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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 surprisingly compelling endless runner, a frustrating rhythm game with no music, and a stupid, stupid, stupid attempt to ride a meme. Without further ado:

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Hubble Bubbles

OK, so this endless runner takes place in space, right? Then why is the alien bubble guy traveling by bouncing, something that requires regular gravity? Anyway, in Hubble Bubbles, you travel unimaginable distances by bouncing on bubbles for light-years at a time. That's actually more interesting than it sounds, since sending the bubbles up to meet your character requires considerable timing and spatial awareness. The game is free with the usual runner in-app purchases.

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Welcome to the game of juggling Hubble on bouncing Bubbles. Hubble Bubbles is a skill driven arcade game, featuring madly addictive (I swear it was an accident.), straight from space gameplay. Whenever you will find yourself saying "Ok, now it's the last time.... ", remember it's not my fault.

Rules are simple:
1. You TAP - Highlighted Bubble GOES UP. No magic here. TAP THE BUBBLE UP.
2. TAP when Hubble (little spaceship) is above Bubble. They bounce, we fly.
(tip). Try to spin Hubble, momentum gives Hubble extra speed. Science, you know.
3. Fly as many Light Years as you can (translation: fly right very far).

Up, Down, Left, Right

Do you hate yourself? Do you feel that you need to punish yourself, and the only medium worthy of your self-flagellation is rhythm games? Can you imagine how frustrating it must be to play a rhythm game that not only actively tries to mess you up, but features no music whatsoever? It's your unlucky day. In Up, Down, Left, Right, you perform said sequence with perfect frequency... except that in each turn you have to replace one key with a random variable. (Check the screenshots.) It's insanely frustrating in a way that will make your brain break.

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A Stroop Test is often used in clinical investigation to measure selective attention, cognitive flexibility and processing speed by asking participants to read out colours written in different inks. Up, Down, Left, Right introduces the concept of routine which is then mixed on the fly to create a fast-paced, absorbing high-score game. Up, Down, Left, Right challenges players to maintain a simple beat – roughly one every half second – tapping in the sequence Up, Down, Left, Right on a simple keyboard. As play progresses, blocks fall from the top of the screen at a steady pace.

Shibe!

Move over DogeCoin: there's a new idiotic meme cash-in in town.

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Shibe the Doge is not gonna let anything stop his eternal quest to find the "Epic Wow". Not even telekinetic laser-shooting cat heads and gelatinous dual-phasing ground-hopping rooster heads. Control Shibe as he zaps his way through the andromeda galaxy, where he uses his powers of rocket science and space physics to vaporize the enemies that gets in his way in the path to the "Epic Wow." Wow.

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.

  • http://www.about.me/kendallseabury Kendall Seabury

    Wow.

    • Sigmund

      Shibe is addictive x___x

  • Sigmund

    Eeeeeek x____x

    Up, Down, Left, Right looks as frustrating as flappy bird or worse

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