- Featured App
- Wonder Wood
- Castle of Illusion
- Topia World Builder
- Angry Birds Epic
- Fluid SE
- Warhammer 40,000: Carnage
- Band Stars
- Powerpuff Girls: Defenders
- CN Superstar Soccer
- Simon the Sorcerer 2
- Star Traders 4X Empires
- Beyond Gravity
- Hubble Bubbles
- Super Gravitron
- World's Hardest Platformer 2
- Dragon Finga
- Train Town: Build & Explore
- Up, Down, Left, Right
- Dungelot 2
- Dungeon Gems
- Bardadum: The Kingdom Roads
- Dragons: Rise of Berk
- Horde of Heroes
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Today's roundup is sponsored by Wonder Wood from Herocraft. This is a more friendly and kid-appropriate take on the city building and management genre, with no real combat or danger, just goals to meet. You oversee a group of gnomes building a tiny village for adorable woodland critters (who remind me of the Furlings characters in Once Upon A Forest). If you build the right infrastructure, the animals will "fall in love." Wonder Wood is a free download with in-app purchases.
This game will spirit you away. The magical woodland glade is a mess and all of the cute creatures have disappeared. These little animals need your help. • The uniquely magical atmosphere of a fairytale wood. • A huge menagerie of cute birds and animals. • Endless gameplay for all ages. • Clear the mess and decorate the landscape. • Unusual buildings and a deep ecosystem • Even the evil critters are cute. The creatures require a lot of care but you'll have great fun growing special food for all animals and building homes for them. So banish the critters, clear the weeds, and repopulate the glade with animals. Then decorate the area, collect resources, feed the animals, and make sure their homes stay clean and cozy. Some animals will only fall in love if other animals are present, or if they’ve been washed, so make sure everything they need is to hand. Thankfully, a few hardworking Gnomes can build you all sorts of wonderful devices and buildings.
Castle of Illusion
Genesis veterans will probably remember Castle of Illusion, one of Disney's many surprisingly good platforming games of the 16-bit era. The original Mickey Mouse game has been given a full HD makeover, complete with 3D graphics and animation. It's got an old-school price, too, at least in comparative terms: it will cost you a ten-spot for the privilege of nostalgia.
Mickey Mouse returns to star in Castle of Illusion, a fantastical reimagining of the Sega Genesis classic. When the evil witch Mizrabel kidnaps Minnie, it’s up to Mickey to brave the dangers of the Castle of Illusions to rescue Minnie. Gather your courage and traverse enchanted forests, take on hordes of rebellious toys and navigate mazes of living books. Play as Mickey and save Minnie from Mizrabel’s evil clutches.
Android Police coverage: [New Game] After Numerous Ports, Popular Platformer VVVVVV Arrives In The Android Dimension
VVVVVV takes the inverse gravity idea that's been slowly growing in popularity and builds a game around it. But this is no runner: it's a no-frills, hardcore platformer, with very little in the way of art and even less mercy. The main mechanic is changing your blocky character's gravity orientation on the fly, forcing you to think in three dimensions. Well, at least two and a half. You know what I mean. If you don't enjoy challenging games, you'd better pass on this one.
From the creator of Super Hexagon - VVVVVV, the hit 2010 indie platformer, now available on android. Winner of Indiecade's 2010 award for Most Fun/Compelling Game.
Android Police coverage: [New Game] Qvadriga Is An Excellent Tactical Chariot Racing Management Sim Going For $10
If your favorite part of Ben Hur was the chariot race, you're not alone. If you imagined what it would be like to organize a racing team based on ancient Roman guidelines, then you might be alone... but you're also the prime demographic for Qvadriga, quite possibly the only top-down chariot racer on Android. It's just as much strategy as it is racing, combining upgrades and moves for an effective season. Qvadriga is a pricey $10.
If you have come here it is because you wish to manage your own chariot racing team. Train your drivers and give them the finest equipment and horses. If you do this well, your chariots will provide you with both wealth and fame. but beware. Chariot races are dangerous. Accidents may occur and rival teams might try to harm your charioteers during the race. Make sure you do not grow too attached to your charioteers and always have a replacement available. Good luck.
Topia World Builder
There's not much to Topia. You're god with your own personal planet, and all you have to do is move upon the face of the waters. Or the grasslands. Or the mountains. Hey, it's your planet, move upon whatever you want. Your custom-made world will spawn plant and animal life, which you can guide or just watch. It's kind of like the most relaxing, interactive screensaver available.
Create gorgeous worlds with the touch of your fingers. From the Award Winning Studio Crescent Moon Games and Glenn Corpes, one of the creators of the original Populous series of games, comes TOPIA WORLD BUILDER, a unique world building sim, tailored for android devices. Topia World Builder is a world creation simulation. You become god and shape the land as you choose, by the use of touch controls. Swipe your finger to create mountains, valleys, rivers, and oceans.
Angry Birds Epic
Android Police coverage: [New Game] Angry Birds Epic Features Those Adorable Birds And Pesky Pigs In A Turn-Based RPG
Alright, I'll admit that limbless birds fighting pigs never made much sense in the first place, but a turn-based Angry Birds RPG is just ridiculous. Rovio is still unwilling to let its only real franchise die, and this is the result: a Paper Mario treatment for characters whose sole motivation is that they're angry. If you like both role-playing combat AND the Angry Birds cast, this might be something you'd enjoy... as long as you can stomach the heavy-handed in-app purchases.
NOTE: ART (the KitKat experimental runtime feature) it is not currently supported by Angry Birds Epic. We hope to include ART support in future updates. Get ready for a bird-tastic FREE RPG adventure filled with “weapons” (whatever they could get ahold of), magic, bad guys and silly hats. Lead your feathery team into battle now – it’s going to be EPIC. EPIC BATTLES. Turn-based battles between our heroic flock of warriors and those green snout-nosed scoundrels. It’s easy to play, but difficult to master.
Android Police coverage: [New Game] Fluid SE Is A Time-Trial Racer With A Dash Of Pac-Man
Radiangames gets a gold star for this fresh take on the highly specific "top-down view of circle-shaped things eating other circle-shaped things" genre, formerly dominated by Mr. and Mrs. Pac-Man. Fluid SE is technically a racer, though the time trial format and oddly-shaped tracks will have conventional fans scratching their heads. Zip along lines of dots to increase your speed, all while being chased by ghostly spectres. The game includes touch controls and Bluetooth controller support.
Fluid SE is a thrilling time-trial racer mixed with the arcade gameplay of Pac-Man, brought to you by Radiangames, creator of Inferno+, JoyJoy, Super Crossfire, and more. Speed through the mazes to collect the dots, find the optimal path, and avoid the swarms of spectres. In Fluid: Special Edition, you guide Streak (a speedy black fish) through 40 levels filled with dots, obstacles, and powerups.
Warhammer 40,000: Carnage
Warhammer's legacy comes from tabletop RPGs. Why, then, have its first two mobile games been a Plants Vs Zombies rip-off and a generic side-scroller? Carnage lets you play as a 'roided up and bloodthirsty space marine, shooting and slashing though the orcs, wizards, and unikitties found on the moon. (It's possible that I'm not familiar with Warhammer 40K's lore.) Be ready to pay up: this game is a steep $7 plus in-app currency purchases.
Run and gun through screaming hordes of frenzied enemies in this fast-moving, high powered,action side-scroller. Suit up your Space Marine and inflict untold damage to all in your path. Jump into the kick-ass Warhammer 40,000 universe with a Boltgun in one hand and a carnage-inducing Chainsword in the other, obliterating nasty little Orks in an stunning fantasy world. This lightning fast blood bath will push your Tablet or Phone to it’s limits so make sure that you’re running Jelly Bean 4.1 or higher (even better on Kit Kat 4.4.).
Android Police coverage: [New Game] Halfbrick's Band Stars Invites You To Form A Band, Rock Out, And Become A Star
Part management sim and part rhythm game, Band Stars will seem pretty familiar to fans of Kairosoft titles. You collect band members and improve their skills while playing simulated music before going on tour and earning the dough. Just don't expect Rock Band-quality music - the selections are fairly tame synthetic tracks from a handful of genres. It's free with in-app purchases, most of which are currency-based.
Form a band, hit the studio and start recording. Train up your band and complete challenges as you make your way to the top of the charts. Fame and fortune await. Set your sights on world stardom and make your way to the top of the local, national and global charts. Discover each of the 50 super-cool Band Stars characters and complete over 200 unique challenges. Created with passion by Six Foot Kid and presented by Halfbrick, the creators of Fruit Ninja and Jetpack Joyride.
Powerpuff Girls: Defenders
THE CITY... OF TOWNSVILLE. If those words bring years of memories to your mind, then you might be interested in this port of Cartoon Network's popular web game. The Powerpuff Girls fly through levels that mix side-scrolling shooter with an exploration platformer like Metroid. Each member of the Girl squad has different powers which open up different sections of the world map, and you'll need all three to beat Moooooooojojojo. But you won't need more than $4, since the game has no in-app purchases.
Use your arsenal of superpowers to stop Mojo Jojo's latest scheme in this POWERPUFF GIRLS ADVENTURE SHOOTER. Mojo Jojo has blasted the Powerpuff Girls with his Disremember Ray, which makes them forget how to use their superpowers. You'll have to explore the far reaches of Townsville to remember all your powers and take down that evil monkey. You'll start out playing as Buttercup, but you'll need to find and rescue Blossom and Bubbles, since each girl has a unique power that can unlock new areas of the map.
CN Superstar Soccer
Android Police coverage: [New Game] Cartoon Network Superstar Soccer Is Like Mario Super Strikers For Bad Cartoons
Seeing all the new cartoons the kids allegedly like these days makes me feel like a disaffected old man. Seeing them play soccer makes me feel like a disaffected American. In this port of a popular Unity web game, you play as one of Cartoon Network's new, bland stars commanding a field of a few blocky players against another cartoon character. At least this kid-friendly game includes online multiplayer and no in-app purchases.
Join all your favorite cartoons and defeat your competition to take home the biggest prize in the soccer world: The Superstar Soccer Championship Cup. Face a variety of challenging cartoon characters in the craziest, most colorful championship you've ever seen. Choose your captain from 8 different characters straight out of your favorite shows: Adventure Time, Regular Show, The Amazing World of Gumball and Ben 10.
Simon the Sorcerer 2
It's been just shy of a year since the original Simon the Sorcerer stepped through a magic portal to arrive on Android, and now the well-regarded sequel has followed it through. Number two was released in 1995, and it uses the same adventure framework and humorous storytelling as the original. This edition uses the voice acting from the CD-ROM version of the original release, along with German, Spanish, French, and Czech voices.
Following the success, media praises and high user ratings of the first game - Simon the Sorcerer (also available on Google Play), we proudly present its long-awaited sequel. Just when he thought his life was regaining some semblance of normality, Simon's wonder years are once again turned upside down when the evil sorcerer Sordid returns from the grave with only one thing on his mind - revenge.
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.
More astronauts should have beards. Beards make everything better. I'm going to assume that this guy's beard gives him the power to break the gravity of tiny planetoids in his platforming search for parts, bouncing along each one in parabolic arcs like a low-gravity Gummy Bear. The art style in Beyond Gravity is unique (maybe devs are finally losing their deathgrip on "8-bit") and the $2 one-button game has no in-app purchases.
Beyond Gravity is procedurally generated "platformer" where you jump in-between planets and try to collect as many pickups as you can. This gets progressively harder the further you jump. No need to worry tho as you can upgrade your character with loads of upgrades and power-ups. Take control of brave space explorer and hold out as long as you can while collecting missing parts of your spaceship. Never miss to build up crazy score multipliers.
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.
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).
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.
Rag doll physics are usually reserved for 3D games, because frankly, they look ridiculous in 2D. In Dragon Finga, they still look ridiculous, but that's part of the fun. You control your flopping fighter as he zips and yells across the screen, punching and kicking with swipe and tap controls. The game and rookie developer would have rated higher on this list, but it's crammed with disappointingly typical dual-currency IAPs, intrusive advertising, and annoying social networking pushes.
Dragon Finga is a unique Kung-Fu fighting game for all ages. TAKE DIRECT CONTROL of your own Dragon Warrior to take on infinite hordes of evil enemies.
• RACE against the clock and complete over 250 missions for fantastic rewards.
• UNLOCK new powers, locations and enemies as you climb the leaderboards to become the ultimate warrior.
• SPIN TO WIN before every battle for crazy and special Kung-Fu Meditation Boosts including Boxing Gloves, Vampire Bite and Bucket Helm.
• CUSTOMISE your warriors with collectable special items in the costume shop that can help boost your score and complete missions. Costumes include Samurai, Pirate, Panda and, of course, Dragon.
CalQ is a unique puzzle game, combining the time attack elements of Tetris and the sliding and math elements of 2048 and the like. You start at one spot, slide your finger along the grid, keeping track of the current total via addition, subtraction, and multiplication. Various game modes are available, plus Google Play Games leaderboards. CalQ is free, but you can get an ad-free version for just over a dollar.
CalQ is the most challenging and addicting math-based board game of the store, and it's ¡FREE. The goal is to solve as many target numbers as possible. How it works? Very simple, you just need combine as many cells as possible. The more combined cells, the more points you score. Cells can be positive (+1,+2, and +3), negative (-1,-2 and -3) and multiplier numbers (x2 or x3), or "stars", that will have big impact on boosting your final score.
Umai is a super-simple version of the tile matching game, like Bejeweled, but boiled down to its most basic element. Your pixelated character licks up matching sushi roles, getting as many in as few licks as possible. A power-up will let you chain multiple types of sushi together. I'm not a fan of the needlessly blocky art style, but I can't argue with the price: $1 with no in-app purchases.
UMAI. is a tasty sushi puzzle game. Chain sushi together to get combos and a high score - and try to avoid the poisonous ones, they don't taste very good. The rainbow ones, however, are quite delicious.
- 32x48 pixels of glorious lowres graphics.
- Six delicious sushi & a bad one.
- An ultra-flexible 12-way-tongue.
- Five different characters to choose from.
- Integrated local and world leaderboards.
- Tasty tunes by Acacio Ortas from France.
Train Town: Build & Explore
This developer was previously responsible for the Trainz series of painstaking sim games, but it seems they're aiming for a younger crowds with Train Town. The player is tasked with laying down a city where an inordinate amount of metropolitan transit occurs on the rails, in bright and happy primary colors. It has some surprisingly intuitive build and camera tools, and only one in-app purchase - just under $2 to unlock all available trains and buildable objects.
Train Town is traintastic fun for everyone. Build your world, choose your train, go on exciting adventures through cityscapes, jungles and deserts...and even crash and blow things up. From the makers of the top ranked My First Trainz Set, Trainz Driver and Trainz Simulator apps comes a whole new world of fun for young train fans (or the young at heart).With a few simple taps, anyone can make their first "Train Town" in seconds. Then jump into Drive mode to explore your creation and run trains for hours to come.
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.
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.
The first Dungelot made it into our roundup over a year ago. The sequel is back with better graphics, more heroes, more monsters, and of course, more loot. Gameplay is basically a role-playing version of Minesweeper, with a mix of luck and statistics determining whether you live to fight another day or die in inglorious poverty. Whether you do or not, there will be another hero ready to take your place, thanks to the roguelike setup.
How long can you last? Explore dark dungeons and hack and slash your way to treasure through hordes of bloodthirsty monsters eager to eat you for lunch. Dungelot 2 is a remarkably simple and engaging roguelike. Develop your character, find and upgrade equipment, hunt for treasure and useful items, and, above all, survive. Perfect for quick breaks and brief play sessions. Dungeon dives last 5-10 minutes.
Gameloft, one of the more derivative mobile publishers around, seems to have delivered an original take on the tired RPG-puzzle mashup. Dungeon Gems' sliding mechanic is fresh, and the graphics in the action area above are top notch. Collector types should be in hog heaven, since the game includes an eye-popping 220 heroes and multiplayer asynchronous combat to show them off. Too bad the game uses the typical currency IAP angle.
Join players from all around the world in a free game filled with dragons, fantasy, and puzzle action. Experience thrilling, fast-paced puzzle gameplay with strategic RPG-style role management. Drag your finger over Elemental Runes. Link them in the puzzle to trigger magical Rune attacks from your heroes. Link like-colored Runes to launch focused attacks or… Link differently colored Runes to unleash devastating multi-element Rune attacks. But beware: These will cost you precious Action Points.
Bardadum: The Kingdom Roads
You've got to respect a game where the main character rocks his lute so hard that he puts hair metal bands to shame. In this puzzle game you guide various fantasy characters around a grid, guiding each one to their target items and away from traps and pitfalls. According to the description, there are 500 surprisingly colorful sliding puzzles contained in the Mario-style overworld map.
Once upon a time... Bardadum: The Kingdom Roads, a puzzle video game set in a humorous medieval world. The game is simple, accessible, and based upon the player's common sense and observation. Follow the story of two friends: a bard and a knight traveling through the Bardadum kingdom. May their quest become yours. Help 16 characters find their respective objects without blocking the paths of other characters.
Come oooooooon, Blizzard, release the Android version of Hearthstone already. If you're as impatient with the free-to-play card game as I am, perhaps you'll use SolForge (which has the same basic Magic: The Gathering structure) to tide you over. This fleshed-out trading card game features online multiplayer, a deck builder, and a tournament mode. The summoned creatures in the game can "level up," a la the evolutions in the Pokemon trading card game, but you'll have to pay extra to build your collection quickly.
SolForge is a free-to-play digital collectible game in which players construct their own decks to challenge their friends or battle against the computer. The current open beta version includes deckbuilding, collection management, online play, AI opponents, tournaments, drafts, and more. Players can customize their decks with cards from their collection that they can earn through gameplay or purchase from the store. Try it now absolutely free.
Dragons: Rise of Berk
How To Train Your Dragon was one of the best animated movies in recent years, and the sequel is surprisingly good as well. So naturally Dreamworks wants to cash in with mobile games. Unfortunately, the originality on display in the movies isn't really here: it's the same village building game you've seen for almost every movie property in the last few years. The dragon breeding aspect might appeal to fans of the movies or TV series, but that's about it.
Build your OWN Berk. Rescue, hatch and train your favorite DreamWorks Dragons. Explore uncharted lands in a vast Viking world. Join Hiccup, Toothless and the gang to protect your village from the mysterious strangers that threaten peace on Berk. Who are they? And, what do they want from your harmonious homeland? Train your DreamWorks Dragons successfully and they’ll reveal new powers that will help to ensure the future of your island.
Horde of Heroes
Look, devs, Puzzle Quest came out years ago. There have been innumerable clones since then. You need something new and interesting to get people to look twice at your RPG-Bejeweled mashup, and no, "retro" pixelated visuals do not count. This one comes from Noodlecake, which means it'll at least be a decent game in its own right, and it includes co-op multiplayer play. However, standard in-app purchases for loot and power-ups is a little off-putting.
Hordes of Heroes is a Free To Play Match-3 RPG placing the player in the role of a medieval Hero whose quest is to set out and save the kingdom from evil doers, ne’er-do-wells and generally unsavory characters. Along the way, you can unlock new powers, gain new loot for over 1 million different combinations of equipment, and find real-life friends on the battlefields to help you in your quests.
Move over DogeCoin: there's a new idiotic meme cash-in in town.
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.
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