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Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android applications, games, and live wallpapers that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous 2 weeks or so.

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Featured App

Bubble Birds Quest

Today's roundup is brought to you by Bubble Birds Quest From Banda Games. In this hybrid puzzle-shooter, you use Breakout-style physics to clear the board of similar-colored birds, racking up huge combos with carefully-chosen shots. The game uses familiar mechanics for anyone who's a fan of of the "bubble shooter" style, and periodic updates add new special birds, upgrades, and challenges.

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Join the entire Bubble Birds crew for their latest adventure and play the BEST-looking bubble shooter match-3 puzzle game on Google Play.

Bubble Birds Quest features:

  • ADVENTURE through 40+ levels across many GORGEOUS hand-drawn locations.
  • score HUGE bonuses and MAX OUT your multipliers to beat your friends’ high scores.
  • extremely CHALLENGING but REWARDING puzzles on every level.
  • HARNESS the power of the special birds.
  • FREE updates with new levels, new birds, obstacles, power-up boosts and challenges.
  • easy to learn, challenging to master.
  • contains in-app purchases

 

 

 

Bubble Birds Quest on the Google Play Store

Games

Modern Combat 5: Blackout

Android Police review: Modern Combat 5 Review: A Mobile Shooter Loaded With An Extended Magazine Of Caveats

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.

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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.

Trine 2: Complete Story

Android Police coverage: Upcoming SHIELD Games Include Trine 2, War Thunder, The Talos Principle, And More

Trine 2 is only for the SHIELD Tablet, and that's a shame, because it's a beautiful and unique platformer. In this PC port you play as a mage, a warrior, and a rogue, switching out each character at any time to use their various skills to traverse the fantastic landscape. At its heart it's a combination of the typical platformer and puzzle game, but the presentation makes it one of the best-looking games on Android... and you'll pay for that, too, since it's $14 (with a sizeable discount at the time of writing).

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Trine 2: Complete Story is a beautiful, award-winning sidescrolling game of action, puzzles and platforming, now available on Android. Play as the three Heroes - Amadeus the Wizard, Zoya the Thief, and Pontius the Knight - and join their adventure through dangers untold in a fantastical fairytale world, including physics-based puzzles using fire, water, gravity and magic; wicked goblins and their evil plan; and a magical environment full of wonder.

Thomas Was Alone

Android Police coverage: [New Game] Thomas Was Alone, But Now He And His Friends Are On Android For $3.99

Thomas Was Alone is a unique and stylish platformer that mixes incredibly simple graphics with strangely fancy effects. The story is interesting as well, combining a simple narrative with haunting themes and characters that are about as engaging as a collection of rectangles possibly could be. The Android version of this indie favorite includes 20 bonus levels, but some players might chafe at the $6 price for a game that's undeniably simple.

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Meet Thomas, a curious rectangle, and help him unravel the mysteries of his existence in a wonderfully strange world. Experience 100 levels of award-winning platform gameplay and take part in an emotional story narrated by Danny Wallace.

  • Includes FREE ‘Benjamin’s Flight’ level pack, giving you more story and 20 additional levels to play through with young Benjamin, who goes in search of the Fountain of Wisdom aided by his father's incredible invention.
  • Experience the BAFTA winning, million selling game from creator Mike Bithell on Android tablets and phones.
  • A minimalist game about friendship and jumping
  • 100 levels, one immersive journey
  • Award winning story narrated by Danny Wallace

ReactionLab 2

Android Police coverage: [New Game] ReactionLab 2 Is A Sandbox Game That Lets Your Inner Mad Scientist Out To Play

This game takes the concept of "physics" to a whole new level. The original and ReactionLab 2 are very similar to The Sandbox, with a more open-ended format and no in-app purchases. Dozens of "elements" (basic building blocks and tools) allow players to create a staggering number of scenarios, everything from a basic water cycle to complex machines and reactions, all in a 2D pixelated playing space. The sequel includes a better saving system, zoomable space, and a rewind function.

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ReactionLab 2 is a critically acclaimed 8-bit particle sandbox, and quite possibly the best game of its type on Android. Let your inner mad scientist shine by drawing elements onto the canvas and watching them interact in real time. Featuring well over 50 elements, hundreds of different particle types, and nearly 80 achievements to attain. There are endless creative possibilities and undiscovered combinations. Try to find every reaction, or just build something awesome, it's up to you.

THE KING OF FIGHTERS '98

Android Police coverage: [New Game] SNK Playmore Brings The King Of Fighters '98 Classic 2D Hit To Android For $3.99

It seems like SNK isn't going to rest until every one of their various King of Fighters titles comes to Android. In their defense, KOF 98 is generally regarded as the best of the classic 2D fighters, and this port of the NEOGEO version contains an impressive 38 characters. While these games still lack online support, you can at least beat the crap out of your (very) close friends over Bluetooth. KOF 98 includes two virtual control schemes and no in-app purchases.

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“KOF ‘98” is praised among KOF fans around the world as being the ultimate compilation of “KOF ‘94” ~ “KOF ‘97” titles and for its fantastic game balance. Moreover, this perfect port of “KOF ‘98” features 2 different gameplay modes, “EXTRA” & “ADVANCED”, and also includes a “TRAINING MODE” where you can master all your combos. “KOF ‘98” is also compatible with Bluetooth game controllers for the best gameplay experience ever.!

Kapsula

Android Police coverage: [New Game] Kapsula Is A Futuristic And Colorful Soviet-Inspired Puzzle Game That Looks Like A Racer

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.

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Kapsula is a puzzle/racer set in a Soviet space colony full of clones.

  • Retrofuturistic Soviet space colonies!
  • Clones!
  • 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.

The Inner World

Android Police coverage: [New Game] Headup Games' Hand-Drawn Adventure 'The Inner World' Provides All The Warm Fuzzies You Can Fit Inside $4.99

The Inner World is an ambitious adventure game in the old style - full cartoon-style animation, voice acting, and a surprisingly deep world to explore. Originally released in German on the PC, this Android version has English text and acting just about everywhere. The story centers on a tiny subterranean world with visual design that's not quite like anything else out there at the moment. The game is a reasonable $5 with no in-app purchases.

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Robert is a novice, a bit clueless, but with a heart of gold. He lives a peaceful life as a court musician in Asposia's largest wind monastery. Contrary to the laws of physics, Asposia is an enormous, hollow space surrounded by an infinite expanse of earth. The world's air is provided through three wind fountains, but as one wind fountain after the other petered out and the wind gods came to Asposia, all of the sudden Robert found him in the middle of a whirlwind.

Broken Sword 5: Episode 2

Android Police coverage: [New Game] Broken Sword 5: Episode 2 Continues The Story Of The Serpent's Curse

Good God, is Broken Sword still going? Apparently this series didn't get its fill of colorful noir adventure gaming in the first Broken Sword 5, so it's back for another non-sequential round. Still, Episode 2 has the impressive visuals, voice acting, and passable puzzles that players have come to expect, following the rather tame adventures of George and Nicole. To finish off the story you'll need to pay six dollars, but there are no in-app purchases.

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Episode Two ramps up the drama, as the game progresses: the adventure bursting out from Paris and London, taking the player on to stunning locations throughout Spanish Catalonia and to the Middle East and the birthplace of civilization.

  • The latest in the smash hit multi-million selling Broken Sword series
  • Gripping story, engaging puzzles, voiced by a top quality cast
  • Highly acclaimed 'slide and tap' interface – simple but hugely powerful
  • Context-sensitive help system – access hints to solve even the hardest puzzles

Bloodstroke

Android Police coverage: [New Game] John Woo's Bloodstroke, A John Woo Game By John Woo, Is A Top-Down Shooter Set In A Sumi-e Painting

This game is ostensibly created by John Woo. If you can't tell from reading the app description and the game logo, there's a giant painting of John Woo's head in place of a leading screenshot. But I've got to give credit where it's due: this bit of ultra-violent top-down shooting and stabbing is one of the more stylish games on Android at the moment. You play an invincible female bodyguard who flows through bad guys like the wind protecting her vulnerable client. International readers, here's your link.

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Legendary filmmaker John Woo presents his action-packed mobile debut, Bloodstroke. Gun in one hand, a blade in the other, Private Security Agent, Mai Lee – codenamed Lotus, shoots and slices through the street of Hong Kong and Beijing to ensure the safety of her first assignment. This app offers in-app purchases. You may restrict in-app purchasing using your device settings.

Blood Bowl

Android Police coverage: [New Game] PC Favorite Blood Bowl Brings New Meaning To The Term 'Fantasy Football'

Blood Bowl isn't a sports game with fantasy RPG elements, it's a tactical RPG with an American Football framing device. You play as one team of 11 fantasy standards, moving each player in a turn-based fashion, with throwing, running, and tackling replacing standard attacks. Warhammer fans will recognize a lot of the lore, but others can look at it as a general send-up of the token Tolkien style. It's just too bad that a $5 game insists on in-app purchases for four out of the six playable races.

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Blood Bowl is the adaptation of the famous Warhammer Fantasy football board game created by Games Workshop. Assemble your team from among six fantastic races* in the Warhammer universe (Humans, Orcs, Dwarfs, Skaven, Wood Elves and Chaos). Each race has its own strengths, weaknesses and numerous opportunities to develop which will lend an immense tactical depth to the game.

ExaGear Strategies

Android Police coverage: ExaGear Strategies Allows Strategy Fans To Play Some Old-School PC Titles On Their Phones And Tablets

ExaGear isn't a game in and of itself, it's an emulator designed to play ancient Windows strategy games. The system needs game files from a legally-obtained game in order to function, but once you set it up, it emulates a mouse and keyboard and runs most sprite-based strategy games... with greater or lesser degrees of accuracy. You can try it out for free, but in order to use one of the two intricate control systems, you'll have to pay $7 each for them.

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ExaGear Strategies is an emulator for Android which allows you to run PC games on Android devices. ExaGear Strategies is the version of ExaGear Mobile with customization of controls for strategy games. NOTE that no games are included in this application and this application does not work without your own PC game files.

Current controls are customized and adapted for:
• Heroes of Might and Magic 3 (controls ‘Helium’ are recommended)
• Disciples 2 (controls ‘Helium’ are recommended)
• Civilization 3 (controls ‘Cuprum’ are recommended)
The list of tested and adapted games will increase.
For more details visit http://eltechs.com/en/product/exagear-mobile/exagear-strategies/

Snap Attack®

Android Police coverage: [New Game] Microsoft Releases Snap Attack Word-Building Puzzle Game Into The Play Store

Snap Attack is... well, it's Boggle and Scrabble combined. That's about all you can say about the format: you've got to create crossword-style word forms with the given layout in the time allotted. In each game you're also playing against hundreds of real opponents, albeit in an asynchronous leaderboard style. It's an interesting little diversion, made more interesting since it comes from Microsoft and integrates with Xbox Live.

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Snap Attack ™ is a brand-new, fast-paced word-building tournament that challenges your brain in 2 1/2-minute rounds. Players from around the world compete on the same board, using the same clock, making as many Snaps as possible. At the end of each round, a real-time leaderboard shows how all participants ranked by score. In Snap Attack, score points by building words with colored movable letter tiles that connect to fixed black letter tiles on the game board.

The Great Prank War

Android Police coverage: [New Game] Cartoon Network Releases The Regular Show-Based Game The Great Prank War For $3 With No IAPs

Cartoon Network's Android games (most of which are re-releases of web mini-games) have been plentiful and decent as of late. Their latest is based on the nigh-incomprehensible Regular Show, and it's a combination of standard tower defense and beat-em-up. You'll use the various characters as super-units with unique abilities in the form of "pranks" - think in terms of a water balloon war and you're pretty close. The game is three bucks with no in-app purchases. It's also available on Amazon.

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Help Mordecai, Rigby, Muscle Man, Skips and your other Regular Show favorites take the park back from Gene and his goons with a plethora of prank-related powers. When Gene, the manager of rival park East Pines, gets his hands on a time machine, he goes back in time so he can win the Great Prank War and take over the park. Now it's up to our heroes to take it back, but it won't be easy. The game also features awesome new Regular Show character designs and animation styles for maximum prankiness.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Android Police coverage: [New Game] The Official Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Movie Tie-In Game Is Here To Mock Your Childhood, But At Least It's Not An Endless Runner

Words can't express how bad the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie looks. Ugh. Cleanse your palate with the official tie-in game, which has the awful new character designs, but also has some old-fashioned beat-em-up gameplay. The game is actually more like Combo Crew than the old TMNT console games (it's made by the same developer), so there's some surprisingly deep gameplay in the tie-in for what's sure to be the summer's most shallow licensed movie. Is that worth four bucks and currency-based in-app purchases? You decide, dude.

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Download the all new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Official Movie Game. Take back the streets of NYC with the most shell-tastic team of secret superdudes EVER. Play as Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello or Raphael and activate fierce Ninjutsu attacks against the Foot Clan, bosses, and mutants. It’s time to protect the city.

FEATURES:
• The official mobile game for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Movie
• Blockbuster action with Leo, Mikey, Donnie and Raph
• Exciting and intuitive combat controls immerse you in the game
• Jump, spin, punch, and kick waves of street gangs, mutants, Foot Clan, and legendary bosses
• Upgrade each turtle with unique ninjutsu attacks, weapons, training, and boosts like the Freak Streak and Whack Attack
• Chain attacks to trigger an awesome TURTLE POWER mini-game and fight up close with ALL 4 TURTLES

Super Heavy Sword

Super Heavy Sword is a shiny, happy little Mario clone with a heavy dose of Ghosts & Goblins, thanks to tough multi-hit enemies and equipment upgrades. It's also a good example of how to do a retro platformer right: notice how it uses pixel graphics without making things overly simple or "8-bit?" Yeah, that's nice. Latter levels include tons of collectibles, more playable characters, and the titular Super Heavy Sword. The game is very reasonably priced at $2 with no in-app purchases. There's also a free version.

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Get Ready to Get HEAVY. Monster Robot Studios presents SUPER Heavy Sword. The sequel to the smash hit HEAVY sword which has been downloaded over 1/2 million times. Take control of Pike or Princess Lucinda and set out to rescuer the kid's 5 kids. explore a massive world with loads to discover. Super Heavy Sword is a Action platformed inspired by nintendo SNES and NES classics like Super Mario world, mario bros 3 and zelda.

Cosmonautica (EARLY ACCESS)

Cosmonautica is probably as close as we're ever going to get to a real Futurama game. In this science fiction romp you manage and expand your cosmic corporate empire, by which I mean one crappy ship. Buy low and sell high in an impressively cartoony 3D world, managing your crew and fighting off the various brigands that wait between stations. It's part Sims and part Space Trader, but it's all early access, so be prepared to encounter a few bugs in the EPS manifold.

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Cosmonautica is a fresh genre mix in a quirky and humorous universe, paired with funky space tunes for your intergalactic enjoyment. You will be an aspiring captain on the hunt for fame and fortune. Are you ready for some hilarious adventures in outer space? Cosmonautica combines elements of space trading and life simulation to create an unique experience. Only if you take good care of your crew you will be able to succeed.

Jacob Jones : Prologue

Jacob Jones is an odd mix of puzzles and story. It's all about this doe-eyed little kid who meets a friendly sasquatch at summer camp, and the simple plot advances with a charming graphical style that makes everything look like it's made out of cardboard. The puzzles serve as the "levels" that might be found in other games, but there's no set pattern - you'll play a match-three puzzle one stage, then a sliding block puzzle, and so on. This "prologue" chapter is free (with IAP for hints and skips), but the first full episode costs $2.55.

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A small boy, his big new friend, and a huge problem. Join Camp Eagle Feathers’ newest ‘Brave’, Jacob Jones, on an amazing adventure to uncover just what is going on at Camp Eagle Feather on a summer vacation he will never forget. Discover what’s lurking in the forest at night, why Mr Grimmel is so angry, what’s in ‘The Cooler’? and exactly what is wrong with Billy Jackson?

  • A beautiful, interactive 3D world for Jacob to explore.
  • Challenging, brain teasing interactive puzzles created by some of the worlds leading puzzle designers.
  • An original story written by the BAFTA nominated George Poles.
  • A cast of weird and wonderful characters to interact with, each with full voice over.
  • Tilt and touch your Phone or Tablet to find hidden objects throughout the world.

Munin

The main character of Munin is one of Odin's mythical ravens whose wings have been torn off. The now earthbound Munin must navigate across the platforming world, spinning and rotating the landscape to progress and solve puzzles. The game's background story and art are interesting, and 81 levels should make for quite a bit of playtime, but reviews of the recent PC release say that the gameplay is a one-trick pony. If you want something pretty and distracting, Munin might be worth your three dollars.

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Imagine you could move mountains - literally. With realistic physics, Norse runes, rotating platforms and a lot of gray cells you'll help Munin, Odin's messenger in her very own 2D-adventure, to reclaim her power on a journey through Yggdrasil. Munin the raven, faithful messenger to Odin, now stands stripped of wings and transformed by Loki into a mortal girl. Flightless and determined, she will stride through the nine worlds of Yggdrasil to reclaim the lost feathers and return to Asgard.

Devious Dungeon

The latest title from retro experts Ravenous doesn't stray far from their comfort zone. In Devious Dungeon you'll hack and slash your way through randomly-generated stages, assisted by the developer's tight controls and RPG mechanics for loot and leveling. If you've played League of Evil or Random Heroes there's nothing here you haven't seen, but the "8-bit" graphics seem to have been upgraded to 16. In-app purchases for extra currency are annoying, but don't seem to be requisite to win.

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Devious Dungeon is a medieval action platforming game by the creators of Random Heroes and League of Evil. The catacombs under the Kingdom are infested with evil creatures. You must venture deep within the dungeons eliminating the threat. Slay monsters, collect loot, level up and upgrade your gear. Only a true champion will be victorious.

Super Tank Arena Battles

Super Tank Arena Battles is basically what Battlezone would be, if it was a 2D game with a top-down perspective. Essentially a twin-stick shooter with some motion restrictions (because of the treads, you see) and arbitrary obstacles, the game has simple graphics and levels that will nonetheless overwhelm you with multiple enemies at once. It's not for the faint of heart - no, to finish it off, you'll need to be a magnificent bastard. But you won't need to spend any money.

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Fight with endless waves of enemies in this colorful arena shooter. You can play in one of five game modes:

  • Survival
  • Catch the Flag
  • One on One
  • Mines Rush
  • Hardcore Survival

Collect bonuses, upgrade your tank and crush your opponents. Compete in online leaderboard with daily, weekly and all the time results. You will die often... very often...

Watercolors

Listen, folks. I do these roundups all the time. About 15-20 games a week make the final cut. You have no idea how many puzzle games I have to look at, most of which get subsequently passed over. So when I say that Watercolors uses an original idea, you can be sure that it is a very sincere compliment. Check the video to get an idea of the color-mixing linear gameplay. The game is free, with reasonable in-app purchases for extra levels and "hints." It even has a special mode for colorblind players... which must have been something of a challenge to make.

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Watercolors: the mind-painting puzzle game. Mix red, yellow and blue to paint your way through hundreds of challenging levels. Fill the glowing circles with the indicated color to complete each puzzle. Just wait and see what happens when you combine all three colors, it might BLOW your mind. Keep your mind sharp and have fun playing with colors. Experience the almost magical feeling of dragging and combining colors.

SPINRUSH

Spinrush is a deceptively simple game that has a new sp... er, take on the Tempest-style shooter. Your ship moves constantly in a circle while the beams beneath it spin opposite. Shoot when the beams that match your current color are weak and you'll clear them. Clear them all and you get a time bonus. The targets get smaller as the layers get thicker, and messing up means losing time. It's simple and addictive - you'll need excellent timing and reflexes to rack up the points.

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Test your skills with this addictive and extremely easy to control arcade game in which you'll have to destroy discs that are the same color as your ship. It may seem easy at first, but the discs will spin faster and faster and it'll become a total challenge that will get you hooked while you fight for a new high score.

• Neverending arcade game that will test your eye-hand coordination like no other.
• Easy to control and highly addictive
• Access Frenzy Mode to get more points
• Check your scores and upload the best one
• Unlock achievements

Solarmax 2

The original Solarmax was a browser game, a sort of mix between a simplified Civilization and Wing Commander: Armada, minus the space combat. In the sequel you'll have to colonize planets, gather resources, and build armies in a real-time strategy style, but thanks to the planet-to-planet format, it's much more streamlined than it might otherwise be. The graphics say "zen," but the bad guys will kill you dead if you hesitate. Solarmax 2 is just shy of $3 with no in-app purchases.

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The battle for Earth is over. Now, the war for the galaxy has begun. You must win every battle swiftly, decisively, and permanently. Command our fleet and lead us to victory. Solarmax is a streamlined strategy game of interplanetary war. Colonize planets, build hundreds of starships, and use superior tactics to overwhelm your opponents.

  • Aggressive and unforgiving AI
  • 36 missions of increasing difficulty
  • 3 speed settings: half, normal, and double speed
  • Intuitive controls and interface
  • Beautiful HD graphics
  • Original music score

Might & Mayhem

As you might have guessed from the title, Might & Mayhem gets a lot of its inspiration from the old Might & Magic games. The mobile game keeps the party-based combat and RPG loot system, but the mood is much more like Clash of Clans, as is the focus on online multiplayer. Players who pick strategy over brute strength will have an advantage in the boss-filled single player campaign... and they'll still get stomped by the one kid who loads up on in-app purchases in multiplayer.

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Get ready for Might & Mayhem, an arcade-style battle strategy game with live PvP battles and epic single-player quests. Assemble your team of knights, bandits, wizards, goblins, robots and monsters and strike out for adventure. Create new strategies with different fighter combinations and customize your troops with battle-changing items to destroy the competition and loot them for treasure.

Flux 2: Puzzle & Brain Game

Flux 2 is very much like a slower and more methodical version of Sega's Chu Chu Rocket... or if that's a bit dated for you, it's like Where's My Water without the physics. You've got to manipulate the various tiles on the board to get the "flow" to the appropriate place, with the fewest possible taps or moves granting the highest scores. Larger boards are more difficult, and time trials and online leaderboards flesh out the simple concept.

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Flux 2: Puzzle & Brain Game is the sequel of the successful and minimalistic free puzzle game Flux: Flow Puzzle. Simple, but highly addictive. Keeps you busy for hours. Test your brain and complete the flow to finish the level. But be aware. Every block you turn will cost you 1 step. Don't waste too many steps as you will get lower points. 625 challenging levels to train your brain, in multiple sizes: get in the flow and start puzzling. Fun 100% guaranteed.

Primitives Puzzle in Time

Primitives is basically a maze game, but the unconventional stages have earned it a place on this list. The stage will move as you progress the basic shapes through space and around walls. Obstacles and variables will increase across 90 levels. It's simple, but fans of "zen" games will find a lot to like. A one-time $1 purchase will open up the full game, and $2 opens it up and removes the advertising.

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Journey through time with Primitives. Challenge time and space in this all new puzzle game. Experience complex, yet intuitive puzzles, as you travel through beautiful dimensions, draw innovative doodles and shapes, and move in harmony to original zen music. Drag the primitives and - shapes through a beautiful dimension to find your way out of each enigma. Interact with shapes, colors and triggers, prevent collisions and smash time bubbles to save trapped stars. Go back in time and change paths to solve puzzles.

Don't Touch The Spikes

It's like Flappy Bird. With spikes. In every direction at once. Oh God, what did we do to deserve this?

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Make the little bird fly. Don't touch the spikes. How far can you make it?

Let There Be Life

In Let There Be Life, you build trees. That's it. But you're a benevolent forest spirit, so the object is to build big, complex trees in a jigsaw style without letting the 2D branches block out the light going to the flowers below. The visuals are designed to look like a watercolor painting, with a relaxing, no-stress structure.

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Let There Be Life is an award-winning relaxing experience that allows you to build trees and play with wildlife...just don't put too much shadow on the plants below. The strategy of Let There Be Life is to chill and relax. Let your creativity and inner-artist take over, building the trees that you want to see in the game's 34 levels. Featuring fun and interactive wildlife unlockables as the player progresses through the levels, in a calm watercolor environment.

Gear Jack Black Hole

This is the second game in the Gear Jack series of endless running platformers, which star a robot with an uncanny resemblance to Marvin from Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. The new entry has better graphics and more levels, but if you've played similar games, there's not really anything new in this iteration.

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Gear Jack is back, in an all new endless adventure with beautifully stylized graphics. Jack is trapped inside the Black Hole, and he's running to save his life. He will have to travel through time and space to take on lethal alien enemies, crazy traps, and more. To make things worse, his ship, the W.Hale was absorbed by the Black Hole too. And now all kinds of mechanical traps are floating around in the Black Hole.

Saber's Edge

Saber's Edge is a pretty standard match-3 puzzle-slash-role-playing-game (man, who thought that would get old?) that's currently exclusive to the Amazon Fire Phone. The game uses the unique perspective hardware to let you "peek" around corners on the puzzle playing field... which could have been achieved just as easily with a swipe or a button. So, yeah, enjoy.

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Avast, matey! Crew up your skyship for action, adventure and glory on the Seven Skies in Saber's Edge! Saber's Edge is a strategic match-3 puzzle game that allows you to chain attacks, plan your defenses, and defeat your enemies like never before! You can outmaneuver, outflank and outlast your enemies to become the most renowned Raiders across the entire Seven Skies! Use Dynamic Perspective to peek around corners, and to plan your attacks to release devastating chained combos.

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Saber's Edge - Amazon Appstore

To-Fu Fury

To-Fu Fury is a platformer staring a sentient piece of tofu, combining some basic puzzle solving with Fruit Ninja combat. Like Saber's Edge, the exclusive feature is that you can use the Amazon Fire Phone's cameras to get a new perspective, letting you see forward, up, or down across the 3D stage (which still plays out in 2D). So yes, it's a gimmick designed almost exclusively for this hardware.

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To-Fu Fury is a fast-paced, action-packed take on the puzzle-platform genre. Use the Amazon Fire’s ground-breaking Dynamic Perspective to solve crafty physics puzzles and triumph in frenetic melee battles. Stick to wooden surfaces, slide down slippery jade, and use metal to ricochet towards your goal… but beware the deadly traps and devious Hoshi bandits!

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To-Fu Fury - Amazon Appstore

RE-VOLT 2 : MULTIPLAYER

Android Police coverage: [New Game] RE-VOLT 2: Multiplayer Takes The Pint-Sized Racer Online And Into Free-To-Play Territory

Re-volt was a big favorite back in the PlayStation era, and the only thing missing from its Android version was multiplayer. Now you can get that (with four-player online races no less!) in the sequel... so long as you're also OK with some extremely heavy-handed free-to-play elements. We're talking currency-based upgrades in three different flavors and an energy system, plus all kinds of ugly promotions for extra coins, like sharing the game on social networks. Yuck.

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The globally-acclaimed RC car racing game has evolved into a mobile multiplayer hit. Numerous stages and modes. Real-time competitions and global Grand Prix. Try the multiplayer games of the ultimate RC car racing game, Re-Volt 2. Aim for the world record in a globally-accessed Grand Prix. Real-time multiplayer mode for up to 4 players. Formula racers, sports cars, even monster trucks. True RC racing at its best. Countless skins, performance upgrades, item enhancement, special tunings and more.

Batman Arkham Origins

Android Police coverage: [New Game] Batman Arkham Origins Brawler Comes To Android Six Months After Everyone Stopped Caring About Arkham Origins

I'm going to go ahead and put this glitzy tie-in to an unnecessary console sequel at the bottom of the roundup list. Not because it's the same swipe-and-tap Infinity Blade clone we've seen a hundred times before, and not because it's got the usual crumby free-to-play nonsense. Nope, I'm going to recommend you avoid it because Warner Bros took nine freakin' months to release it on Android after publishing it immediately on iOS. Try again next time, boys - there's another Batman game coming in February.

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Prove your worth as Gotham’s Dark Knight, facing off against a slew of deadly assassins and their thugs in the new mobile game, Batman Arkham Origins. Fight your way through Gotham City’s most dangerous locales in this free to play brawler from NetherRealm Studios. Earn in-game currency and rewards to upgrade your Batman and become the most punishing crime fighter in the world, unlocking tons of unique Batsuits along the way.

Chuck's Challenge 3D Reloaded

Chuck's Challenge used to be a Tegra exclusive, but now you can play it even if your device isn't powered by NVIDIA. The core game is all about sliding block puzzles, but it's presented in such a clean and appealing way that even more picky gamers may want to give it a try. Though the gameplay is essentially 2D, the graphics are 3D with a lot of effects, so you may need a little extra oomph to run it well. The game supports external controllers and includes a level editor for the dedicated. $5 with no in-app purchases.

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Meet Woop, just your everyday puzzle lovin’ purple alien capable of altering time and space. Woop has summoned all-round puzzle game legend Chuck Sommerville for one purpose - to create a universe of puzzles for him to work his way out of. Take control of Woop and help him navigate his way through level after level of obstacles and challenges that stand between him and reaching the exit portal.

Super Crossfighter

Android Police coverage: [Update: It's Back As Super Crossfighter] Super Crossfire Is Like Space Invaders Meets Tron, But Faster And With More Shooting

Super Crossfire was featured in one of our roundups almost exactly a year ago, but apparently some copyright issues took it off the Play Store. Now it's back as "Super Crossfighter," and currently on sale to celebrate the return.

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ON SALE. 50% OFF TO CELEBRATE SUPER CROSSFIGHTER'S RELAUNCH. The award-winning Super Crossfighter (formerly Super Crossfire) is back with a vengeance. Old school arcade shooting meets dazzling graphics and energetic music. Blast alien invaders while warping between the top and bottom of the screen in this heart-pumping adventure from Radiangames. Unlock upgrades and acquire special power-ups as you obliterate wave after wave of enemies.

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  • Markoff

    quite good collection this time with few simple looking games as I like, I was interested in few games like Let There Be Life, Super tank..., Munin, Kapsula and other until I've found I need to download some large package which is big no no for me, so nothing new really discovered

    already having Don't touch the spikes, although it's called "Bouncy Bit" in my phone, who knows which one was first...

    from my new discoveries I installed in last days as simple games requiring few seconds to play I can recommend (Fish) Out of water (throw fishes as far as possible on the sea instead of stones), weseewee (jump on correct color only), Road Trip 2 (stunt racing game with simple controls), True color (train your brain messing with you with text not matching dispalyed color)

  • เกรียนเทพ ดี อันลิมิเตด

    Might & Mayhem is blocking Thailand...

  • smeddy

    I generally like Gameloft games (especially Asphalt 8) but I refuse to download them now because of their online requirement (and to a lesser degree, their over-IAP on everything). If I can't play my game offline, then screw you.
    I don't fly too often, but looking forward to an hours gaming and then realising I couldn't was a massive turn off.

    • StraightEdgeNexus

      In app purchases suck, on that aspect, EA beats Gameloft though.

  • Tomasz Kuczynski

    Does anyone know how ExaGear Strategies compares to VCMI for HoMM3? I would also be tempted to get Age of Empires two to work on my phone as well as Commandos: Beyond the Call of Duty.

  • Kyle

    Dont touch the spikes is a clone game...

  • Ricardo Ca

    TrusGo marks bubble bird as not safe.

  • Martial Clausse

    Cosmonautica isn't installable on my Nexus 5 with Android L.
    I'm in Belgium. So it's either the OS version or region locked.

  • No Game

    Looking at graphics, I thought The Inner World will be good adventure game. Boy I was wrong.
    You can't go to next screen if you haven't solve puzzle on current screen.
    That's no adventure. That's just friggin' puzzle game with connected screen.

    I remember Machinarium suffered from similar issue although less severe.
    Broken Sword series is still the best for point-click adventure. It's the -real- adventure game.

    Seriously if I want puzzle game, I'd pick all 4 Prof Layton DS and play on my phone..

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