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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

Goat Simulator Waste of Space

Android Police coverage: [Here We Goat Again] Goat Simulator Waste Of Space Takes You On An Intergalactic Mission

Goat Simulator goes to infinity and beyond with the third expansion on the original irreverent game. This one takes a swipe at pretty much every science fiction franchise from 2001: A Space Odyssey forward, but it takes particular glee in making fun of the Kickstarter-funded Star Citizen. You can still get some enjoyment out of the sheer random humor even if you're not invested in the gaming culture. Like the other Goat Simulator games, Waste of Space is $5.

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You've already been through the zombie apocalypze in Goat Z and made friends with NPCs in the computed world of Goat MMO Simulator. What on earth is there left for you to do? The answer is NOTHING. That's why we leave earth behind and travel to space. Be a space goat and build a space colony by headbutting people and taking their money. Who knows best how to spend it but a goat? Build a Command bridge training simulator, a space museum or even your very own spaceship.
* Tons of unlockable goats with special powers - Create black holes, 3D print stuff in the world and fling people with your mind

Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons

Android Police coverage: Story-Focused Platformer 'Brothers: A Tale Of Two Sons' Jumps From PC And Consoles To The Play Store For $3

The latest PC digital download to make it across the mobile divide is Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons. This story-focused platformer uses an interesting single player co-op mechanic: each of the sibling protagonists is controlled by a different joystick (a virtual one on the mobile release) on opposite sides of the screen. Graphics are impressive for Android, and while this game begs for Android TV and controller support, it's still a great deal at $3.

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A man, clinging to life. His two sons, desperate to cure their ailing father, are left with but one option. They must set out upon a journey to find and bring back the "Water of Life" as they come to rely on one another to survive. One must be strong where the other is weak, brave where the other is fearful, they must be... Brothers.

• Guide two brothers, Naia and Naiee, on an epic fairy tale journey using specially designed, dual virtual joysticks
• Control both brothers simultaneously as you experience co-operative play in single player mode
• Solve puzzles, explore the stunning locations and fight boss battles, using unique qualities of big and little brother each varying in
strength, size and speed
• Experience an emotional story told without words…narrative above the ordinary

Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons
Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons
Developer: 505 Games Srl
Price: $2.99+

Heroes of Loot 2

Android Police coverage: OrangePixel Releases Roguelike Dungeon Crawler Heroes Of Loot 2

OrangePixel is back in its comfort zone with Heroes of Loot 2, a sequel to its fast-paced dungeon crawler. This one has a tag team system that lets you use two heroes at once to take advantage of combos and defeat trickier puzzles. The graphics have been improved (though they're still "inspired" by old-school pixelated visuals), and a new perma-item system will let you cheat past the roguelike setup for your best loot. At launch the game is just two fiddy with no IAP.

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After their job, of keeping the dungeons in balance, was done, our heroes needed a new job. Roaming the lands they found a call for heroes, a castle in need, possible even a damsel in distress? Pick two heroes to take into the adventure, controlling both heroes and using their special skills to navigate the dangerous castle hallways, rooms and floors. Switching between the two characters to solve quests, puzzles, and of course clear the dungeons of all evil.

Heroes of Loot 2
Heroes of Loot 2
Developer: OrangePixel
Price: $3.99

VOEZ

Android Police coverage: VOEZ, The Spiritual Sequel To Rhythm Game Favorite Cytus, Lands On The Play Store

VOEZ is a rhythm-slash-music game, and in terms of pure mechanics, not an especially notable one. Tap, swipe, and slide your fingers along to the beat and get points, and that's about it. But the slick anime-inspired presentation, the variety of musical genres, and the sheer intensity of some of the stages should attract those looking for a challenge. It doesn't hurt that the game just oozes style. VOEZ is free to play, but players can pay to unlock stages if the previous ones are too hard.

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VOEZ invites you to embark on the remarkable journey of teenage dreams, following after Cytus and Deemo, two titles that took the world by storm, Bringing out the most of Rayark’s developing forces is the rhythm game VOEZ which has officially arrived.

  • Game app free of charge, just download to join VOEZ.
  • Dynamic tracks with falling notes, bringing visual and gameplay experience to a whole new level.
  • Striving to be a record breaking rhythm game with the largest music collection to date.
  • Players will be able to access new tunes on a monthly basis.
  • As the game progresses, players will join the game characters on their youthful adventures
  • Occasional updates will feature vast selection of new free and paid song packs
  • Ability to create game account and engage in real time competition with other players around the world for the leaderboard
  • Introducing multiple game modes. “Challenge”, “Tournament” and more to come soon, please stay tuned

VOEZ
VOEZ
Price: Free+

Sky Force Reloaded

Android Police coverage: Sky Force Reloaded Brings More Top-Down Shoot 'Em Up Fun To Android

The original Sky Force was a top-down shoot-em-up with old fashioned sensibilities and newfangled graphics. Sky Force Reloaded is the same... only more so. You know the drill: you have enemies, you have bullets, and the point of the game is to bring the two into glorious conjunction. Ridiculous weapon upgrades and power-ups are par for the course, and though this is technically a free-to-play game, the IAP tops out at an entirely reasonable $2.

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There are many scrolling shooters but none of them is like "Sky Force". This stunning shoot ‘em up game combines the classic arcade elements with the new possibilities offered by current technology. The new installment in the series just came out in a spectacular style. "Sky Force 2014" was a huge success, acclaimed by gamers and critics. "Reloaded" gives players more of what they loved in the previous "Sky Force". Get ready for your device getting hot and your finger getting sore.

Sky Force Reloaded
Sky Force Reloaded
Developer: Infinite Dreams
Price: Free+

Crashing Season

Android Police coverage: Low-Poly Animals Do Battle With Humanity In Crashing Season, Now Available On Android

Crashing Season is a top-down 3D brawler where the objective is to cause as much mayhem as possible. The twist is that players control a collection of low-poly animals, finally allowing them to put the phrase "bull in a china shop" into practice. Though the premise is simple, the gameplay is bolstered by all kinds of environmental variables and power-ups, and surprisingly there are some multiplayer modes as well.

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Crashing Season is an award winning action-packed runner game, with a physics based 3D world in which your mission is to survive and beat waves of enemies, fight mean bosses and complete goals. Evil hunters and their bosses have destroyed the money vault of the animals in their quest for world dominance. Now it is time for epic revenge. Collect your coins and diamonds back and take over the world yourself while beating any enemy that stands in your way.

Crashing Season
Crashing Season
Developer: Koukoi Games
Price: Free+

NOT A HERO

Android Police coverage: 2D Shooter 'Not A Hero' Brings Pixelated Ultra-Violence To Android TV And SHIELD Devices For $13

Not A Hero is a 2D platformer-shooter that styles itself after the irreverent British action/gangster movie genre. It's predicated on fast, frantic action and goofy ultraviolent humor, two things that have given it a very positive response on Steam. If you'd like to play it on Android you'll need either an Android TV device or an NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet or Portable with built-in controls. It's pricey at $13, but no more expensive than it is on other platforms.

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Join the Campaign trail in this funstoppable 2.25D pixelated political opus from Roll7. Shoot, slide and execute your way through 25 levels of incredibly British action and humour as you persuade the world to ‘Vote BunnyLord’. Ue reasonable force unreasonably in a dynamic mix of run-and-gun gameplay and cover-based shootouts. The intuitive quick-snap cover system lets you slide, roll, and dive into cover, dodging enemy fire before fighting back with tackles, executions, and hundreds of bullets.

NOT A HERO
NOT A HERO
Developer: DevolverDigital
Price: $12.99

Romancing SaGa 2

Android Police coverage: Square Enix's Romancing SaGa 2 Released On Android With English Translation

The latest classic Squaresoft RPG to get an Android re-release probably isn't one of the company's better-known titles (at least in the west), but it should be exciting for fans of unapologetically Japanese RPGs. Romancing SaGa 2, chronologically the fifth game in its series, was released on the Super NES way back in 1993. The new version has upgraded graphics, touch controls on mobile, a full English translation... and an $18 price tag.

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Romancing SaGa 2, originally released only in Japan in 1993, has been completely remastered and now receives its first ever official English translation. The SaGa series is one of Square Enix’s most beloved. The first three titles were originally branded overseas under the “FINAL FANTASY LEGEND” moniker , and garnered critical acclaim for their complex yet compelling combat system.

 

Romancing SaGa 2
Romancing SaGa 2
Price: $17.99

Tiny Tower

Android Police coverage: NimbleBit Re-Releases Tiny Tower On Android In Celebration Of Five-Year Anniversary

Tiny Tower isn't a new game, obviously. It's been re-released and republished as a five year anniversary edition - I guess since everything moves faster in mobile gaming, even the re-releases get a better schedule. The new version of the game has the same building and managing elements that made the original a hit, but there are new floors and cosmetic extras and a few tweaks to make managing your tower less tedious. IAP goes up to $40.

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Tiny Tower lets you build a tiny tower and manage the businesses and bitizens that inhabit it. Make money to build new types of floors and attract bitizens to live and work inside. Customize the look and names of each floor and the bitizens that live in them, make your tower special. Play Games integration lets you visit your friends’ towers, and even send them bitizens. See what is on your bitizens' minds by peeking at the often hilarious "BitBook" virtual social network for your tower.

Tiny Tower
Tiny Tower
Developer: NimbleBit LLC
Price: Free+

VR Party Game (Cardboard)

Android Police coverage: VR Party Game Is A Ridiculously Confusing Virtual Reality Experience For Cardboard

Developers are still exploring gameplay niches for the new crop of virtual reality headsets that are hitting the market. "Drunk party-goers" is technically a niche, right? This game exploits Google Cardboard's slightly disorienting view and its exposed camera design to give players distorted views of the real world: a two-second delay, a flipped mirror view, and an upside down view (with a $1 IAP). It should be entertaining in groups, at least once you drop the beer and start on the tequila.

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This app turns your VR cardboard or any VR-goggles into a mind twisting party game that everyone present will love. This is a genial app that makes a single cardboard incredibly fun for everyone at your party. Put the cardboard or VR-goggles on your friends and ask them to do the simplest task, they will stumble around, walk the opposite direction and totally fail to navigate while everyone around will have a fun time.

VR Party Game (Cardboard)
VR Party Game (Cardboard)
Developer: Combatapp
Price: $0.99+

Skater

Remember those tiny finger skateboards that were popular for about a month fifteen years or so ago? The creatively-named Skater is essentially that experience - where your two fingers replace the "feet" on a real skateboard - in video game form. It's also surprisingly faithful to real skateboarding culture for a mobile game, including authentic tricks, skate parks, and licensed gear. Skater is five bucks with no in-app purchases.

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Designed by skaters for skaters, we teamed up with 20 of the most prominent brands in skating to create the game every skater has been waiting for. Use the touch screen to directly control your shoes and board. Controls have been carefully designed to highlight the things that are most fun and important in actual skating, with a strong focus on flow of tricks and runs. This is the first touch-based skating game to include the full range of street tricks. Jump from Ollie, Switch, Fakie and Nollie and perform all standard flip tricks.

Skater
Skater
Developer: The Skater Team
Price: $4.99+

Lifeline: Whiteout

The Lifeline series of augmented game-books is back, this time in a frozen capacity. The format is the same as it's always been: you're receiving short but regular bursts of communication from a man trapped in a survival situation. It plays out in a series of notifications and players don't even have to open the app to continue the story - it even works with Android Wear. Lifeline: Whiteout is $3 with no in-app purchases.

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Alone in a frozen wasteland with no memory of how he got there, a lost adventurer’s only hope is his last line of communication – to YOU. Guide him to safety and help him find his identity in this gripping story of survival. Your choices shape the story as you play. Decisions can have a profound effect. Finish the game and then play again to discover a whole new story when you make different choices.

Lifeline: Whiteout
Lifeline: Whiteout
Developer: 3 Minute Games
Price: $1.99+

Castles of Mad King Ludwig

Castles of Mad King Ludwig was originally a board game wherein the players build a castle for someone who's mildly based on eccentric European royalty. The digital version faithfully follows the board game and allows play versus the AI or hot potato local multiplayer, plus an extensive training mode to get you familiar with the mechanics. It's a bit pricey at $7, but there are no in-app purchases or expansions, so it's a pretty decent deal compared to the physical version.

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Ted Alspach's castle-building board game comes alive on Android. The winner of the prestigious 2015 Mensa Mind Games award tasks players with building extravagant castles for King Ludwig of Bavaria. Castles are constructed one room at a time, with a different player each round setting the prices for the others, resulting in a competitive, engaging game where building is as much fun as winning.

Castles of Mad King Ludwig
Castles of Mad King Ludwig
Developer: Jeremiah Maher
Price: $6.99

Game Studio Tycoon 3

So you want to experience the incredibly draining, stressful, and speculative world of professional game design? Why? Whatever the reason, apparently enough people actually do that there are now three of these games where you manage a small studio that everyone loves until it becomes a gigantic publisher that everyone hates. The latest version includes multiple game genres, gaming conventions, new strategies, and seven opponent AI developers, all for four bucks with no IAP.

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It’s a dream of every amateur and pro gamer to have their own personal game studio where they can hire the best developers, create awesome video games and sell them for a huge profit. Game Studio Tycoon 3 gives you the chance to simulate a fully functional game development studio. Do you have what it takes to beat the competition and become the best studio in the industry?

Game Studio Tycoon 3
Game Studio Tycoon 3
Developer: Michael Sherwin
Price: $3.99

metaBall

MetaBall is the spiritual descendant of games like Marble Madness and Super Monkey Ball. You roll around on relatively simple stages that take advantage of the 3D graphics to add some surprising verticality to the puzzle-slash-twitch setup. A little more than one dollar will get you 30 stages with no in-app purchases, and MetaBall supports external controllers.

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The illegitimate love child of Marble Madness and Q*Bert. This is metaBall, Hardline Studios second game. A fresh and unique twist on the generic ball rolling genre. Carefully control your ball and move it over tiles in order to flip them from one state to another. Some tiles fall away, some tiles need to be flipped multiple times and other tiles reverse flip. Various obstacles will impede your movement and make finishing a level more difficult.

metaBall
metaBall
Developer: Hardline Studios
Price: $1.00

Rolld

Rolld is one of those endless runners where you control the floor instead of the runner. The distinction is subtle, but imagine it as a 2D version of something like Super Monkey Ball and you'll get it. The game includes five "worlds" aping classic console graphics and four difficulty settings, but the gameplay is pretty consistent between them. Though the description claims that the game is "multiplayer-focused," that's limited to leaderboards. $1 with no in-app purchases.

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In this arcade, multiplayer-focused endless runner you will be fine as long as you remember the twist: you do not control the hero...you control the track. Challenge yourself and your reflexes to keep the track level for as long as possible. Sounds easy? Why not give it a try to see for yourself? Run through the varying settings all specifically stylized with references and inspirations ranging from the CGA era, through 8-16bit NES/SNES to the golden ages of the Amiga and more.

Rolld
Rolld
Price: $0.99

Hockey Hero

Imagine the old NES hockey games reset into an endless mobile title, and that's basically Hockey Hero. There are two primary functions, dribbling (do they call it dribbling in hockey? I have no idea) and shooting, both of which use very simple mobile controls to achieve pretty much the same thing. When it's time to strike, a pixelated version of bullet time can slow down the action for you. The game is free, but in-app purchases top out at less than three dollars.

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Drop the puck for infinite goal scoring fun and win glory in the Hockey Leagues with your favorite team. Be the famous player of your heroic team and have fun dribbling past defenders this Hockey season. Dribble skillfully to avoid endless tackles and reach within shooting range to strike. Show off your hockey skills and Score the highest to celebrate victories. Unlock and Play for your favorite city team. Shoot most goals against and beat goal scoring records to top the Global Leaderboard.

Barking Irons

Barking Irons is a sort of old-school shooter... except that the mechanics don't really match any retro game, even if the graphics do. The only real point is shooting everything on the screen. That's more complex than it sounds - combos are based on straight lines, so you'll need to wait for enemies to be in ideal locations for the best shots. You'll have plenty of time to practice, since the setup is endless.

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Bullets, bombs and bad breath. A gang of fearsome outlaws has descended upon the county of Barking Irons. With six-shooter in hand, a thirst for justice and a faltering sense of self-preservation; Wes the local lawman charges into battle. Enter the world of Barking Irons, an endless shooting-gallery set in the Wild West. Pull back the hammer of your very own revolver with our touch-drag-release shooting mechanic. Hone your gun-slinging skills fighting the endless onslaught of oddball outlaws for a taste of the wild frontier.

Barking Irons
Barking Irons
Price: $0.99

CATTCH: Insane Platform Action

Cattch is a fairly standard platformer with so much color in its design aesthetic that the developer may in fact be Lisa Frank in disguise. Aside from the quite nice 2D graphics you get fairly standard platforming with puzzles to spice things up on occasion. 50 levels is pretty good for a freebie, but you can throw the developer a $2 tip to remove the advertising too.

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Getting bored of continously dying in slitherio agar io or other io like games? Get ready for sizzling graphics, true platforming action, and mind-bending puzzle play in the colorful new adventure Cattch - from the award winning studio that brought you the arcade hit Darklings. You must take Cattch, a hyper-color cat, on a journey of revenge, to bounce on all those nasty little monsters before the weekend is over, so he can save his friends and finally chill out.

CATTCH: Insane Platform Action
CATTCH: Insane Platform Action
Developer: MildMania
Price: Free+

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