July saw the release of what's probably the biggest (or at the very least, the most high-profile) game of the year: Modern Combat 5. You can check out Ryan's review here, but there are a lot of other entries to Android's game catalog that you should consider playing. Our top seven picks from this month are below, in no particular order, with honorable mentions thrown in as well. Students, load up on them so you'll have something to play
in class on the bus.
Stop reading this roundup and go read Ryan Whitwam's review of Leo's Fortune. Tl;dr (you jerk): it's an old-fashioned platformer with great controls, some clever puzzles, and drop-dead gorgeous 2D visuals. If you want to see the exact opposite of the overplayed "pixel" art that doesn't seem to be going away, download Leo's Fortune and play a few levels. It's five bucks well spent.
Leo’s Fortune is an award-winning platform adventure game where you hunt down the cunning and mysterious thief that stole your gold. Beautifully hand-crafted levels bring the story of Leo to life in this epic adventure. Voyage through lush environments from mossy forests and arid deserts, to pirate cities and snowy mountains. Survive vicious traps and solve physics-based puzzles through 24 levels of treacherous platform adventure.
Wayward Souls is an action-RPG that remembers its past while being made for the present. The game looks like it's straight off of the SNES (aside from some rather spiffy lighting effects), but the gesture and tap controls are designed to make the best use possible of modern touchscreens. That Dark Souls vibe you're getting from the grim atmosphere probably isn't an accident - the game is crazy difficult. It's $5 with no IAP, and more content planned in later updates.
Wayward Souls is an action-adventure game built for quick playthroughs and massive amounts of replay value. It was inspired by Spelunky, Secret of Mana, and our previous game, Mage Gauntlet. Procedurally generated random levels mean that every time you play the game, it's a different experience. Control one of six characters, all with their own unique playstyles, abilities, and equipment. Explore and fight for survival, in combat where your tactics, positioning, and timing matter.
99 Bricks Wizard Academy
Flip Tetris on its head and throw in some physics, and you'd get something like 99 Bricks. The original Flash game had you building the tallest tower possible with just 99 Tetris bricks, with only pesky gravity and timing getting in your way. The mobile re-release adds magic spells and jealous wizards to help and hinder you, and removes the artificial limitation. It's wickedly addicting for anyone looking for a fresh take on an old formula.
99 Bricks Wizard Academy is a fun and magical physics builder. Can you build the highest tower? Explore a magical world and learn powerful spells to improve your building skills. Do you have what it takes to become the wizard of legends? Defy gravity with intuitive one-touch controls and enjoy endless physics tower building. Meet Big Barry, Harry Hawk and all the others. They’re a jealous bunch who’ll try to mess up your creations, but that won’t stop you.
If some insane man with a jigsaw decided to turn children's wooden toys into Rubik's cubes because he just hated joy, then someone else decided to kindly undo his handiwork, you'd have something like Lost Toys. It's your job to twist, turn, and re-arrange a series of mobiles into their intended shapes, all while trying not to gawk at the drop-dead gorgeous visuals or cry at the oh-so-atmospheric music. Lost Toys is three dollars for 32 levels with no in-app purchases.
Lost Toys is a mentally engaging 3D puzzle game of profound beauty, depth and challenge. Toys are lost, broken, or forgotten. Fixing them promises to right this hauntingly gorgeous chamber and restore the childhood innocence that has been lost. It’s also the first game from the two-person indie team Barking Mouse Studio. Spiral down to discover a surreal world populated by discarded, mixed-up toys hanging lifelessly from the ceiling. Reconstruct the jumbled toys to reveal their original shapes to progress through 4 chapters and 32 levels in this gothic masterpiece.
INDY 500 Arcade Racing
It's been over a year and a half since ExZues developer HyperDevBox released a new game, but last week they came out of nowhere and surprised us with an officially-licensed racing title. This game lets you zip around the famous Indianapolis racetrack in blisteringly fast open-wheeled cars, either in a standard single-player campaign or via a local Bluetooth multiplayer connection. The graphics are impressive and simulation-like, but the gameplay is a little floaty, more like an arcade racer.
Feeling the Nostalgia of playing Real Arcade Racing games ? Don't look further... INDY 500® Arcade Racing does bring back the fun of the retro Arcade atmosphere whilst using today's latest technology. In cooperation with Indianapolis Motor Speedway, We are proud to introduce (exclusive for Android worldwide), the official INDY 500® track and 33 meticulously-detailed open-wheel INDY cars.Moving at speeds well over 200mph, INDY 500® Arcade Racing features jaw-dropping 3D graphics and an adrenaline-pumping driving experience.
Kapsula looks like a racing game, but plays more like a mix between an endless runner and a puzzler. You control a capsule running along a retro-futuristic Soviet highway, trying to smash extraneous capsules against obstacles of the same color. The gameplay is simple and only increases in difficulty at higher speeds, but the unique visuals and music make it more interesting than anything else on this list, at least in short bursts.
Kapsula is a puzzle/racer set in a Soviet space colony full of clones.
- Retrofuturistic Soviet space colonies!
- Brutalist architecture in deep space!
- More clones!
- Background story filled with SF elements!
- Even more clones!
- The game changes according to the moment of the day you're playing it!
- Original OST by TranceCyberian.
- Drawings by Fernando Martínez Ruppel.
Modern Combat 5: Blackout
Touchscreens aren't ideal for shooters, but bless Gameloft's little cotton socks, they're trying. The Modern Combat series is the most ambitious (if not exactly original) shooter on the platform, and the fifth installment is easily the best yet. Dedicated gamers will be glad to know that there are no in-app purchases... but that concession is unfortunately compounded by an always-online requirement, even in the extended single-player mode. Two steps forward, one step back.
Step into the action as the latest installment in the best FPS series raises the bar for shooter games once more! Create a squad, add your friends and test your individual and team skills against other squads in dynamic multiplayer warfare! Is single player your thing? Then step into a world on the brink of anarchy and shoot your way out of one dire situation after another to expose a lunatic who’s trying to tear the world to shreds.
- Superfrog HD
- Thomas Was Alone
- Fish Out Of Water
- The King of Fighters '98
- Broken Sword 5: Episode 2
- ReactionLab 2
- Bug Heroes 2
- Guardians of the Galaxy: TUW
- Magic 2015
July also saw the release of NVIDIA's high-powered SHIELD Tablet, made especially for Android gamers. We didn't include any of the games that accompanied the launch here, because only a small portion of players will have access to them. You can check out Cameron's impressions of the amazing Trine 2 and other titles in his full review. That's all for July - remember to check back daily for new games, or wait for our bi-weekly roundups.