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Games

This War of Mine

Android Police review: This War Of Mine Game Preview: A Dreadful, Soul-Crushing Experience... In A Good Way

This War of Mine is a PC pilgrim, and it's one of the most unique games on the market at the moment. You play as a group of survivors in a war zone, desperately trying to scrape enough supplies together to keep everyone safe and (if possible) sane. It isn't "fun" in the conventional sense, because This War of Mine is trying to illustrate the bleakness and hopelessness of war from the point of view of civilians. If you're interested in how gaming can be used to reflect real-world events, check it out.

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In This War Of Mine you do not play as an elite soldier, rather a group of civilians trying to survive in a besieged city; struggling with lack of food, medicine and constant danger from snipers and hostile scavengers. The game provides an experience of war seen from an entirely new angle. The pace of This War of Mine is imposed by the day and night cycle. During the day snipers outside stop you from leaving your refuge, so you need to focus on maintaining your hideout.

REDDEN

Android Police coverage: New Game REDDEN Lets You Play As A Magic Bullet In Stylish Silhouette

Redden is an interesting game in a lot of ways. The setup itself isn't all that unique - just steer an arrow or bullet up or down and save momentum for the kill at the end of the level - but the interesting inanimate story and stylish 2D graphics make the game worth a look. It's a bit more than $2 with no ads or in-app purchases, and definitely unlike anything you've played before.

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There is a junkshop called ‘A Hundred Denarii' which was about to close for the day. After the exhausted shopkeeper rang out the last customer and left the now empty place, there came a tumult of noise. The noisemakers were the following. The cutting board named ‘Jo’ which was once an arrow, The pot named ‘Bi’ which was a recycled shuriken of Japanese make. And the cleaver named ‘Cal’ made from the metal from a bullet. Their wonderful story is coming.

Q.U.B.E.: Director's Cut

Android Police coverage: The Tegra-Exclusive Puzzle Game Q.U.B.E. Is Finally Live More Than A Week Late

NVIDIA's Tegra hardware seems to be the go-to place for first person puzzle games. QUBE is a game where the main character is trapped in a series of puzzles of increasing difficulty, most of which are solved with a mix of logic and physics. Playing is kind of like hanging out inside a massive Rubik's cube. It's compatible with all three SHIELD devices at the moment, and presumably the few other Tegra phones and tablets currently going, like the Nexus 9.

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As featured on the SHIELD Hub, Q.U.B.E: Director's Cut is the definitive version of the brain-twisting first-person puzzler. Using special high-tech gloves to manipulate cubes in the environment, the player solves an array of conundrums - from physics-based challenges; to 3D jigsaws; to platform-based trials. Play it on NVIDIA SHIELD. QUBE is a: Indie Game Challenge Finalist, Official Selection for The Escapist’s Extra Credits Innovation Award, Nominee for the IndieDB GOTY Award, Finalist in the Sense of Wonder Night.

FootLOL: Crazy Soccer

Android Police coverage: Herocraft's FootLOL Mixes Soccer, Tower Defense, Cannons, Cows, Aliens, Bombers, And Anything Else They Can Cram Into A Mobile Game

FootLOL is a soccer game that mixes elements of tower defense with conventional sports gameplay. Oh, and UFOs, cows, bombing runs, and any number of other kooky extras. It's kind of like if Mario Super Strikers and Plants vs. Zombies had a baby, and that baby was raised on nothing but Internet memes. The game includes a long single-player campaign, plus exhibition games and online multiplayer.

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We all love soccer – but how badly do you want to win? FootLOL lets you use mines, shields, aliens, cows, guns and many more cheats to decimate the opposing team and protect your players. Play against your friend or a AI opponent. As a manager, you’ll take your team through a few training matches, before being unleashed on new planets. As you go, you’ll unlock new gadgets, improve your players’ performance, and unlock new kits and hats for them to wear.

Zero Punctuation: Hatfall

Android Police coverage: The Official Zero Punctuation Game Gives Developers The Chance To Crush Yahtzee Croshaw

Yahtzee Croshaw is a game critic and the unholy terror of developers everywhere. In his first official mobile game you control the avatar of the Zero Punctuation video series, desperately running around under a falling hat. Or a fridge. Or a telephone pole. Watching Croshaw get crushed into a bloody spot has to be cathartic for the recipients of his reviews. Multiple identical copies make it hard, extras like costumes and minigames make it interesting.

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HATFALL is a high-energy game of skill and hat-wearing born from Zero Punctuation, the hit online video series from The Escapist, created by the man behind ZP, Ben 'Yahtzee' Croshaw. When Yahtzee finds that his hat has gone missing there’s only one option: collect as many hats as you possibly can. Fortunately hats are falling from the sky for no adequately explored reason, ready to be caught by your head. Just make sure you avoid the anvils and refrigerators that are also falling from the sky for no adequately explored reason.

Warhammer 40,000: Space Wolf

Android Police coverage: Warhammer 40,000: Space Wolf Is The First WH40K Mobile Title That Actually Looks Like The Board Game

There have been other games on Android based on the Warhammer 40K franchise of tabletop strategy games... but they haven't been very good. Perhaps because endless runners and Plants vs Zombies clones don't require that much in the way of actual strategy. Space Wolf, from the more experienced devs at HeroCraft, is a turn-based strategy game with elements of card collecting. Sure, it's packed with in-app purchases, but at least it marginally resembles the franchise it's using.

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Lead the Sons of Russ into battle and slash your way through hordes of ferocious enemies with Boltgun fire and Chainsword teeth. Write your own saga in the annals of the Space Wolves Chapter as you hunt your sworn enemies – the Chaos Space Marines. Savour the atmosphere, as you play this unique combination of turn-based strategy and collectible card game, where you can turn defeat into victory, where events on the battlefield depend on a wise choice of cards and decisions must be planned meticulously.

Splendor

Splendor is the latest board game from the makers of the popular Ticket to Ride series. It's a turn-based multiplayer game set in the Renaissance era, where each player takes control of a merchant prince and tries to amass an empire based on wealth rather than conquest. The Android port includes standard solo play, "hot potato" local multiplayer, and challenges based on specific scenarios. It's relatively pricey at $7, but well worth it for board game fans.

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The OFFICIAL digital adaptation of the best-selling board game Splendor. The goal of the game is to build the most impressive jewel trade and become the best-known merchant in the world. The player with the most prestige points wins the game. Splendor is an addictive strategy turn-based card game, where players assume the role of wealthy Renaissance merchants, exploiting mines and caravans, hiring craftsmen and leveraging their influence with the nobility.

RPG Tears Revolude

Kemco is a prolific publisher of Japanese-style RPGs, and a big help for fans of the genre who are tired of paying Square $15 a pop for 20-year-old games. Their latest title is Tears Revolude, and on a technical level it's much-improved over their older Super NES-style games. The visual style mixes anime characters and monsters with a 2.5D sprite setup to impressive effect, and the battle and weapons systems should be complex enough for RPG fans.

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A classic command-based RPG with a 3D map interface. Play on-the-go without having to worry about an internet connection. A century ago, there was a unique artist named Orwiel. Sion and Michelle set off on a journey to discover his final works. The two meet a girl with no memories named Liara. What the girl carries will shake both the path they travel and their fate. Begin a new adventure in this game's 3D dungeons. This game uses old-school command-based battles to bring you an easily understood and played mainstream command RPG.

Wars and Battles

Wars and Battles is a hexagonal turn-based strategy game that covers all the bases. It simulates a series of iconic battles from WWII and the Cold War era in your choice of standard top-down or 3D isometric fights. The $7 purchase includes a few single-player battles and the online asynchronous multiplayer, with pricey in-app purchases for more campaigns. Check it out if you've got a craving for historically-rooted strategy.

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Wars and Battles is a platform of turn-based wargames that simulate historical battles and campaigns over several centuries and continents. Wars and Battles offers you rich and immersive graphics, intuitive yet sophisticated gameplay and hours and hours of game. Integrating the sophistication of traditional wargames into tablets is our commitment to players fond of strategy, history or the military.

Yurei Ninja

Yurei Ninja is an endless runner. About a ninja. Yes, we've seen these before, but possibly none so stylish as this one - the presentation reminds me a lot of Sega's PS2 incarnation of Shinobi. The speed, tap-and-swipe combat, and frequent perspective reversal make for compelling gameplay, even if I could do without the bog-standard upgrades for weapons. In-app purchases are small, but the format still slows down your progression.

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Are you a worthy shinobi? As a shadow in the night, smoke in the dust, slash your way to reach the heart of the cursed temple. The enemy knows your ways and are as much trained in the art of hiding and surprise attacks. Traps and deadly bosses will try to stop your quest, beat them all. Yurei Ninja provide you the perfect amount of adrenaline with:

  • Stunning environments
  • Various enemies
  • Intense run
  • Deadly Weapons
  • Epic bosses battles

Democracy vs Freedom

You fancy yourself a pretty good tank commander, I'm sure. But how about you and a hundred others? Democracy vs Freedom is essentially a top-down, turn-based version of Battlezone, but each move of "your" tank and the enemy's is determined by votes. It's possible to cram dozens of players onto each side of an ostensibly two-player battle. In proactive it works out a bit like Twitch Plays [insert game here], but with a bit more organization. In-app purchases for experience points remove advertising.

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Take part in truly massive tank battles in Democracy vs Freedom - World's first MOVA (Multiplayer Online Vote Arena) game. Vote for orders along with thousands of players, achieve highest military awards and ranks in an everlasting war between Forces of DEMOCRACY and Comrades of FREEDOM.
Who's going to win? The MOVA genre is our own invention and stands for Multiplayer Online Vote Arena. Check it out. This game requires a stable internet connection to play.

Agar.io

Remember all those minimal "amoeba" games where the only real point was to eat anything smaller than you and run away from anything bigger? Agar.io is that idea, morphed into a multiplayer online game. In this free-for-all mobile version of a popular browser game, the bigger you are the slower you move, so there's a surprising tactical twist to the gameplay. Various "wacky" skins can be unlocked with different usernames.

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Play online with players around the world as you try to become the biggest cell of them all. Control your tiny cell and eat other players to grow larger. But watch out: players bigger than you will be trying to make you their lunch. Survive and eat long enough to become the biggest cell in the game. With new controls developed especially for touchscreens, agar.io offers the same addictive gameplay that millions have already enjoyed on PC.

Quadrush

Quadrush is a sort of Tetris remix. You can tap any four like-colored squares to zap them out of existence, even if they're not connected. You'll have to do this quickly, as new blocks fall constantly and the physics-based stacking isn't "sticky." Modifiers like bombs and points multipliers can help you out in a pinch. It's an interesting twist on an established puzzle idea, but don't play Quadrush if you want a stress-free experience.

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Test your skills of speed and perception. Challenge your friends to see who can survive longer this gravity madness. Quadrush is a game of fast hands and sharp eyes. Highlights:

  • from the winners of Make-the-Game award 2012 by computec media
  • fast and engaging gameplay
  • easy to learn hard to master

Atomas

Atomas takes number combination games like 2048, gives them a radial structure, then sciences them up a notch. Each stage gives you a collection of atoms and a target on the periodic table, and it's your job to combine them into the correct elemental atom. Power-ups and modifiers help keep you on your toes. Small in-app purchases for antimatter (which can cancel out the mass of tricky atoms) are more than reasonable.

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Atomas is a fascinating puzzle game, which you can learn in seconds but will entertain you for weeks. The perfect game for your spare time. Your little universe starts with hydrogen atoms only but with the help of the energy rich plus atoms you are able to fusion two hydrogen atoms into one helium atom, 2 helium atoms into one lithium atom and so on. Your primary goal is to create the valuable elements like Gold, Platinum and Silver.

Outpost Command

Despite its basic looks, Outpost Command might be the most purely strategic game we've seen in quite a while. Two players "fling" out tendrils from their main base, trying to encapsulate the opponent and strike at their base without getting out-maneuvered. It's sort of like a turn-based version of the Tron Lightcycle game. Multiplayer is the only option, but both online and local "hot potato" variants are included. Free with ads, but no IAP.

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This completely free strategy game has pure and simple rules with deep gameplay, inspired by computer games such as Moonbase Commander and board games like checkers and Go. Use your node network for both attack and defence to outmaneuver your opponent and cut off their main base while protecting your own. Match wits with players around the world in intense 1v1 multiplayer duels or challenge your friends to quick hotseat battles.

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