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Aug
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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 neon-tinted twitch racer, a charming endless runner, a duck with better-than-average flight capabilities, a classic board game, and a super-frustrating multitouch experience. Without further ado:

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Unpossible

While it's technically and basically an endless runner, the trippy, tubular levels in Unpossibe remind me of the twitchy racing of F-Zero, albeit without the racing. You're flying hell bent for leather down a Tron-style pipe, with only your reflexes to save you from inevitable splatting. This one will test both your coordination and your resolve. Unpossible supports touch and tilt controls, plus external controllers.

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Unpossible will test your skills, your reflexes, and even your memory. It will make you smile. It will probably make you scream. You will die often and it will always be your fault. Fight to learn the obstacles…they already know how to fight you. Relentless. Thrilling. Unpossible.

Manuganu 2

This sequel to the charming original offers more levels, better graphics, and new gameplay elements. The endless running won't challenge veteran platforming fans, but it's a simple enough diversion if you want something new, and the basic gameplay and 3D graphics are reminiscent of Wind-Up Knight. A $1 in-app purchase removes advertising.

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Manuganu is back with lots of action and brand new features for new adventures. Help him in his quest to rescue his best friend. 40 unequally designed levels. Beat 4 Epic Bosses and complete the saga. Collect all the items to win extra awards. Follow alternative paths to collect the three stars and gain “Google Play” achievements.

Gravity Duck

Despite the visual similarities, Gravity Duck has nothing to do with Flappy Bird - it's more of a Gravity Guy clone. The twist comes from fiendish puzzle levels (there's no auto-running, so this is a straight platformer) and orbs that can turn you by 90 degrees. If you're good at angular thinking, you might enjoy it enough to splurge for the $1 DLC.

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Get ready for a fun puzzle platformer created by the award-winning studio Ravenous Games. As the Gravity Duck you will flip gravity to help you reach the goal while avoiding obstacles in this silly puzzle platforming game.

  • 140 Levels in 4 environments
  • Flip gravity and walk on walls / ceilings
  • Tricky puzzles
  • Google Play Achievements

Talisman

Classic RPG-slash-board game-slash-collectible card game Talisman first made its debut on Android over a year ago in "prologue" form, minus the celebrated multiplayer. Now it's back, multiplayer included, so you can get your fantasy mashup on with your friends. Be warned, it's pricey: the full version of Talisman costs just shy of $7, and you'll have to pay almost as much for each expansion deck.

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Talisman: Digital Edition, the classic fantasy adventure board game for 1-4 players. This officially licensed version of the Games Workshop game uses the 4th Revised Edition rules. In Talisman, you embark on a perilous quest for the ultimate treasure, the Crown of Command. Choose from 14 characters such as the Warrior, Assassin, Thief or Wizard and race your opponents through a perilous realm.

Doppler

Doppler makes use of multi-touch gameplay for a seriously aggravating twitch title. With one finger on each side of the screen, you'll have to keep the orbs in perfect sync as the path advances. Get a hair's breadth ahead or behind on the curves, and you're toast. This one's not for the faint of heart... or the easily-frustrated.

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In Doppler you’re tasked with maintaining the charge of a shining electric wave (origin unknown – is it a cosmic string? a space noodle.?) that twists and turns towards you. In an exciting take on touch screen controls you place one finger on either side to form a connection – let go, touch the line, or stray too wide, and you’ll lose charge; stay close and you can get some back. That’s it, how long can you last?

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.

  • Huzefa Shakir

    Google should really make Twitch gaming a separate genre on the Play Store. I love them!

  • Oscar Prøwhïz Obians

    Unrelated: Rocket music player suddenly doesn't exist on the surface of play store anymore

  • Scott Breitbach

    I bought Talisman when it came out last year hoping they would add multiplayer support at some point. Now I have to buy the multiplayer version separately? That's crap.

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