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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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Games

LIMBO

Android Police coverage: Creepy Platformer And Steam Favorite LIMBO Crawls Into The Play Store For $5

LIMBO is a platformer and puzzler favorite among the Steam and console download crowd. And it's creepy. Super creepy. So creepy that it will give you recurring nightmares about a tiny big-headed boy and the various awful ways that he gets monochromatically disemboweled. But the atmosphere and puzzles are great, and at $5 for what has quickly become a minor classic, it's also a pretty good deal.

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Uncertain of his sister's fate, a boy enters LIMBO.

Evoland

Android Police coverage: Evoland Lets You Play Through The History Of RPGs In A Single Game

Evoland is part video game, part history lesson (about video games). While it's ostensibly a traditional Japanese-style RPG, the graphics and game mechanics shift as the story progresses, going from an ancient black-and-white portable game to a modern 3D action-adventure. It's an interesting and decidedly meta take on the genre. Eventually the game just devolves into over-the-top battles that can only be won by buying in-game items with real money.* Like an increasing number of high-profile Android games, Evoland got its start on Steam and console download services.

*That isn't true at all. There are no in-app purchases in Evoland. But it would be an accurate representation of current games, now wouldn't it?

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Evoland is an action adventure game which takes you on a journey through the history of classic adventure and RPG gaming. As you progress through the game, you unlock new technologies, gameplay systems and ever-improving graphics. From monochrome to full 3D graphics and from turn-based battles to real-time boss fights, Evoland makes you live the evolution of adventure gaming – all with plenty of humor and nods to moments from classic games.

Merchants of Kaidan

Android Police coverage: Trading RPG 'Merchants Of Kaidan' Costs $5.99, But It Might Just Make You Rich

If you're old enough, you might remember the "pirate math" games on the PC that had you trading goods from port to port for fun and profit. This game takes that basic idea and expands on it with a few RPG-style storylines and some fantastic 2D art. It's a pricey game by mobile standards, but includes no IAP (and it would be so easy in this kind of title) or advertising. If you like a little math in your strategy, give it a go.

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Regain your riches, restore your honour and punish those who have wronged you. Merchants of Kaidan is a challenging trading game fused with lots of RPG elements. You start very humble, one cart, a purse of gold and silver coins is all that you have. Your task is to roam the world and search of opportunities to score some profit. Buy low, sell high - a merchant's motto is easy to grasp. And yet the job is harder than it seems.

Wave Wave

Android Police coverage: Noodlecake Re-Releases Wave Wave 'Rebuilt From The Ground Up,' On Sale For 70% Off This Week

Wave Wave started as a one-button twitch game in the vein of Super Hexagon. It was fast. It was simple. It was brutal. The re-released version is slightly more complex thanks to new play modes and achievements, but no less insane - seriously, it may make you vomit if it doesn't make you throw your tablet against the wall first.

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Wave Wave has been Rebuilt from the ground up with all new enhanced visuals and game play. Get ready to rediscover the game. Wave up and down to avoid the gauntlet of triangles. Hectic. Extreme. Addictive. Racing. Tumultuous. Blitzing. Electric. Anaerobic. Treacherous. Wave Wave was selected as part of the PAX Australian Indie Showcase 2014.

Broadsword: Age of Chivalry

Android Police coverage: Broadsword: Age Of Chivalry Rides Into The Play Store On A Tegra-Optimized Horse

Ready for some old-fashioned strategy with newfangled graphics? Then Broadsword: Age of Chivalry is right up your royal highway. Though the graphics are better than most of the 2D fare in this genre (and even more so if you're using a TEGRA-powered device), the mechanics are straight out of old-fashioned PC and board games. Broadsword is free to download and play for the first two missions, then you'll need to cough up for single-purchase campaigns. Multiplayer via Google Play is included.

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Broadsword: Age of Chivalry boasts turn-based strategy gameplay as players move from mission to mission in the Middle Ages. Command one of four different armies: the English, The French, the Spanish, or the Hapsburgs in this exciting Android game. Lead different types of units into battle -- from archers, knights, pikemen and catapults with special units per nationality. Control special 'heroes' units such as Henry III, Joan of Arc and El Cid, among others whose special 'hero' powers can affect the entire battlefield.

Deus Ex Machina

Android Police coverage: Innovative Classic 'Deus Ex Machina' Gets Ported To Android 30 Years After Its Debut, Enhancements Included

Deus Ex Machina, not to be confused with popular shooter series Deus Ex, was released way back in 1984. It's sort of an interactive movie in the style of Dragon's Lair, though nowhere near as cartoony: it told a hard sci-fi story peppered with puzzles and trippy visuals. The Android version gets updated graphics in addition to the original ZX Spectrum version, but it's only available on Amazon at the moment.

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Hailed as a breakthrough in the development of video games, Deus Ex Machina won Game Of The Year, and is currently the subject of movies, books, exhibitions and even university courses. This 30th Anniversary Collector’s Edition includes the entire original version, a digitally remastered soundtrack, plus a brand new DIRECTOR’S CUT with all-new graphics.

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1942 Pacific Front

Android Police coverage: HandyGames Releases 1942 Pacific Front, The Sequel To 1941 Frozen Front

Pacific Front falls somewhere between the top-down formula of war games like Red Alert and the turn-based mechanics of games like Civilization... with heavy-handed multiplayer and IAP mechanics thrown in for good measure. It's not as bad as some others: there's only one in-app currency and you can pay two bucks to permanently remove advertising. But you're still going to fall hard to anyone who's bought their way to the top of the leaderboard.

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The battle continues after “1941 Frozen Front” – and this time, it’s all about naval warfare. Join the navy and fight to win the battle of your life. Own the battlefield and send your soldiers to the frontline. Military combat at its best.Choose the right tactics and use your commando to defeat the enemy. Lead the U.S. Army on their campaign or command the Japanese forces on their mission. Take out enemy alliances with infantry, artillery, tanks, warplanes, battleships and submarines and earn your stripes as an ingenious commander at the PACIFIC FRONT.

TRANSFORMERS: Battle Tactics

Android Police coverage: TRANSFORMERS: Battle Tactics Rolls Into The Play Store Towing A Big Load Of In-App Purchases

Bully for the Transformers franchise: instead of yet another endless runner or card battle game, the creators have made a turn-based RPG of sorts. You command tiny, big-headed versions of your favorite Transformers characters (the real ones, not the Michael Bay abominations) in small parties. Fans of the cartoons will recognize a lot of the old standards, but a heavy social element and tons of IAP sour things somewhat.

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TRANSFORMERS: Battle Tactics is an exciting turn-based strategy game featuring a roster of over 75 iconic TRANSFORMERS characters including OPTIMUS PRIME, MEGATRON, STARSCREAM, and BUMBLEBEE. Players can assemble teams of TRANSFORMERS characters including AUTOBOTS and DECEPTICONS side-by-side in strategic combat experiences with other fans from around the globe.

Epic War TD 2

Epic War TD 2 is a typical tower defense game, but the presentation and polish are considerably higher than what you might be used to. The isometric perspective mixes 2D backgrounds with Starcraft-inspired 3D enemies for some very impressive effects. The game is premium and on sale for $3 right now (regular price $5), with no ads or in-app purchases to be found.

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Sequel to the legendary Epic War TD that was downloaded 8.000.000 times. Exclusive Google Play release. Works fine on low-performance devices. 40% launch sale. Get the game for just $2.99 until the price goes up. Prepare yourself to be thrown into the heat of pure tower defense battle. No gimmicks, no free-to-PAY, no paywalls - just strategy, mass destruction and epic battles.

Mikey Boots

Mikey Boots gives Noodlecake's familiar platfoming hero a set of rocket boots. That's pretty much all you need to know - the boots allow the two protagonists to float around a series of vertically-inspired levels. Like the platformers of old it includes various themed worlds and lots of diverse enemies, and the game also includes external controller support (a paradoxically uncommon trait on retro-style platformers).

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Run and fly through dangerous levels. Watch out for enemies and spikes. Collect coins and find hidden Golden Shorts.

• 6 unique environments with 42 levels
• 2 playable characters
• 230 fun disguises
• Earn achievements
• Compete on Google Play
• HID Controller Support

Paper Dungeons Lite

Paper Dungeons is a mix of conventional Dungeons & Dragons-style tabletop RPGs and the newfangled "roguelikes." What makes it particularly noteworthy is a focus on player creation: it includes a map and campaign editor and an online gallery for aspiring creators to upload to and for bored players to download from. This particular listing is for the limited demo - the full game is just under $3.

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Paper Dungeons is a fantasy board-game boosted by online content. With the ability to create and share online your own levels, you are up for an infinite replay value. The game is visualized as a classic tabletop board-game with dice and tokens. You can destroy walls and auto-heal as you uncover new dungeon tiles, which widens your choice of moves.

Trouble With Robots

Trouble With Robots is an interesting take on the collectible card genre. You take control of fantasy creatures and medieval units facing off against space-age robots, using your summon and spell cards to put friendlies on the field for real-time combat. The battlefield can have dozens of units on screen at one time, making for some visually interesting battles. Extra portions of the single-player campaign are unlocked via in-app purchase. There is no multiplayer component, though leaderboards are available.

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Introducing TROUBLE WITH ROBOTS, a classic fusion between action and strategy. Build the perfect deck in this collectible card game. Apply direct damage, buff your allies, weaken your foes, and come up with your own strategies as you earn stronger cards.

  • ADVENTURE through 26 storyline levels and 6 very difficult challenge levels
  • CUSTOMIZE your deck for each unique level
  • COLLECT over 40 cards consisting of creature summon, healing, strengthening, direct damage, and other spells
  • UNLOCK levels and modes to add a new experiences and tons of replay value
  • CONQUER challenges and reap the rewards

Grey Cubes

Grey Cubes is a new take on Breakout. Wait, before you move on to the next entry, watch the video below: the developers are using some interesting physics mechanics and power-ups to put new spins on the classic gameplay. The multi-ball effects in particular will require skill and strategy to navigate. The app does have some IAP for in-game currency, but it maxes out at two bucks, and BulkyPix tends to be reasonable in that regard.

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Grey Cubes is a modern variation on the brick-breaker-type game, based on real-time physics and three-dimensional gameplay. The game unites the classic elements of brick-breaker games (such as multiballs, exploding-ball bonuses, etc.) with new gameplay elements, including multi-layer brick patterns and real-life physics impacting on their in-game behaviour. Travel through 60 futuristics levels and break everything .

TINT A Survival RPG Comic Book

I'm glad we're finally getting a steady stream of gamebooks that aren't from Tin Man - no offense to those developers, but a little variety is always welcome. This Is Not A Test uses the somewhat played-out post-apocalyptic wasteland setting. Your job is to navigate the story and the terrain to get to an "ark" safe zone that's free of a deadly gas destroying mankind. You can be as good or as bad as you want to, but getting through the various chapters will cost you $2.50 a pop.

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This Is Not a Test is a post apocalyptic graphic novel gamebook that pits your survival skills against the mayhem of doomsday as a strange death gas threatens humanity. Like a Choose Your Own Adventure, each panel of this RPG gamebook poses you choices that move the story forward. Create your fate by choosing your own path through the doomsday simulation -- the choices you make will unlock new paths in your quest for survival -- that is, if they don’t leave you dead in the chemical wasteland.

Hyper Rift

Hyper Rift is a sci-fi gamebook that augments its story with an overhead map, letting you know exactly where your character is in a desolate spaceship. It's an interesting approach to a genre that's grown dependent on hand-drawn art for flavor. The game helpfully lets you know how many of its 14 endings you've played through each time you start again.

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You wake up in the medical bay of a spaceship with no memory of who you're, who put you there, and why. When you explore the spaceship, you realize that you're not alone. You meet strangers claiming that they too, have lost their memories. Are they friends or foes? Who is the mastermind? Are you in purgatory? Hyper Rift is a visual gamebook adventure that draws inspirations from science fiction mysteries. We've crafted an original science fiction story that blends real science with imaginations and present choices that lead to far-reaching consequences.

Staying Together

Staying Together is a unique platformer that requires the player to control two characters at the same time. This makes for some interesting gameplay with quite a lot of puzzles, and the unique art style works well in the context of the game. You'll need excellent concentration to get through the tougher portions of the stages.

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This Valentines Day, celebrate love and loyalty with Staying Together. A mystical journey awaits you in this multi-character puzzle platformer. Control two lovers simultaneously in your quest to unite them. Looking out for the needs of a single character won’t get you far, as these inexorable companions move in unison. Only careful planning and cooperation can overcome the obstacles that divide this duo.

Motorsport Manager

Sports manager games have always seemed a bit weird to me, but I can see where a car racing version might appeal to people. The incredibly technical nature of motorsports lends itself well towards micromanagement, and that's what you do here: hire race drivers, organize a pit crew, develop new tech for your cars. It's well-presented too, though I'd play this particular game on a tablet if I had a choice.

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This is your racing team. Hire drivers, develop your car and invest in technology. Work with your drivers to achieve the perfect qualifying lap. Formulate the ideal pitstop strategy to win races. Watch the race in real-time or jump into the strategy screens to take control of the action. React to weather changes, crashes and safety car periods. Win championships across the world to reach the pinnacle of motorsport.

Pukka Golf

Pukka Golf is a lot like the putt-putt you used to play as a kid: it doesn't really matter how many times you hit the ball, or whether you hit it while it's still moving, so long as you land it in the cup. The par value does add some points, but this Angry Birds-style golf game is more interested in time and stars - feel free to change direction in midair if you like. A single in-app purchase removes advertising and opens up the later levels.

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Up for a challenge? Race against the clock in this fast paced take on golf. In Pukka Golf, you can take shots while the ball is still moving. Speed through 100+ levels and compete for best times against your friends. There is no shortage of fun in the Pukka Golf app with more than 100 levels of challenges available. Pukka Golf features 110 levels. 50 of these levels are free to play. A single in app purchase is required to unlock the remaining levels and remove adverts. There is only one in app purchase in Pukka Golf.

NOON

Noon is an odd little twitch game that tasks you with tapping a spinning clock when it hits, well, noon. That would be simple enough on its own, but the interface soon adds up to four clocks on screen at once, all spinning at different speeds, which instantly starts messing with your timing (no pun intended). It's a free game that will appeal to fans of Super Hexagon and the like, with a single $1 IAP to get rid of advertising.

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Tap on 12 NOON. Stop the clocks. Rack up points. Challenge your friends. SANITY WARNING: Take regular breaks. Keep Calm. Do not throw your device at walls. Exclusive Android mode for those who need an extra challenge. Designed for phones and tablets.

 

0h n0

0h n0 is an elimination game, a mix of Connect Four and Minesweeper. The numbered blue dots delineate strings of blue dots extending vertically or horizontally, with red dots meaning nothing in that direction. Mark the dots using basic logic and a process of elimination, until you've cleared the whole board.

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It's 0h h1's companion game. Remember that little logic game called 0h h1? Well, we've made a challenging new puzzle game to go along with it. Meet its companion... 0h n0. 0h n0 is a lovely little logic game that follows its own three rules:

  • Blue dots can see others in their own row and column.
  • Their numbers tell how many.
  • Red dots block their view.

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