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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

LEGO® Star Wars™: TFA

Android Police coverage: LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens beeps and bops its way onto Android

At one time we could expect to wait a year or more for the latest LEGO licensed games to make it to Android - now we're down to a couple of months. That's progress. The LEGO version of Star Wars 7 combines the narrative of the movie with LEGO's usual action-adventure formula: lots of fairly basic combat and puzzles, a few vehicle stages, and a ton of unlockable characters. This one seems to be a cut above the usual 3DS/Vita ports in terms of graphics, too. It's a free download with a single $10 in-app purchase to unlock the full game.

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Relive the galaxy's greatest adventure in LEGO® Star Wars™: The Force Awakens™ for mobile. Play as heroic characters from the movie, including Rey, Finn, Poe Dameron, Han Solo, Chewbacca, C-3PO and BB-8, as well as Kylo Ren and General Hux. LEGO® Star Wars™: The Force Awakens™ immerses fans in the new Star Wars™ adventure like never before, retold through the clever and witty LEGO lens. Additionally, players will experience previously untold story levels that explore the time leading up to Star Wars™: The Force Awakens™.

Guild of Dungeoneering

Android Police coverage: Versus Evil releases Guild of Dungeoneering, an RPG that will increase in price over time

Most developers release special editions or pre-order bonuses to try and increase game sales early on in the cycle. Not Versus Evil: their approach is to make the game bigger and more expensive as the developers work on it. That's essentially mandatory DLC for later buyers, but it's an interesting incentive model nonetheless. Guild of Dungeoneering's gameplay is unique, too: the computer controls the "hero" and the player uses a deck system to build a dungeon around him.

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Become the ultimate Dungeon Master as you bribe, entice and coax your heroes through their adventures on a quest to restore your guild to its ultimate glory. Guild of Dungeoneering is a unique turn-based RPG with a twist: instead of controlling the hero, you build the dungeon around him. Using cards drawn from your Guild decks, you lay down rooms, monsters, traps and of course loot. Meanwhile your hero is making his own decisions on where to go and what to fight.

Guild of Dungeoneering
Guild of Dungeoneering
Developer: Versus Evil
Price: $5.99

Rooms of Doom - Minion Madness

Android Police coverage: The latest game from Crossy Road publisher is the endless runner Rooms of Doom

The publisher who made Crossy Road can more or less print money at this point - after releasing several popular casual games, they're on a roll. The latest is Rooms of Doom, an endless runner that shifts the theme and the perspective. You control any number of adorably blocky critters as they progress through some remarkably creative levels, with elements and play styles that shift from room to room. The game is free with random character unlocks, but you can get any one you wish for a buck.

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Play as Dr. Doom’s minions where you will run, jump, slide, fly, swim and barrel blast your way through Dr. Doom’s endless rooms. Will it be a combination of a bird and a banana? A sheep and a wolf? Or maybe a bear with a bee? Which minion will prove strong enough to help Dr. Doom take over the world?!

  • Put your reflexes to the test as you dash between 12 different rooms, each with their own gameplay, with many more rooms come.
  • Unlock and upgrade over 25 minion hybrids, each with unique skills, abilities and rare skins to collect
  • Evade spiders, piranhas, ghosts, fireballs, alligators and more as you move through THE ROOMS OF DOOOOOOOM.

 

Rooms of Doom - Minion Madness
Rooms of Doom - Minion Madness

Legends of Heropolis

Android Police coverage: Kairosoft releases Legends of Heropolis, a free-to-play pixel art RPG

Kairosoft is getting in on the superhero genre, or at least the uniquely Japanese "Super Sentai" approach to it. (If you don't know what that is, think Power Rangers.) Legends of Heropolis is more like an old-school, turn-based RPG than the company's usual management games, though there's still a town builder mode. This one is free and ad-supported - unfortunately it has in-app purchases that go up to a staggering $70.

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The town of Heropolis has been destroyed. Can you rebuild it to be the center of justice once more? Grow your heroes, gather your friends, and battle evil in this superhero simulation game. In a town devastated by the nefarious Evilcorp, all hope seems lost... yet the flames of justice aren't so easily quenched. One gallant hero won't rest until their town is restored to its former glory.

Legends of Heropolis
Legends of Heropolis
Price: Free+

Borderlands 2

Android Police coverage: Borderlands 2 makes its way to the SHIELD Android TV for $15

Borderlands is back on the SHIELD TV, and this time it's brought its A-game. Borderlands 2 is widely considered the best entry in the shooter-looter series thanks to solid mechanics, varied environments and enemies, and a surprisingly great storyline. The SHIELD version isn't quite the same spectacle it was on the PC a few years ago, but it's still among the most technically impressive games on any Android system... even if that's exactly one system at the moment.

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Play as one of four new vault hunters facing off against a massive new world of creatures, psychos and the evil mastermind, Handsome Jack exclusively for NVIDIA Shield Android TV and Tablet. Make new friends, arm them with a bazillion weapons and fight alongside them in 4 player co-op on a relentless quest for revenge and redemption across the undiscovered and unpredictable living planet.

 

Borderlands 2
Borderlands 2
Developer: 2K, Inc.
Price: $14.99

Star Nomad 2

This top-down space fighter game with RPG elements isn't the first to use the format, but it ticks all the boxes for fans of a very particular genre. Players upgrade their ship and themselves for combat or trade across a 2D galaxy, and though the art is sprite-based, it's no less impressive for that. Star Nomad 2 uses a roguelike setup to keep you invested (and scared), and players can build up a diverse fleet of AI ships to protect their interests. It's $8 with no in-app purchases.

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Set in a dynamic open-world sandbox with an evolving conflict between three major splinter groups of humanity, players can freely be merchants, bounty hunters, pirates, miners, smugglers or wanderers. Your actions or in-actions, big or small carry consequences that are noticed by the inhabitants and factions. Empires will rise and fall, take a side, or sow the seeds of anarchy. Be immersed in a universe that's alive with random events offering pilots an opportunity for exploitation.

Star Nomad 2
Star Nomad 2
Developer: Halfgeek
Price: $6.99

Crusader Kings: Chronicles

Crusader Kings is a popular strategy series on the PC. This mobile game doesn't follow the same format - it would be more or less impossible with touch controls - but instead shifts to a text-based "gamebook" RPG. It's a smart use of the materials at hand: Crusader Kings Chronicles allows players to go through a somewhat fictionalized medieval conflict from the perspective of a would-be king, offering many solutions to complex problems. It costs a bit less than $5 with extra campaigns unlocked for three bucks each.

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Crusader Kings: Chronicles is an interactive text based game that puts you in the shoes of Guy de Rose as you make your own choices in defending the castle, riding into battle, plotting cunning plans and maybe even engaging in a bit of carnal sin. Crusader Kings: Chronicles takes place in the middle of the war-torn borderlands, where the Scots and the Brits battle for the power and all sense of chivalry is only skin-deep.

Battlefleet Gothic: Leviathan

Battlefield Gothic is a tabletop game that remixes the elements of the Warhammer 40,000 universe into a spaceship battle affair. This mobile edition of the board game ignores the PC version to keep the gameplay turn-based. Players get control of one of the universe's four primary factions, managing gigantic capital ships and smaller, more nimble attack vessels. A single-player campaign is augmented with multiplayer, but unfortunately it's local only. The game is $6, but it's been very well-received by early players and Warhammer fans.

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Dive into Battlefleet Gothic with the epic void battles of the Shield of Baal campaign, from Warhammer 40,000. Control the devastating fleets of the Imperial Navy and the brutal hard-hitting Space Marines to repulse the dreadful and voracious Tyranids. Use strategy to manage your warships through the Cryptus system, protect the galaxy, improve your gigantic fleets and annihilate the invader before it's too late.

Battlefleet Gothic: Leviathan
Battlefleet Gothic: Leviathan

Linia

Linia is a super-minimal twitch game that tasks players with drawing a single line through a constantly-shifting play field. The point is to draw a line that gets all of the colors in the legend, in order. Since the board is always moving, sometimes in unpredictable and space-bending ways, it takes perfect timing and direction to get some of the objectives. The game has an unusually unique premise, and the price is right at $2 with 80 levels and no extra purchases.

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Linia is a colorful puzzle game that mixes a relaxing atmosphere with brain melting challenges. In Linia, you create color sequences by tracing a line connecting coloured shapes. Sounds easy enough, right? Not quite. Imagine when colors are running around, revolving, hiding, changing shape and doing everything they can to avoid being caught by your line. It will take skill and sense of rhythm to get the sequence right. Are you up for the challenge?

Linia
Linia
Price: $1.99

klocki

Klocki is a fairly standard sliding tile puzzle, with a twist. The setup is the same as the puzzles that are practically ancient, pre-dating video games and computers, but the 3D perspective allows the playing field to be extended over multi-dimensional shapes. It's an impressive little hook, and the game's simple setup facilitates focus on the puzzles rather than the fluff. It's only a dollar with no in-app purchases.

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"klocki" is my second puzzle game after successful "Hook". Its a relaxing game, that is loaded with a lot of different features. Your goal is to connect different types of lines together. Calming music and sounds were made by Wojciech Wasiak. Thank you for playing and supporting me.

 

klocki
klocki
Developer: Rainbow Train
Price: $0.99

Soundtrack Attack

Stephen Universe is one of those rare kids shows that seems to have quite a bit of adult appeal as well. This branded game features the much-loved characters going through a setup that deftly mixes endless running with DDR-style rhythm tapping. The music and visuals make an experience that matches the lighthearted tone of the source material, and though Soundtrack Attack has ads, there are no in-app purchases.

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Soundtrack Attack is a rhythm runner set to the music of Steven Universe. Let’s do this. Tap, hold, and swipe along to the music to unleash awesome attacks and outrun the Homeworld gems in Soundtrack Attack - Steven Universe. Choose a Quartz, Ruby, or Pearl and make them your own. Customize your gem with hair, outfits, accessories, and weapons. Unlock even more options as you play. Soundtrack Attack features the music from the Steven Universe soundtrack, including remixes of “We Are the Crystal Gems,” “Stronger Than You,” “Steven and the Stevens,” “Giant Woman,” and many more.

Soundtrack Attack
Soundtrack Attack
Developer: Cartoon Network
Price: Free

Eden: The Game

If you took the base-building and resource management principles of the RTS genre and then gave them a survivalist makeover, you'd get something like Eden. The game removes the combat from that familiar setup and replaces it with a nice, peaceful beginning of civilization premise. (In... Scotland? Okay.) The low-poly graphics are simple in a very intentional way that I dig, and though the game is "freemium" the IAP tops out at just six dollars. Nice.

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"What if we could start again?” Find out for yourself in this, the official game of the series, Eden, where you must help your very own community grow on the same remote Scottish location. You're responsible for prioritising everything they must do every day; will you have them constructing more camp buildings? Farming? Hunting? Scavenging? Remember to keep the campfire burning brightly to keep morale up - and to customise and decorate the camp to make it feel more homely.

Eden: The Game
Eden: The Game

Frederic: Director's Cut

We've already seen two Frederic games on Android (multiple times, in fact), but this is a remastered version of the original. Players progress through a trippy story about an undead composer interspersed with standard tap-in-time rhythm mechanics. This new version includes improved mobile controls, new stages, a new multiplayer mode, and a complete lack of ads or in-app purchases for just two dollars.

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New version of cult game with new levels and multiplayer. Play Bollywood and Stambul - two new stages, and watch new movies with it's peculiar story. Now you can challenge for a musical duel any user from around the world. Step into Frederic Chopin's shoes, and embark onto an one-of-a-kind adventure through musical genre in this remastered enhanced version.

Frederic: Director's Cut
Frederic: Director's Cut

All is Lost

All Is Lost is a surprising mix of endless runner, science fiction, and existential horror. The purpose of the game is to save residents of a space station. Controls are a mix of taps and swipes, giving the game a somewhat casual feel that doesn't match the desperate tone of the setting, but that doesn't mean that it isn't entertaining. 3D graphics on top of 2D gameplay are enjoyable, and $1 unlocks the entire experience. (The developers say there aren't any IAPs, though the game has an IAP tag on the Play Store - I'm going to take their word for it and assume a Play Store error.)

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In the distant future, mankind is scattered across a vast and dangerous universe. The crews of massive space stations live in a constant struggle for survival. How many can you save?

  • explore a variety of spacecraft as you rescue crew members from certain doom
  • intuitively control your character and the environment as you navigate a path to safety
  • experience gorgeous visuals in a variety of cosmic environments
  • no in-app purchases and no ads
  • achievements and online leaderboards
  • cloud support

All is Lost
All is Lost
Developer: Foursaken Media
Price: $0.99+

Quaser One

Shhhh, nobody tell the developers that "quasar" isn't spelled with an E, okay? Aside from the annoyingly misspelled title, Quasar One offers a super-simple resource management game with a spacefaring theme. Strategy fans who are tired of a combat focus might find something endearing in the cerebral progression, and there's a story that unfolds as you struggle to keep your ship flying. $1 gets you in with no in-app purchases, and there's a sandbox mode once you finish the main story.

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Challenging sci-fi resource management game. You are on board the spaceship Quaser in this resource management game. You have to survive managing 5 different sections of the ship with limited resources until you reach your destination.

* Space survival and resource management
* Unique strategic gameplay
* Polished HD graphics
* A dark and melancholic ambience
* Epic enigmatic story
* Non-combat strategy
* Regular content and balance updates

Quaser One
Quaser One
Developer: kodsay
Price: $0.99

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