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Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android games that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous 2 weeks or so.

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Games

Her Story

Android Police coverage: Her Story, a trippy crime thriller game-movie hybrid, comes to the Play Store for three bucks

Her Story is probably one of the unique games available on any platform at the moment. In this PC port you play as an investigator trying to piece together a murder-mystery by watching, tagging, and organizing hundreds of video clips of interviews with the prime suspect (played by a real actress in live-action video). Patience, logic, and an eye for detail are necessary to get everything in order with the 90s PC interface. Getting to the truth is even harder.

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Playing like an interactive true crime documentary, the game lets you go hands on with a police database full of live action video footage. It stars Viva Seifert, actress and one half of the band Joe Gideon and the Shark. Her Story sits you in front of a mothballed desktop computer and logs you into a police database. Search through hundreds of video clips that cover seven interviews from 1994 in which a British woman is interviewed about her missing husband. Explore the database by typing search terms, watch the clips where she speaks those words and piece together her story.

Her Story
Her Story
Developer: Sam Barlow
Price: $4.99

LEGO® City My City 2

Android Police coverage: LEGO City My City 2 mixes elements from Sim City and sandbox games for kid-friendly fun

LEGO games are reliably decent entertainment for kids, usually with the same basic puzzle-building-fighting mechanics. The My City games are a little more experimental, and the sequel combines some of the city-building elements of management games with racing and activity sections that emulate public services. Kids can customize vehicles for the missions as well. Like most LEGO games there are no in-app purchases, and this one's also free to boot.

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Experience the fun of LEGO® City and save the day. Take to the streets, skies or seas and let your imagination run wild as you build cool vehicles to complete daring missions. Extinguish fires, catch crooks and explore dangerous environments like the volcano using your amazing creations. Complete heroic challenges to win new vehicle components and LEGO bricks, and watch your city grow as you level up.

LEGO® City
LEGO® City
Developer: LEGO System A/S
Price: Free

Rodeo Stampede: Sky Zoo Safari

Android Police coverage: Rodeo Stampede: Sky Zoo Safari, the latest casual game from the makers of Crossy Road, mixes endless runners with park managers

Ropin' and ridin' wouldn't seem to have much to do with Avengers-style airships or exotic zoos, but in this casual game they do. The endless runner portion of the game uses a unique hop-and-rope mechanic to capture African animals (in a cutesy, non-PETA kind of way), after which they're stored in a zoo that you build up and develop. And the zoo is on a giant ever-floating ship thing. It's a fun cycle, though obviously the free-to-play IAP grind sets in after a while.

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Saddle up and get ready to wrassle with the stampede-iest critters this side of the Savannah. Lions and Tigers and Bears are no match for this rodeo star. Armed with a lasso and a ten gallon hat, swing from the backs of stampeding buffalo, elephants, ostrich and more. Hold tight atop these bucking beasts and you might just win their hearts. When the stampede’s over, the zoo begins. Fill enclosures with your four-footed friends and let your patrons gaze in wonder. This is one wild ride that you will not want to miss - YEEHAW

Rodeo Stampede: Sky Zoo Safari
Rodeo Stampede: Sky Zoo Safari

Redungeon

Roguelikes are a dime a dozen on Android, and most of them use the same pixelated faux-retro aesthetic that's on display in Redungeon. But this game's slick presentation and its simple grid-based movement system make it notable - the predictable pacing means players don't have to manage finicky touchscreen controls and twitch timing at once. As usual money and loot get passed on after perma-death, and the game's in-app purchases (including an ad-free option) top out below four dollars.

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The wall in front of me starts to shake and hurtles towards me….I’m dead. Spike holes are underfoot it’s already too late …I’m dead. I take my last breath as the slime creature engulfs me….I’m dead. Like always I’m brought back to try again….is someone helping me or do they just really want me to hurt?Enter the world of Redungeon.

• Endless, random, increasingly difficult dungeons.
• Dozens of complex traps carefully designed to stop you.
• Unlockable characters, each with unique game-changing skills.
• Great music by Dave Cowen, the composer behind Leap Day and Rust Bucket.
• Lots of angry, colourful pixels (and a few friendly ones).
• Swipe controls or on-screen buttons.

Redungeon
Redungeon
Developer: Nitrome
Price: Free+

Viridi

If you don't have the skill or the patience to grow real indoor plants, this soothing little activity center can give you the vicarious experience on your phone. Though there are a variety of real plants players can grow in the simulated pots of Viridi, they don't require quite the same amount of attention as the real thing - the idea is to make a "zen" experience, not a stressful simulator. Plant seeds come free, but can also be purchased via IAP - they're permanent unlocks, so long as you take care of them.

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Nurture a small pot of succulents that grow in real time. Viridi is a safe haven, a place you can return to for a moment of peace and quiet whenever, and wherever you need it. While not fully realistic (they're very forgiving), your succulents will require some maintenance and can die from over- or under-watering. Name your favorite plants, give them special care and attention, and they might even flower for you.

Viridi
Viridi
Developer: Ice Water Games
Price: Free+

Caterzillar

Noodlecake's latest Android game features a caterpillar protagonist. He'll stick to whatever platform he's currently running on, a la They Need To Be Fed. There are some basic Mario-style enemies hidden among the colorful stages, but the real aim of the game is to eat a bunch of stuff and add segments to the critter, Snake-style. Caterzillar features 32 levels for $3, and while the Play Store says it has IAP, none seems to be active at the moment.

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Join Bob the caterpillar on a fun and action packed adventure to rescue the princess and defeat the evil insects who have shattered his world. Defy gravity and stick to surfaces.

  • 4 Gorgeously Designed Chapters
  • 32 Uniquely Crafted Levels
  • Epic Boss Fights
  • Pay Once and Play Forever
  • Beautiful Art and Character Designs

Caterzillar
Caterzillar
Price: $2.99+

Marina Militare It Navy Sim

Most of the realistic military sim games on the Play Store seem to have a distinctly American flavor, but this one is reportedly officially licensed by the Italian Navy. It features semi-realistic depictions of aircraft and ships, everything from a simulated wooden sailing ship to Harrier jets. Graphics are impressive, and the dual focus on air and sea simulation gives the game a wide variety of mission types. The base game is free, but different campaigns are sold as IAP, up to $7.

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Engage in winning missions faithfully reproduced with satellite technology; enter our most advanced simulator of AV-8B Harrier II Plus; prepare to command different vehicles of the Italian Navy. Maneuver the Guided missile destroyer Andrea Doria D553, land on the aircraft carrier Cavour with an F-35B Lightning II destroyer, salvage shipwrecks with the ship RHIB Hurricane 753, engage in FLIR (infrared) recognizance with a EH101 helicopter, sail with the famous training ship Amerigo Vespucci and much more.

Marina Militare It Navy Sim
Marina Militare It Navy Sim
Developer: RORTOS
Price: Free+

Zombillie

Zombillie mixes elements of both Pac-Man and Snake, but without the auto-running of both those games. That allows players to slow down and focus on exploring about 100 maze-based levels in three environments, and the game throws in a few puzzles to make up for the lack of twitchy speed. I could do without the overdone "zombie" theme, but at least the $2 title has no in-app purchases.

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The world has changed. Irrevocably and completely. Green parks have been replaced by grey ruins. Colourful meadows have become toxic swamps. Once vibrant lands are now littered with dust, rubble, concrete, and debris. Most creatures did not survive the Great Change. The survivors faired rather poorly in the immediate aftermath, becoming prey to all manner of predator. However, a lucky few managed to survive even then, to adapt, to thrive, to evolve. Zombillie was one such creature.

Zombillie
Zombillie
Price: $2.99

The Sandbox Evolution

The original Sandbox game was, well, a sandbox, allowing players to literally play God by mixing elements and other basic building blocks to create environments and pass simple physics challenges. The sequel adds more elements, better graphics, much bigger stages, and a host of new social tools, plus some new gods if the traditional white guy with a beard isn't your style. Unfortunately there's some hefty IAP (up to fifty bucks) and early players say the game is particularly prone to crashing.

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Use your godly powers to craft amazing pixel worlds or destroy the universe. Welcome to The Sandbox Evolution, the #1 pixel art world creation game. Play with physics, over 170 elements and controllable heroes. Make your own games or levels, and then share your creations online. There are no limits to your creativity and imagination.

The Sandbox Evolution - Craft!
The Sandbox Evolution - Craft!

Memento Bay

Memento Bay is a simple little racer where you play as a tiny speedboat on a pastel ocean. The game's controls use just one finger and the only real objective is to avoid the obstacles long enough to reach the next checkpoint and continue advancing. The vector graphics are minimal but charming, and the branching levels periodically contain collectible artifacts. Memento Bay is free and the Play Store says it has IAP, but at the moment the awful auto-playing video ads are unskippable, so it's best to play on mute. (Also, it forces a Google Play Games signup dialogue after every interaction, even if you've denied it - I'm assuming that's a bug.)

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Race your boat through the colorful waters of Memento Bay, to discover and collect ancient artifacts. Memento Bay combines the classic formula of arcade checkpoint racing with one touch controls and a minimalist art style.

  • Classic arcade style checkpoint racing. Time is your only opponent.
  • One touch control. Designed for mobile.
  • Vibrant and minimalist art style.
  • Guide your boat through branching paths and seamlessly changing seas.
  • Take alternative paths to discover and collect ancient artifacts.

Memento Bay
Memento Bay
Developer: Boomfruit
Price: Free+

NEO TURF MASTERS

The retro-obsessed folks at DotEmu haven't seemed all that interested in classic sports games until now, but anyone who's a fan of the old Neo Geo golf games will appreciate their newest efforts. Neo Turf Masters includes familiar pixelated graphics, a surprisingly robust cast of pro gold characters, and local multiplayer support. Even better, there's external controller support, and the game works on Android TV. There are no in-app purchases, either - keep up the good work, DotEmu.

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NEOGEO’s legendary golf game is back, in a brand-new mobile ver. with touch controls. NEO TURF MASTERS (also known as “BIG TOURNAMENT GOLF” in Japan) is an arcade classic that touched an entire generation.Competing as one of six international golfers on different courses worldwide, players choose their club, analyze the wind direction, and find the best path to finishing each hole in as few shots as possible.

NEO TURF MASTERS
NEO TURF MASTERS
Developer: DotEmu
Price: $3.49

Dungelot Shattered Lands

This is the third Dungelot game to make it to Android, and it isn't straying far from its roguelike roots. This time around the graphics are better and there's more variety with bosses and mini-games, but anyone looking for the classic formula won't be disappointed. $4 gets you access to 18 dungeons and four characters to crawl with, all without in-app purchases.

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Developed by Red Winter, a two man studio based in Russia, Dungelot: Shattered Lands is the third part in the popular series, and tasked the player with traversing randomly-generated dungeons, smashing enemies in the face and hunting for the keys that will allow you to venture even further. Dungelot originally became a cult hit thanks to its addictive "just one more go" feel, and with Shattered Lands, the Dungelot formula has now been fully realized.

 

Dungelot Shattered Lands
Dungelot Shattered Lands
Developer: tinyBuild
Price: $3.99

Satellite Command

Did you know that international treaties ban the use of weapons of mass destruction in space? It's true. Apparently no one told the people who made Space Command, but that's alright, since it's a 3D combat game that attempts to incorporate real astrophysics into its gameplay. In addition to the pew-pew weapons and upgrades, players have to manage their orbits and velocities to line up the best shots. Be careful of that low orbit pass, though - permadeath has been enabled. The game is $4.49 with no IAP, though some players report some initial bug.

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Satellite Command takes you to the eye-wateringly beautiful low earth orbit. Take command and carefully manage the resources of both your satellites and agency, as you complete varying missions to build an ever more powerful fleet. A tough permadeath game not for the faint-hearted, Satellite Command has been developed in tandem with Space industry experts and features a realistic astrophysics simulation beneath a rogue-like arcade style game. We strongly recommend a Gaming Tablet or high-end phone for the best experience.

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

Pocket Arcade Story

Arcades are dying in the real world, but that doesn't mean you can't pretend to be living in their glory days. Kairosoft would like to enable your fantasy with their latest pixelated management sim. You decide which genre of game to include, including the wonderfully vicarious ability to choose how strong to make the claw machines. (That's right little Timmy, just keep pouring in quarters, you'll get that Mario someday. BWAHAHAHAHA!) It's five bucks with no in-app purchases.

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Here comes a new challenger: it's the arcade simulation game you've been waiting for. Build your very own gaming paradise packed with heaps of game machines and more. If some of your customers become regulars, you can test their mettle in fighting game tournaments. Crush the competition with crazy combos and knock out your opponents with a flurry of fists. If you rise from the fray victorious, more and more customers will pile into your arcade.

Pocket Arcade Story
Pocket Arcade Story
Price: $4.99

Quaser

Quaser (sic) is a game all about managing resources. It's not much to look at - basically just a bunch of sci-fi user interfaces - but the stakes are high. It's your job to keep a spaceship running and its occupants alive (if not necessarily thrilled) until you reach your destination. The game is similar to things like FTL, minus the focus on combat and with an impressive presentation. It's two dollars with no IAP.

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Ready for a real challenge? Space survival resource management game. You are on board the spaceship Quaser. You have to survive managing 5 different sections of the ship with limited resources until you reach your destination.

  • Weekly content updates
  • Google Play Leaderboard and achievements
  • Space survival and resource management
  • Unique strategic gameplay
  • Polished HD graphics
  • A dark and melancholic ambience
  • Epic enigmatic story
  • Non-combat strategy
  • High replay value

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

Adventure Company

This game has players managing an "Adventure Company," which basically means an RPG party that insists on fighting all at once. The hack-and-slash action is center stage here, but the combination of units each with their own skills and equipment lends a surprising amount of strategy to the setup. If you want to get serious with your looting, the game supports external controls. It's free with IAP, but it's at least a little restrained at $20.

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Take to the skies and manage your Adventure Company, a group of warriors dedicated to exploring and finding ancient relics from a mysterious past. Build a team, discover dozens of classes, level up, learn new skills, and find powerful equipment. Use planning and strategy to conquer a variety of unique environments and scenarios, and ultimately rise to the top as the best and most profitable company in the land.

 

Adventure Company
Adventure Company
Developer: Foursaken Media
Price: Free+

Teeny Titans - Teen Titans Go!

Hey, a Pokémon clone worked for Rick and Morty, right? So why not for the cutesy-kiddie-LOLsoRandom-Young-Justice-murdering abomination that is Teen Titans Go? Never mind that it's a vacant and soulless Family Guy-wannabe trying desperately to hold the tiny attention spans of YouTube-watching kids, and that its very existence is an insult to the WB-DC cartoons that came before. NO I'M NOT BITTER ABOUT YOUNG JUSTICE BEING CANCELLED WHY DO YOU ASK. (There are ads, but no in-app purchases, which is nice.)

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Teeny Titans, GO. Join Robin for a figure battling RPG of epic proportions. Play for hours with no in-app purchases. Assemble your squad and face off in 3-on-3 battles. Bust out super moves in real time with the battle bar. Switch between your heroes to launch awesome attacks and take down your opponents. Gotta snatch ‘em all. Collect all 70 Teeny Titans figures, including Terra, Kid Flash, the 80s Titans, Red X, Batgirl, Silkie, and many more. Level up and combine your figs for even more powerful abilities.

Teeny Titans - Teen Titans Go!
Teeny Titans - Teen Titans Go!

Dash Masters

Dash Masters is a simply but stylish little casual game that borrows from both endless runners and those jumping vertical platformers. Tap to the left or right for a diagonal dash up, or swipe for a quick boosting climb. The graphics are appealing in a Mega Man sort of way, and there's a rhythm to the left-right movement that's undeniably appealing. In-app purchases top out at ten bucks.

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The rules are simple. Tap to jump in alternate directions. Swipe up to perform a Dash. Get ready for a true adrenaline rush in this frantic game with dozens of action-packed missions. Fight your way through waves of spiky bots, turrets and moving platforms to the top of the alien battle tower. Jump, dodge and dash to make yourself a hard target. Fire rockets and deploy protective shields to strike back at the enemy. And don't break your neck in perilous duels with Guardian Bots.

Dash Masters
Dash Masters
Developer: Playmous
Price: Free+

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