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May
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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 super-stylish gallery shooter, a gesture-driven hack and slash RPG, a strategic take on card battles, and a puzzle game where it's hip to be square. Without further ado:

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Overkill Mafia

The shooting gallery genre doesn't have a lot of life left in it, but with enough style, you can get away with just about anything. And Overkill Mafia has style in spades: while the gameplay is decidedly 2D, the graphics evoke a certain Frank Miller series transplanted the prohibition era. The game might take itself a bit too seriously at times, but solid point-and-shoot mechanics should entertain for a while... at least until the free-to-play grind starts to wear you down with weapons and upgrades.

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Classic pick and shoot arcade shooter with a strong mafia stylization and gripping black-and-white comics graphics. The streets of Chicago speak of a new rising star. They say he's smart, ruthless and determined. They say he will go any lengths. They say he's got a scared face... Prove them right. Build your bootlegging empire. Shoot your way from the streets to the top mafia ranks. Crush other families to become the Godfather. Become the legend of the gangster world.

Summoner Wars

Cross a card battle game with something more strategic, like Settlers of Catan, and you'd get Summoner Wars. The intricate use of attack, defense, positioning, and environment make it notably different from the hoards of Magic clones currently flooding the Play Store. It's free to try, but you'll have to pay to unlock the faction decks and special cards. (Hey, it's probably cheaper than the real-life version of the card game.) Multiplayer options are impressive: online real-time, delayed, and hot-potato in a single device.

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Summoner Wars is now here for Android devices, with Online Cross Play ability. Summoner Wars for Android is a digital card game with all the tactical elements of a board game. Summoner Wars for Android allows players to control the Phoenix Elves faction and battle against AI opponents or go online to play against others. Nine additional factions such as the Tundra Orcs, Guild Dwarves and Cave Goblins are available through the game’s in-app store.

Mother of Myth

At first glance Mother of Myth looks like a standard hack-and-slash RPG set against a pseudo-mythical backdrop. And that's what it is. But solid production values (assuming you've got the hardware to run the game) and an interesting gesture-based combat system make it worth a look. It uses a series of swipe commands instead of button presses, but keeps the old isometric perspective. The free-to-play IAP game includes both a single player campaign and multiplayer battles.

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Unleash the power of the Gods with an epic swipe battle system in this immersive 3D Action RPG inspired by Greek and Roman mythology. You are the chosen hero. Learn to use critical swipe skill attack gestures and strengthen your character to bring you one step closer to your destiny. Wield the power of Zeus, Athena, Artemis, and many more legendary gods to unleash an onslaught on your enemies in the epic war between Titans and gods.

4444

Publisher BulkyPix is back with another puzzle game, and this one's a bit different. You have to match up tiles to make a 4-piece square of a single color, eventually turning the whole board to a single color. Movement and time restrictions will limit you in different levels, but clever players can hold on to tiles of a particular color to keep the advantage. Difficulty gets higher quickly as the boards get larger and new elements and restrictions are introduced.

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4444 is an action puzzle with unique mechanics, designed to appeal to people of any demographics and culture. It is a very simple game, it only requires tapping on the screen, no swiping or complicated gestures. 4444's gameplay is super easy to grasp too. Four squares of the same colour and size merge to form a bigger square of the same colour. Join all the squares on the board into one and complete the level.

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.

  • chinese

    so borrrrrrrrring

  • deta

    Mother of Myth looks good. I just watched gameplay videos on youtube. Though not sure if it will work on my 2012 phone

  • dwf

    4444 is actually created by a solo dev nicknamed framais.

    Summoner Wars is an achievement for Playdek as their first Android game. (Unsung Story same-day release annoincement incoming?)

  • Thatguyfromvienna

    Blahblahblahblah... Offers in-app purchases...
    Blahblahblahblah... Offers in-app purchases...
    Blahblahblahblah... Offers in-app purchases...

    Yay! IAPs make me a happy panda.

    • thermoplastics

      I took the two minutes it takes to download Summoner Wars and I see it has an IAP called "9 Faction bundle + Mercenary Pack 1" that is $7.99. I would imagine that this purchases the full content of the game as this same pack on iTunes is called "Everything Bundle 1". Of course being that it is called Bundle/Pack 1 (emphasis on the #1) there may be more cost to the game in the future. Why AP continues to leave this kind of information out of their copy paste articles I still do not know.

      Hey Mr. Crider, it took me all of two minutes to look up the cost of these IAPs for Summoner Wars. This was easily done by just installing the game. If you are going to constantly promote random IAP filled garbage the least you could do is list the freaking IAPs. Another option would be to make a tiny bit of effort and post games that aren't filled with IAPs, cutting out the work of listing them entirely. But to only post IAP games and then not list what the IAPs are is just lazy and completely useless to us readers. You should just rename these Bonus Rounds to "Random IAP filled Games I know nothing about" as that would at least let the readers know that these article are worth skipping.

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