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Moxie Classic

Moxie is an adaptation of old-fashioned word games like Boggle and Scrabble, scraped down to its bare essentials for quick rounds. Use your allotted letters to make a word, then swap letters in or out for more words, et cetera. Specific target words will get you bonus points. The game is free with no in-app purchases.

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Moxie is the original word transformation game...EASY to learn, but CHALLENGING to master. Over 900,000 Moxie games have been downloaded and over 70,000,000 games have been played. Moxie is all about transforming words into new words. You start with a hand of 52 letters that you go through "Solitaire" style. Place each letter on the board or "Pass". If you "Pass" you can't go back to that letter.

Moxie Classic
Moxie Classic
Price: Free

Run Bird Run

Mix Flappy Bird and Tappy Road and you get Run Bird Run, a game that amazingly features no adjectives in the title. That's not quite fair: the bird player characters are the only thing this game has in common with Flappy Bird. The gameplay is all about getting in the right spot to avoid blocks that fall from the sky Tetris-style.

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Discover the next episode of Don't Touch The Spikes. Touch the left or right side of the screen to move your bird and avoid the falling boxes.

 

Run Bird Run
Run Bird Run
Developer: Ketchapp
Price: Free+

Type 2 Kill

Type 2 Kill uses typing as a weapon, in the style of Sega's Typing of the Dead. This take on the niche is a little odd, though - you're using your phone's virtual keyboard instead of a real one, limiting its teaching utility somewhat. You play a mech that has to shoot incoming baddies by quickly and accurately typing. It's a decent implementation hobbled by a lack of support for third-party or Bluetooth keyboards. One IAP removes advertising.

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The EAC tries to invade the west. Battle wave after wave of hostile EAC units, blast attack helicopters and mega tanks to pieces on your way to victory. TYPE 2 KILL features beautiful HD graphics and next generation visual effects. Crush the EAC and improve your typing skills. TYPE 2 KILL is not your standard dual-stick shooter. Aim and fire by typing the name of your target on the keyboard. Improve your typing speed and accuracy while having fun.

Type 2 Kill
Type 2 Kill
Developer: MADE apps
Price: Free+

PIXELMAN Free

Pixelman is an "avoider" game that revels in its retro styling like a philatelist in a postal museum. The game itself is fairly simple: move around, save people, don't run into stuff. With Pixelman we may have reached maximum 80bit insufferability, but if you really like pixel graphics and chiptune music, this is probably your best bet this week. This version has ads, the $1 paid version does not.

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PIXELMAN™ is a retro-styled high score chaser, where you control the title character in his mission to rescue the citizens of Pixville from the evil Baron Von Pixel and his contraptions. The gameplay is very simple: you tap to go up, release to go down, and you can also swipe to move faster (but with less accuracy.) Your goal is to rescue the citizens (both humans and dogs.) to keep your heroic energy up, and also avoid crashing into buildings, traffic, and Von Pixel´s weapons and traps.

PIXELMAN Free Edition
PIXELMAN Free Edition
Developer: Kindermann Corp.
Price: Free

Machineers

Machineers is a building game that tasks you with creating all manner of kooky machines to solve the problems of the world's inhabitants. The core puzzles will be familiar to Gizmos & Gadgets fans, but there are a few light adventure and driving segments. The game has only one episode available on Android at the moment, with four more planned for release starting next month.

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The first four puzzles are now FREE for Android players. Like what you’ve played? Just unlock the rest of Tivoli Town to keep going. Machineers is a construction puzzle game with quirky robots and wonderful machines. It is your job to repair broken contraptions and build your own mechanical inventions with your toolbox full of gears, belts, cables and plenty of other parts.

The app was not found in the store. :-(

Bing Bong

Bing bong is a simple game. A green ball moves from side to side, and your only control over it is slowing it down with a tap. Avoid the blocks as they come in. That's it. The game is free with no ads or in-app purchases (except for a developer tip), and in the short time it's been available on the Play Store it has gained quite a following.

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BING BONG is a minimalist, challenging and fast paced arcade game. All you do is touch the screen to slow down the green ball. Avoid all the obstacles flying at you and see how high of a score you can get.

● Simple One Touch Controls
● 100% Free
● No Ads
● Google Play Games Achievements.
● Google Play Games Leader board.
● Optimized for a wide variety of phones and tablets.
● A single OPTIONAL In-App purchase allows you to support the developer.

Bing Bong
Bing Bong
Price: Free+

Vektor 1.0

In Vektor you transport packages with both direction and magnitude. This is technically an "avoider" game crossed with an endless runner - just dodge traffic and the odd boss and you'll be OK. But it also has some competing high-tech motorcycle riders who clearly couldn't get enough of TRON. The game is short and sweet, and thankfully free, though it does include advertising (but no in-app purchases).

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In this free-to-play action game, you assume the role of "The Courier". A wet-wired courier, whose mission is to deliver "top secret" data to aid the fight against the corrupt corporate government. While stretching through the endless highway, you battle against the corporate mercenaries, who would not hesitate to use any means necessary to prevent you from delivering the "package".

Vektor 1.0
Vektor 1.0
Developer: Cagil Bektas
Price: Free

Gunner Z

Shoot zombies. Then shoot more zombies. Do it again and again until they're even more deader than before. Gunner Z is your basic turret shooter, but it does at least have a unique and appropriately spooky visual style, and the truck-based upgrade system is a bit interesting. It's a typical IAP grind-sink, but it might be fun for some short bursts of gameplay.

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Take your fleet of customized “AC-HMV” armored assault trucks into a city overrun by an undead army. However, the enemies aren't merely mindless zombies; a powerful enemy military is using the engineered threat as a tool. Run by General Thacter, this twisted army utilizes undead soldiers and huge biological beasts as weapons alongside remotely operated mechanized units such as aerial drones, tracked RPG turrets, APCs, tanks, and more. The only force capable of stopping the undead army is YOU.


Gunner Z
Gunner Z
Developer: BitMonster, Inc.
Price: Free+

Miles From Tomorrowland

That's "Miles" as in the protagonist of this running game, not "miles" as in a unit of measurement, because they use kilometers on the planet Disneytopia. Loosely connected with the upcoming summer movie, Miles From Tomorrowland is a fairly standard endless runner with some impressive 2D sprite art. It's too bad that the game apparently suffers from some serious performance issues, and despite its kid-focused aesthetic, features IAP. Boo, Disney.

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3…2…1… Blast off on a high-speed galactic race with Miles Callisto and his robo-ostrich best friend, Merc, from the new Disney Junior series Miles from Tomorrowland. Journey with Miles on rescue missions to the frozen planet Thurio, and use cool tools and tricks to dodge asteroids, collect rare space rocks, and turbo boost your way through this blastastic deep-space race.

 

Monkey King Escape

It looks like Ubisoft has run out of regular ideas for endless running games. That means just one thing: time to rehash some old ones. Monkey King Escape looks like it's based loosely (very, very loosely) on Journey To The West, one of the best-known Chinese legends. Gameplay is bog-standard run, jump, and attack, but the visual style is at least interesting. The game is free with tons of in-app purchases.

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Watch out, here comes the Monkey King. Play as the legendary Monkey King and evade capture from the almighty Jade Emperor of Heavenly Kingdom. Angered by the Jade Emperor’s refusal to grant him an honorable place among the gods, the Monkey King gobbled down the precious Peaches of Immortality he was assigned to protect. Only YOU can help him navigate the treacherous Heavenly Garden with the Emperor’s armies hot on his furry heels.

The app was not found in the store. :-(

High Sea Saga

Hey look, another Kairosoft game, and this one's about PIRATES! It features a customizable ship and a recruitable crew and all sorts of piratey (and mild fantasy) combat. But what's this? An IAP setup in a Kairosoft game? And for a recurring subscription? That's definitely weird, and it's already alienating a lot of fans, thanks in no small part to the $1 price tag.

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Riches of legend inhumed in secret sites across the world, savage monsters to thwart each turn of your trek, rival players looking to scuttle your ship--such maritime mayhem and more await on this finest of swashbuckling simulations. You'll need a trusty team to surmount the odds, not to mention a vessel--so make sure you choose only the savviest of seadogs, and construct a jolly craft of true piratical proportions.

High Sea Saga
High Sea Saga
Price: Free+

ONE PIECE TREASURE CRUISE

Welcome to the VERY FIRST Android game based on the mega-popular anime One Piece! All your favorites are here: Gumby Boy, Improbably Proportioned Redhead, Sword-Biting Guy, and... others. (I don't know anything about One Piece.) The game is a party-based RPG battler with a smart interface that puts all the controls well in reach at the bottom of the screen. Too bad it's a Namco-Bandai game, and is thus predictably reliant on in-app purchases and/or grinding.

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ONE PIECE TREASURE CRUISE features intuitive tap controls that’ll have you sending foes flying in no time. Tap your characters at the right time to form combos and deal massive damage. What’s more, each character possesses unique special abilities that make battles even more exciting. Re-enact thrilling showdowns from the original story using your favorite One Piece characters.

Castaway Paradise

Castaway Paradise is a fairly shameless rip-off of Nintendo's Animal Crossing. Scratch that - it's extremely shameless, because it says so right down there in the description. The only real difference is the tropical setting.. and the free-to-play structure that wants you to spend real money for fake gems. For some reason it's being debuted on Amazon first.

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It's like Animal Crossing, but on your Android device! Download now to start your adventure on your very own tropical island. This is your island, your adventure! Do whatever you like! THINGS TO DO:

  • Talk to villagers
  • Catch bugs and fish
  • Decorate your house
  • Plant trees and flowers
  • Harvest crops
  • Decorate your character
  • Do quests for villagers
  • More than 1500 items you can decorate with!
  • Hundreds of quests to complete.
  • Special events for holidays!
  • Hundreds of thousands of players!

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Amazon Appstore - Castaway Paradise

The Princess Bride - The Official Game

Does a movie classic that's nearly 30 years old really need a cartoonish mobile game? Someone thinks that it does. This collection of mini-games based on cult classic The Princess Bride was released ages ago on iOS to an extremely tepid response. If you really need a few tappy tie-ins for four bucks plus in-app purchases, it's available on the Amazon Appstore.

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An epic game based on the beloved classic movie? Inconceivable! Play the world of The Princess Bride and experience all of your favorite scenes! 4 GAMES IN 1:

  • - Survive the Shrieking Eels!
  • - Climb the Cliffs of Insanity!
  • - Sword duel with Inigo!
  • - Wrestle your favorite Giant!

Each game has unique leaderboards, challenges and awards. Unlock images and sound clips from the movie! FREE UPDATES will have you testing your wits and surviving the Fire Swamp! Have fun storming the castle!

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Amazon Appstore - The Princess Bride

OlliOlli

Android Police coverage: Indie Hit OlliOlli Skates Into The Play Store With Support For Shield Portable Only And A $12.99 Price Tag

OlliOlli is kind of like Minecraft for the Tony Hawk's Pro Skater set. It boils down the skateboard sports game into its purest elements, then boils that down even further into two dimensions. While the game was a hit on the indie PC scene, I doubt it will be so for Android - its $12.99 price tag and SHIELD exclusivity mean most people will overlook it. It's particularly shameful since there's nothing in the sprite-based visuals that really requires SHIELD's graphical prowess.

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OlliOlli mixes addictive one-life gameplay with over 120 tricks and grinds across 50 deviously crafted levels, 250 Challenges, Spots Mode and Daily Grind. Not enough for you? Complete all challenges to unlock the super skillful RAD Mode. Rack up the biggest and coolest combos along the way then time your landing to perfection to rule the leader-boards. Just don’t slam on your face*. Compete across the world in all modes to get the highest scores on every Level and Spot.

OlliOlli
OlliOlli
Developer: DevolverDigital
Price: $12.99

Q*bert: Rebooted

This is Q*Bert. Some of you might know him as that weird swearing thing from Wreck-It Ralph. Now you can play Q*Bert on your Android TV device, on both the original format and a new "rebooted" option. For some reason the game hasn't been released for Android phones yet.

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One of the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful arcade games of the 1980s is back in its Classic pixel perfect 2D form, and a re-imagined Reboot version with state of the art 3D game-play and graphics that remain faithful to the original concept. Both versions are exciting twitch games requiring keen puzzle solving skills and logic.

 

The app was not found in the store. :-(

Intugame VR

This isn't a game, it's a tool that lets you play PC games on Google's Cardboard VR system. Basically it splits the game's field of view into separate screens, one for each eye, then streams it straight to the screen on your phone. It's a cool implementation, though obviously not everyone can take advantage of it. I have to dock the developers a few points for requiring a mailing list subscription to download the PC client.

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Play your PC games in stereoscopic 3D with the help of 3D headset like Google Cardboard, Zeiss VR One or any other 3D headset. We stream your PC games to your mobile in stereoscopic 3D. We track your head movement and control your point of view in the game with it. What do you need to enjoy our app:

  • Google Cardboard, Zeiss VR One, Durovis Dive or any other headset for stereoscopic 3D.
  • You need to install our software on your desktop PC from http://intugame.com/get-intugame-vr/ (there is installer that will create desktop and start menu shortcut for Intugame VR)
  • Unzip and start our desktop app.
  • Start your game in windowed mode.
  • Make sure both your PC and mobile are connected to the same WIFI network or use cable and USB tethering mode.
  • Start our mobile app, hit Play button and put your mobile phone in the 3D headset.

Intugame VR
Intugame VR
Developer: Intugame
Price: Free

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  • the app's launch date has to be no longer than 2 weeks ago
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