why does he always leave out any information that can't be gleaned from just reading the description of the game on Google Play? Is the author just picking random games out of a hat? Why were these games chosen?

    • Dylan Pollard

      I'm the developer of Qcast, it has no ads or IAPs, and it never will. I hate them myself, so I would never subject users of my app to them. I think Qcast is a pretty fun game, and a lot of other people agree so far.

    • Kevin Aaronson

      Spot on observation. Every bonus round is more confusing/infuriating than the last. I understand one cannot review 10 games a week, but at least download and run the app. Why is this shit worth our clicks? Such potential, if only somebody with a passion for games curated this feature.

    • DKT70

      Another Case Solved, should be named, Another In-App Purchase. It's actually not a bad game, I would gladly throw a quid or two at the devs, but these in-app purchases are starting to get annoying.

    • http://thegumshoe.com/ Michael Crider

      We don't have the time or the money to buy and try every game we feature - if we did, we'd be at this 24/7. The roundups aren't meant as completely endorsed recommendations, they're just the best of the dozens of apps that we get sent every day. If we're confident that a game or app deserves more coverage, we expand it into a full post.

      If a game's gameplay or monetization is ambiguous, and if it's free or less than $2, I generally download and try it. I've been doing that less frequently since the Play Store started marking IAP games, because frankly, it's less necessary. We specifically asked Playboard to put the new web IAP indicator in the app and game widgets - if you refuse to consider any game with IAP, just check the widget and move on.

      I understand your frustration over the general IAP-heavy nature of mobile games. I've been gaming for more than twenty years, of course it bothers me too. But if we refused to cover any and all games that featured currency or time-based IAP, we'd have to ignore the greater part of games that are published to the Play Store, which doesn't exactly make sense for a news site.

      • thermoplastics

        "I don't have the time or the money to buy and try every game we feature - if I did, I'd be at this 24/7. The roundups aren't meant as completely endorsed recommendations, they're just the best of the thousands of apps that we monitor or get tipped on."

        If you and PA don't have the money to try these games then please explain why they are featured. What you are basically saying is that no one on the staff at PA has played these games or are familiar enough with them to write anything more than what is already explained in their Google Play description. And that is okay? You are admitting to writing articles that are basically regurgitated Google Play descriptions of what is basically randomly e-mailed tips of game releases? How do you know they are the "best of the thousands of apps" when you self admittingly don't even play them?

        "if you refuse to consider any game with IAP, just check the widget and move on."

        I don't refuse to consider any game with IAP as many IAPs are perfectly acceptable. What I do like to know is how many IAPs a game has, how much they cost and what exactly they are for. Something this site leaves out of these bonus rounds more often than not.

        "I understand your frustration over the general IAP-heavy nature of mobile games. I've been gaming for more than twenty years, of course it bothers me too. But if we refused to cover any and all games that featured currency or time-based IAP, we'd have to ignore the greater part of games that are published to the Play Store, which doesn't exactly make sense for a news site."

        No one is asking you to refuse to cover IAP games as many games with IAPs are perfectly acceptable. What isn't acceptable is covering games like what Glu produces. Not only are they instantly on the front page of the Google Play store (making it completely unnecessary and pointless for others to be promoting the obvious), they should not be promoted by any news source that actually cares about it's readership. Companies like Glu are notorious for having zero CS while ripping people off (Glu especially as they are known for not delivering their in game currency once they have gotten paid in real cash) on too many occasions to count. Promoting crooks for the sole purpose of AdSense monies makes it pretty clear what APs real agenda is. Stop trying to gain clicks on useless articles and start providing a news source with real information that isn't just a blatant press release published for the sole purpose of gaining clicks and AdSense revenue. This goes double for publishing articles that are obviously stolen trending posts from Reddit.

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

          "This goes double for publishing articles that are obviously stolen trending posts from Reddit" - right, because all news happens on Reddit, and we don't monitor several hundred major releases that are expected to his the Play Store and get hundreds of tips daily from game developers who email us about their own games (whenever you don't see a source most likely means the developer tipped us or we saw it at gamespress).

          I take great offense to you and uncarrier from Reddit who have hard-ons for attacking blogs left and right, and I'm getting real sick of your attitude. You have started a site with a sole purpose of covering games without IAPs or whatever, and that's what you spend a lot of your time on because that's what your focus is. We run a news site, where not every post is a detailed review and hands-on, especially when it comes to roundups. We're also not a Mashable or Engadget with dozens of people on staff - @MichaelCriderAP:disqus has a lot of other responsibilities.

          Most of the apps for the roundups are selected by me based on a variety of factors. If I can't decide whether a game is worthy of a roundup or not, I download and try it out. Like Michael said, we don't need to download every single game we post about in roundups, but of course you took it to a total extreme. It's also not the purpose of these roundups to list all IAPs or ads - you can decide whether IAPs, if present, are reasonable or not for you (everyone has opinions). Yes, you made a site with that specific purpose, which is great, and I wish you luck, but you have to stop coming in here and trolling on every post because it's seriously starting to piss me off.

          • thermoplastics

            "We run a news site, where not every post is a detailed review and hands-on, especially when it comes to roundups."

            Then please start offering more news and less press releases and copy paste Google Play descriptions.

            "We're also not a Mashable or Engadget with dozens of people on staff - Michael Crider has a lot of other responsibilities."

            This is not your readers problem, it is APs. If your writers are stretched too thin, maybe things like Bonus Round should be dropped because as is, it is useless. Not only do we have no idea why these games were chosen by AP, we also have no idea what these games actually have in store the user as there is zero detail of IAPs, how much they cost or what kind of ads there are.

            "I take great offense to you and uncarrier from Reddit who have hard-ons for attacking blogs left and right, and I'm getting real sick of your attitude."

            I don't even know who "uncarrier" is but it looks to me that I am not the only one who has noticed.

            "Most of the apps for the roundups are selected by me based on a variety of factors."

            You see, right here. This is something that might help the roundups. Someone needs to explain WHY these games were chosen because as it it looks like they are completely random.

            "It's also not the purpose of these roundups to list all IAPs or ads - you can decide whether IAPs, if present, are reasonable or not for you (everyone has opinions)."

            It would be worlds easier for everyone to decide whether the kind of IAPs or ads offered in a game are "for them" if someone bothered to list what the IAPs or Ads are. One would assume that a news site such as AP would offer that that kind of news. But I suppose that is just too much work for AP so a copy paste of the Google Play description will pass for news just fine when AdSense is the goal of the site instead of information.

            "but you have to stop coming in here and trolling on every post because it's seriously starting to piss me off."

            I am not trolling. I am pointing out obvious flaws of this site which finally got the attention of the staff. Maybe instead of ranting at me you should look into fixing these issues.

            I had switched to reading this site from AC a good while ago as AC started putting their revenue above news. Now I see AP making the same mistakes. AP seriously needs to stop creating useless and uninformative articles for the sake of having content for AdSense revenue.

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

          "This goes double for publishing articles that are obviously stolen trending posts from Reddit" - right, because all news happens on Reddit, and we don't monitor several hundred major releases that are expected to his the Play Store and get hundreds of tips daily from game developers who email us about their own games (whenever you don't see a source most likely means the developer tipped us or we saw it at gamespress).

          I take great offense to you and uncarrier from Reddit who have hard-ons for attacking blogs left and right, and I'm getting real sick of your attitude. You have started a site with a sole purpose of covering games without IAPs or whatever, and that's what you spend a lot of your time on because that's what your focus is. We run a news site, where not every post is a detailed review and hands-on, especially when it comes to roundups. We're also not a Mashable or Engadget with dozens of people on staff - @MichaelCriderAP:disqus has a lot of other responsibilities.

          Most of the apps for the roundups are selected by me based on a variety of factors. If I can't decide whether a game is worthy of a roundup or not, I download and try it out. Like Michael said, we don't need to download every single game we post about in roundups, but of course you took it to a total extreme. It's also not the purpose of these roundups to list all IAPs or ads - you can decide whether IAPs, if present, are reasonable or not for you (everyone has opinions). Yes, you made a site with that specific purpose, which is great, and I wish you luck, but you have to stop coming in here and trolling on every post because it's seriously starting to piss me off.

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

          Having said all this, I am always looking for people passionate about things and taking what they do seriously. I actually considered extending you an offer to contribute here after seeing your site on Reddit, but then once you started leaving comments, I realized there's no way that would happen since you were giving away such a negative entitled jerk vibe.

          However, if someone else is reading this down the road at some point and thinks they can do a great job helping us cover games at AP, I'm all ears: http://www.androidpolice.com/contact.

          • thermoplastics

            "I actually considered extending you an offer to contribute here after seeing your site on Reddit, but then once you started leaving comments, I realized there's no way that would happen since you were giving away such a negative entitled jerk vibe."

            Well, considering that I would have automatically turned you down, I will take that as a compliment.

            "However, if someone else is reading this down the road at some point and thinks they can do a great job helping us cover games at AP, I'm all ears"

            Someone needs to as the current coverage is complete garbage.

  • PhilNelwyn

    "[...]the new Android games of the day that we couldn't get to during our regular news rounds."

    http://www.androidpolice.com/2014/03/03/32-best-and-2-wtf-new-android-games-from-the-last-2-weeks-21814-3314/#another-case-solved

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

      That phrase refers to individual posts for apps. Sometimes the big roundup gets posted while the Bonus Round is still being finalized, so there's a tiny bit of an overlap.

      • PhilNelwyn

        Ok.
        I noticed it right away because I love the description, it's brilliant.
        "Bravo" to the writer.

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

      That phrase refers to individual posts for apps. Sometimes the big roundup gets posted while the Bonus Round is still being finalized, so there's a tiny bit of an overlap.

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