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[Bonus Round] Volt, Taekwondo Game, Platform Panic, UFHO2, And Dumb Ways To Die 2
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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 gorgeous battery-based platformer, a semi-realistic 2D fighter, a micro-platforming title, a spinning puzzler, and a horribly violent/adorably cute sequel. Without further ado:
Recently a certain indie game received a lot of attention for letting you play as a piece of bread. But Volt's inanimate player character, a battery, makes a lot more sense - its limited electrical powers can be used to propel it around the 2D environment with a series of zapping, swinging platforming elements and physics puzzles. The fact that the game looks great and has no in-app purchases doesn't hurt.
You were on the way to a recycling process when fortunately for you - and unfortunately for the environment - you accidentally ran off. Now your goal is to escape from the facility, which is an extremely difficult task due to the fact that you are a battery without legs. Equipped with a limited number of electric beams, you can connect to walls, move or destroy objects, turn switches, and charge generators. You also have the ability to jump or push off the walls - the rest is up to physics and gravity.
One-on-one fighting games are pretty rare on mobile platforms, and realistic fighting games are rare, period. The humbly-titled Taekwondo Game might not be perfectly realistic in all aspects, but with only a few basic moves and no over-the-top attacks or costumes, it's a surprisingly restrained take on the fighter genre. Even the rules are based on Olympic competitions - not that I'd know if it's real or not. The full game is unlocked with a $1 in-app purchase, including cross-platform fighting on local Wi-Fi and online.
The Taekwondo Game – Global Tournament is the first ever mobile taekwondo game. Challenge your friends in cross platform multiplayer over local wifi, or make your way to the top on your own in the Global Tournament. With movements based on motion-captured professional taekwondo players, the game stays true to the fighting style. Even the sound effects have been recorded in a real taekwondo dojang. The tournament, set in three stunning environments – Korea, Mexico and Iran - follows the Olympic rules.
Platform Panic is an odd mix of an endless runner and a "micro-platformer" a la Wario Ware. The swipe controls only allow moving left or right and jumping, but your character never stops, much like an endless runner. But unlike those games, each stage is static, and your "score" is advanced by moving through every room. It has that "one more try" quality of Flappy Bird without the ridiculous difficulty, though it's still pretty tough. Platform Panic is free with a $1.55 in-app purchase to remove ads.
Platform game heroes through the ages have been abducted. Pit them against each other in order to settle, once and for all, which one is the best.
• Can you unlock them all and become king of the leaderboard?
• Endlessly addictive, procedurally generated retro platformer.
• Swipe left, right & up is all you need to move around
• Pumping chiptune music by Eirik Suhrke, composer for Ridiculous Fishing and Super Crate Box.
• Cutting edge retro pixel graphics.
Throw a bunch of circular turnstiles on a Chinese Checkers board, and you might get something that looks like UFHO2. You guide a jelly alien around a spinning hexadecimal board, trying to get a glowing sphere before his (her? its?) opponents can. A single-player story mode and local turn-based multiplayer for up to four players is included, and a future update promises to include online multiplayer mode. $3 with no in-app purchases.
In UFHO2, you play a jelly alien trying to get as many gems as possible while moving about in a maze-like UFO. Play turn-based matches against smart opponents, and use your brain to outwit them and get the upper hand. UFHO2 is strategy at its finest, packed in a competitive board game tailored from the ground-up for the touch screen. In this sequel, things get bigger and better in every way, with new stages, more board layouts, all new characters, new game modes, and more powerups, leaderboards and achievements.
Dumb Ways to Die 2: The Games
The "heroes" from the catchy and adorably violent Dumb Ways To Die public service announcement are back in an Olympic-style sequel. The structure of this sequel is essentially the same as the original: guide these brave little guys through horrifically inadvisable minigames, then laugh at your inevitable failure and their grisly deaths. Various small IAP options let you buy more coins, add a non-violent kid's mode, or remove advertising. Don't forget to stay away from the train tracks, dummy.
There’s a whole new set of dumb characters that have gathered to take part in a newer, bigger game. Guide these characters through 28 action packed mini-games and try to stay alive long enough to get the highest score and unlock all your favourite characters.Download the FREE game now and become the dumbest of the dumb. And remember, be safe around trains. A message from Metro.
Be sure to check out our gaming coverage from earlier this week:
- Disney's Club Penguin Kids Portal Gets An Official Android App
- Crescent Moon's Sci-Fi Shooter EXILES Graduates From The Humble Bundle To The Play Store, Available Now For $7
- Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars Expands Into The Play Store, Finally Wants To Call Android Home
- Monster Dash Hits The Play Store After Haunting The Amazon Appstore Last Week
- TellTale Games Continues Its Android Rollout With Tales From The Borderlands, Episode 1 Available Now
- Gameloft's Brother In Arms 3 Raids The Play Store With Guns Blazing And Fuel In The Tank
- Baldur's Gate II Enhanced Edition Published On The Play Store: $10 Gets You Dungeon Crawling For Christmas