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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

Peter Moorhead's Murder

Android Police coverage: Peter Moorhead's Murder Is A Cyberpunk Short Story Told As A Point-And-Click Adventure, Now In The Play Store For $1.49

Peter Moorhead's Murder (that's "Murder" by Peter Moorhead, it's not a game about killing a guy named Peter) is a point-and-click adventure game that mixes sensibilities from stories like Blade Runner and The Matrix with some stylish pixelated graphics. It's an interesting choice, especially since the game's dialog is fully voiced. This unique little game is just a buck and a half with no in-app purchases.

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Murder is a short story about the intersection of morality and sentience, told in the form of a point and click adventure. Over its memorable twenty to thirty minute playtime, Murder takes players on a journey through a near-future Tokyo, following the actions of Lieutenant Motomeru Minori of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police on an unusual and dangerous case, in a story that explores the intersection of morality and sentience in a future where both have become commodities.

A Good Snowman

Android Police coverage: A Good Snowman Is Hard To Build But You Can Still Give It Your Best Shot

In A Good Snowman (Is Hard To Build), you play as an indistinct gumdrop monster who really wants to build a snowman. For some reason. The game is primarily a puzzler wherein you find snowman parts and assemble them, but there's also a bit of action-RPG exploration in the mix too. The graphics and music are charming, and the $5 game has no ads or in-app purchases.

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A Good Snowman Is Hard To Build is an adorable puzzle game about being a monster and making snowmen.

  • Adorable graphics by Benjamin Davis (Sushi Snake).
  • Featuring a gorgeous original soundtrack by Ryan Roth (The Beginner's Guide, Starseed Pilgrim, The Yawhg).
  • Lovingly-crafted puzzle design from Alan Hazelden (Sokobond, These Robotic Hearts of Mine, Traal).
  • No in-app-purchases or ads.

Swing Copters 2

Android Police coverage: The Dev Behind Flappy Bird Releases Another Game That's Not Flappy Bird (It's Swing Copters 2)

To be perfectly honest, a game like Swing Copters probably wouldn't make it into this roundup if it wasn't developed by the same fellow who made Flappy Bird. But here we are, with a sequel to the quasi-sequel. The swinging, uneven, single-tap gameplay is more or less intact in this version, but there are more types of obstacles and even a tiny bit of story. How 'bout that.

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Flying is now a serious business. Join us at Copters Inc. Guide your pilot to go through obstacles. Get as many points as you can and recruit more pilots to your team.

[HOW TO PLAY]
  • Tap to start engine and wait until your pilot is lifted
  • Tap to change flying direction
  • Avoid obstacles to fly higher
  • Score as many point as you can

We hope you enjoy this sequel of Swing Copters :-)

Cut the Rope: Magic

Android Police coverage: Zeptolab Goes Back To The Well With Cut The Rope: Magic, Now Available For Free In The Play Store

At this point there are so many versions of Cut The Rope that I honestly can't keep them straight in my head. Here's a hint: in this one the tiny green monster thing turns into other things. Zapping Om Nom with various spells will turn him into a bird, a fish, a lizard, and a few other creatures, each of which responds to the stage in different ways. The core gameplay is still firmly physics-based, and there are familiar in-app purchases a-plenty.

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ABRACADABRA. After more than 750 million downloads, the Cut the Rope series returns with a magical new sequel: Cut the Rope: Magic. Join Om Nom’s newest adventure and transform him into magical forms to help the lovable little monster recover candy stolen by an evil wizard.

  • A magical world with completely new graphics, sound and gameplay elements
  • 5 ways to transform Om Nom into magical creatures along his journey
  • Complex boss levels that will challenge your candy-crunching, rope-cutting skills
  • 100 all-new puzzles, with more coming soon

Shadowgate

Android Police coverage: Classic Dungeon Crawler Shadowgate Gets A Gorgeous Remastered Release On Android

Old-school, dungeon-crawling RPGs don't get much more old-school than Shadowgate. While the original game featured rudimentary combat and puzzle-solving, it didn't even allow for direct character control. Oddly, that makes it ideal for a touchscreen revival. And how: the remastered version features some of the best 2D sprite-based graphics I've ever seen. The old-fashioned sensibilities of the game might now be for everyone, but it's worth checking out if you have fond memories of ancient PC games. A tablet is reccomended.

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Shadowgate is one of the most well-known and beloved point-and-click adventure titles in gaming history. As one of the original titles in the popular MacVenture series that went on to be celebrated on the NES, GBC, and Nintendo 64, Shadowgate quickly endeared players with its fantastic atmospheric soundtrack, perilous locations to progress through, countless puzzles to solve, and more ways to gruesomely die than gamers previously thought possible.

Lost Horizon

Android Police coverage: 2010 Point-And-Click Adventure Game 'Lost Horizon' Is Now On Android For $4.99

Lost Horizon's Play Store description claims that it is a "point-and-click classic." The first part is certainly defensible - it's an adventure game in the old mold, albeit with absolutely gorgeous backgrounds and character animations, following an Indiana Jonesish 1930s pulp story. The claim to being a "classic" is a bit more problematic - the game originally came out in 2010. Let's give it a few more years before you claim to be a pillar of one of gaming's oldest genres, fellas. But in the meantime, pick it up for a very reasonable $5.

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The year is 1936. After his dismissal from the British Air Force, Fenton Paddock struggles along as a smuggler and petty crook – until he receives the lucrative offer to trace an expedition that went missing in the highlands of Tibet. But Fenton and his ex-girlfriend Kim are not the only ones eager to find the missing researchers. The Nazis have sent a secret task force to Tibet as well and assigned them to get hold of the lost explorers, whose revolutionary findings bear the power to change the fate of the world forever.

 

Scribblenauts Unlimited

Android Police coverage: [N-E-W G-A-M-E] Maxwell Doodles A Copy Of Scribblenauts Unlimited In The Play Store, Will Turn It Into Something Real For $4.99 And The Occasional 99 Cent IAP

Scribblenauts is a fairly unique game that allows you to insert more or less anything into the stage just by typing it in. The player then uses said items to progress through levels riddled with physics puzzles. This sequel adds even more crazy contraptions to summon and build in a less structured way, plus new stages and costumes for Maxwell to wear. The game is reasonable at $5, but there are occasional in-app purchases - it is a Warner Bros. title, after all.

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The award-winning, best-selling puzzle game franchise Scribblenauts is back. Imagine Anything. Explore Everything. Welcome to an adventure into a wide-open world, where the most powerful tool is still your imagination. Help Maxwell solve robust puzzles across dozens of seamless, free-roaming levels by summoning any object you can think of. Or you can apply adjectives to existing objects and magically transform their properties.

LEGO® NEXO KNIGHTS™:MERLOK 2.0

Android Police coverage: LEGO's Nexo Knights Franchise Makes Its Play Store Debut, Blending Building Toys With Video Games

LEGO's latest game mixes some of the company's building toys with video games. (No, not that one.) Each playset of Nexo Knights, plus various comics, websites, advertisements, and other junk, includes a scannable shield that will add new powers to your characters in the Merlok 2.0 game. Once you've scanned in as much as possible, it becomes a fairly standard LEGO game, complete with basic combat and puzzles. The game is free, the toys are not.

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Battle your way to glory in LEGO NEXO KNIGHTS. Knighton is under attack from the evil Jestro and his army of Lava Monsters in this action battle game. With help from the digital wizard Merlok 2.0 you must gather your team of NEXO KNIGHTS and build a powerful collection of unique NEXO Powers.

HOW TO COLLECT NEXO POWERS

  • Use NEXO Scan to collect awesome battle skills in the real world.
  • The more NEXO Powers you collect the more powerful you become.
  • Collect, battle and save Knighton.

Lifeline: Silent Night

The Lifeline series has been popular for bringing story-driven RPG elements into a sort of augmented reality mobile format. The latest entry refocuses on the original protagonist, Taylor, as he makes his way through another suspenseful text-based storyline driven by the responses of the player. Like Lifeline 2, Silent Night includes support for notifications (which let you continue the story without opening the app) and responding via Android Wear.

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Taylor is back in a suspenseful, new, real-time adventure for Android and Android Wear – Lifeline: Silent Night. Your choices shape the story as you play, and could mean life or death for one intrepid space explorer. The hearts and imaginations of countless players worldwide were captured when the original Lifeline took Android by storm and now Taylor needs your help again in Lifeline: Silent Night.

Maestria

Maestria is a puzzle game that tasks the player with ringing bells in the right order to clear the stage. The concept isn't all that deep, but the presentation is amazing: the isometric 3D stages mix the perspective of Monument Valley with a pastel color scheme and an impressively varied set of stages. And speaking of which, there are more than 160 of them for just $2 with no in-app purchases.

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Maestria is a new kind of puzzle game in which you will help Fugue bring back Harmony in eight enchanting worlds. In order to win, you just need to ring the bells in the correct order. Easy enough... But will you find a solution to the 160 levels of the game?

The Beggar's Ride

If wishes were horses, then beggars would ride. If wishes were 2D mobile platformers with a focus on puzzle-solving and exploration, at least one of them might be this game. The player explores the various stages in search of clues and solutions to advance the mild fantasy story. Progressing through the game unlocks new powers in a Metroidvania-style, and there are no ads or in-app purchases.

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One night an old man found a mysterious mask; a key to a world hidden on the other side of the rain. It was destined for a hero, a champion, a saviour, but the old man was just a beggar. Uncover the secrets held within the mask as you journey through strange and beautiful lands wielding god like powers over the world around you and discover the truth behind who The Beggar really is.

Narborion Origins: Lord Malbor

Lord Malbor is a turn-based battle game that tries to emulate tabletop RPGs, in the style of the Narborian Saga games that the story is based on. You take on the mantle of the titular character (before he goes all Anakin Skywalker) as he and his young friends go dungeon diving underneath their boarding school. Players of tabletop and pen-and-paper RPGs should enjoy it. The game costs just a dollar.

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Terrible things are about to happen in the Fangor Boarding School. Will you be able to turn the tide of history, or will you become Lord Malbor, dreaded master vampire and ally of Mordon, Lord of Darkness? Play as the young Lord Malbor and his two friends Shamos and Cormus. Join the Secret Society of Sorcerers' Siblings and uncover the mysteries of the dark powers. Enter the ever-changing crypt underneath the school and find out what's happening in the dark.

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Fortress: Destroyer

Fortress: Destroyer is a top-down boat battle game with RPG-style progression. You'll steer and shoot across the water as you take down bigger and bigger opponents to build both your personal ship and your fleet into aquatic killing machines. The game includes both singleplayer and multiplayer modes, though you might want to avoid the latter if you're not interested in perusing the in-game store for IAP.

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Build the biggest, most blisteringly powerful battleship fleet imaginable, then fight back against the tyrannical Blackwater navy in this innovative action-RPG from the makers of Bloons TD 5. Choose one of 3 ship classes, fill multiple gun slots with powerful weapons, and add Modules to get new abilities. Take your custom ship build into one of 15 missions, and unleash pure havoc as you target your weapons, ram enemies into gibs, and trigger ocean boiling special abilities.

Metro 2033: Wars

The Metro series of PC shooters is actually based on a series of Russian novels, which also provide the inspiration for this top-down tactical RPG. Fight through the post-apocalyptic world to best both human enemies and mutated critters, then take refuge in subway stations, the only part of the world that hasn't been destroyed. The game features a ton of different enemies and factions, plus a trading system and base-builder. Metro 2033: Wars is pricey at $8, but there are no in-app purchases.

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It’s the year 2033 and the entirety of the world has been reduced to nuclear rubble. Humanity is nearing extinction and radiation is making even the most basic surface dwelling, uninhabitable. New life forms have arisen that are far better adapted to this new dark, damp and alien-like world. Bands of survivors live on without ever knowing the warmth of sunlight, and whether or not they are the last ones left on Earth. The Moscow Metro is the reluctant home for this new humanity and one you protect at all costs.

Breakneck

Breakneck is a high-end "endless runner" where you pilot a Wipeout-style hovercraft, avoid obstacles, boost to escape your enemies, and get as far as you can without dying. The graphics and sound are impressive (and it doesn't hurt that the game is compatible with Android TV), but the gameplay is a little simple - race, get upgrades, race, die, and repeat. Your progress is unfortunately limited by the freemium model.

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Master your speeder and defeat your pursuers in high speed action across a world ravaged by an alien occupation. Fly at BREAKNECK speed as you pursue your mission and get as far as you can. The world is now occupied by invaders—and they are hunting you. Scramble through unfamiliar terrain, dodging obstacles and evading capture and destruction. Retrace and optimize your route to improve your distance. Test your limits and your control, and earn rewards for the risks you take.

Mechanic Escape

Mechanic Escape is a standard runner-platformer with some impressive visual design. While the gameplay is uncompromisingly two-dimensional, the look of the player character, monsters, stages, and bosses is unique and appealing. If you're a fan of the Rayman mobile games but prefer your heroes a little more pixelated, then this one's for you. The game is $2 with no in-app purchases.

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In a world oppressed by ruthless machines, a stronghold full of die-hard TV-sets resists the persecution. Your lost friends and the lack of resources drive you to take action against the extinction. Brave the dangers and go find your comrades to rescue your species. Mechanic escape is a platform game full of infernal chases. In order to find his lost friends, Mech (the hero) doesn't hesitate to play the human cannonball, to pass throughout high-voltage areas or even dodge the most deadly machines.

Тoon Clash Chess

This is a pretty standard chess game, no fancy modifiers or odd twists, but it's gussied up in 3D graphics designed to appeal to kids. Toon Clash includes a ton of tutorial content intended to quickly and easily teach young players how the pieces move and some basic strategy. With the $6 IAP unlock for the full version you get undo moves, hints, extra boards, and a two-player local mode. Not bad!

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Enjoy chess as you never did, coming to live through the help of the wonderful 3D animated characters in the charming fantasy world of Playville.

• Amazing fantasy 3D world.
• Three different locations ( boards ) to play in – Forest, Playville ( the town ) and The Magic Tree.
• Unique action 3D characters.
• Hundreds of fun arcade style animations bringing chess pieces to live.

Skilltree Saga

Skilltree Saga is a battle-focused RPG that takes more than a little inspiration from the RPG-books that Tin Man Games specializes in. The combat, wherein your hero faces off various human and monster opponents, is real-time. But the rest of the game progresses in a mostly text-based affair, with the big draw being the titular "skill tree" that forces players into specific specializations.

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Skilltree Saga is the first casual RPG with Rogue-like Elements in Aventurien - the world of The Dark Eye. Choose your race as human, elf or dwarf and battle your random generated opponents in up to 100 deep stages with numerous skill, which you can advance and enhance. A sinister spawn of orks and goblins led by the Dark Ruler Sargul are besieging the city of Griffonford.

Baseball Riot

In regular baseball, hitting someone with a ball is generally frowned upon. In Baseball Riot it's the whole point. This physics puzzle game instructs players to hit the ball strategically and konk bad guys in the head, making use of parabolic arcs and various environmental variables to get the angles just right, plus power-ups to add a little variety. The game is free with 100 levels, and any $3 in-app purchase removes advertising to boot.

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Baseball Riot is a fun physics based puzzle game packed with slapstick comedy and mayhem. Take control of retired star batter Gabe Carpaccio as he goes on a crusade to free his former team from the grasp of Explodz Inc. Smash baseballs at various Explodz fueled goons such as obnoxious fans, biased umpires, leery catchers and more. Bounce the ball of walls and platforms to knock out many targets with one hit. Detonate Explodz crates to launch the baddies sky high.

Rust Bucket

Rust Bucket is a turn-based roguelike dungeon-crawler... that appears to star a disembodied head in a snazzy horned helmet. The top-down action should be familiar to anyone who's a fan of the genre, and some of the pixelated animations in this game are particularly appealing. Equal parts action and puzzle skills are needed to advance without dying. Rust Bucket is free with a single $3.66 in-app purchase to kill off advertising.

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Rust Bucket is a turn based dungeon crawler that is built with mobile in mind. Game play is fast and death is never far away so it’s perfect for your daily commute. Swipe to take a step, swipe into enemies to attack. It’s as simple as that, but don’t be fooled into thinking this is a casual game. Explore an endless dungeon with more to discover the deeper you go. Many enemy types each with their own distinctive rule set to overcome.

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