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 racing game with unique controls, a chess game for kids, and a gorgeous God of War ripoff. Without further ado:

bonusround

Touch Racing 2

Racing games on mobile devices always have to wrestle with touch controls. This game takes the old "left, right, or tilt" formula and throws it out the window: you steer your car by touching the top-down track ahead, almost as if it was attached with a rubber band. The RC theme allows you to drive cars or boats, and with 81 tracks, an upgrade mechanic, and online multiplayer, there's plenty to occupy your time. Just watch out for those IAP gluttons in the online matches.

--

Race extreme speed cars, offroad rally vehicles & power boats in this awesome arcade R/C racing game. From the award-winning development team that brought you the multi-million downloaded RunBot.

  • UPGRADE EVERY ASPECT of your vehicles – chassis, tyres, engine, body, spoiler as you progress through your racing career.
  • CUSTOMIZE your ride with stickers and new paint jobs.
  • CHALLENGE your friends or random racing rivals in MULTIPLAYER mode.
  • ENCOUNTER a great cast of wacky and memorable bosses as you progress from an R/C rookie to a global legend.
  • UNIQUE touch-and-drag control system means anyone can learn to play in seconds - whether you’re a novice player or die-hard gamer.

 

Kasparov Minichess

Do you know who Garry Kasparov is? Do you care? And do you want your kids to care, because they're totally going to beat IBM's supercomputer in 2020? Then download this kid's take on chess and pass them the tablet. The story mode teaches the youngins to play chess with some colorful interludes between lessons, and the difficulty increases gradually until they're ready for the real thing. There are no ads or in-app purchases - always a good thing for games aimed at children.

--

Get the kids to learn how to play chess with a colourful, fun and easy-to-play game that legendary Grandmaster Garry Kasparov has endorsed. Take Cheddar the Mouse on a fun journey of discovery as he meets new friends and uncovers the mysteries of the wonderful game. On his travels, Cheddar has to solve exciting puzzles that help him learn the basics of chess. The brave little mouse provides an ideal introduction to the basics of the game for younger children - even kids as young as five can enjoy playing with Cheddar.

Godfire: Rise of Prometheus

Godfire is a riff on God of War, and it doesn't really try to hide the fact. The graphics are about as good as they get on Android at the moment - pour enough resources into Unreal, and you can do just about anything - but don't download "Rise of Prometheus" if you're looking for originality. (Or authenticity, for that matter: Prometheus wasn't a Titan.) Free to play, with a veritable Argo-load of in-app purchases.

--

Godfire: Rise of Prometheus is an action-adventure experience unlike any other on Google Play, with console-quality graphics, vicious free-flow combat and epic boss battles. Become titan Prometheus as he embarks on an epic quest to retrieve the all-powerful Godfire Spark and save mankind. Fight using a dynamic combat system and unleash devastating wrath attacks while freely navigating the battlefield using intuitive controller or touch controls.

Be sure to check out our gaming coverage from earlier this week: