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 spacefaring turn-based strategy game, a re-release of a Flash favorite, and a pixelated version of Dark Souls. Without further ado:


Star Traders 4X Empires

Ever wonder what it's like to be a spacefaring Napoleon? With Star Traders 4X Empires, you might just get your chance. This sequel to the developer's popular Star Trader RPG is more about building a civilization (hint hint) than maximizing profits, as you'll have to manage multiple planet colonies while fending off an alien invasion in turn-based combat. The free version only has one in-app purchase: a $5 upgrade to the full game, which is also available as a separate app.


The Star Traders universe expands to epic new proportions in Star Traders 4X Empires in Exile. Take control of humanity’s last survivors and rebuild a galaxy-spanning empire in this deeply immersive turn-based strategy game. Take control of your destiny -- and the universe -- in the most engaging space opera ever seen. With over 1 million players already immersed in the smash-hit Star Traders RPG franchise, the Trese Brothers brings you an expanded universe like no other in the epic sequel, Star Traders 4X Empires in Exile.


Super Gravitron

Android Police coverage: [New Game] After Numerous Ports, Popular Platformer VVVVVV Arrives In The Android Dimension

Super Gravitron is the original Flash game that inspired VVVVVV, featured as a full story earlier today. It's technically a platformer game, but more of an avoider arcade title... a masochistic one at that. Your tiny, pixelated player character has to avoid oncoming blocks at all costs by moving left and right and jumping, plus switching the polarity of the gravity so that he "falls" up or down. Free with no in-app purchases.


Super Gravitron is the minigame that originally appeared at the end of VVVVVV, now available as a free, standalone game on android.

World's Hardest Platformer 2

Want something even harder? Ask and you shall receive, weirdo. World's Hardest Platformer 2 is basically a distilled version of those nightmarish Mario ROM hacks, with pre-made levels that will make you beg for the warm embrace of 16-bit hardcore games. There are no graphics to speak of (your character is a block), just insane timing and movement challenges, with turrets, spikes, screen-filling advancing walls, and other instruments of pixelated torture. The game includes a full level editor.


Think you’re good at games? Then put your gaming skills to the test with the World’s Hardest Platformer 2. WHP2 is the critically acclaimed sequel to the classic World’s Hardest Platformer.'

  • Completely free-to-play
  • Beautiful new graphics
  • Over 200 challenging and fun levels
  • Numerous different type of game mechanics, including reverse gravity.
  • More powerups.

Be sure to check out our gaming coverage from earlier this week: