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[Bonus Round] Steppy Pants, Agricola All Creatures Big & Small, It's A Space Thing, Bad Banker, and Logic Traces
[Bonus Round] Bulb Boy, Titan HD, Monolithic, Orbt, One More Jump, and Circle Affinity
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Welcome to the latest entry in our Bonus Round series, wherein we tell you all about the new Android games of the day that we couldn't get to during our regular news rounds. Consider this a quick update for the dedicated gamers who can't wait for our bi-weekly roundups, and don't want to wade through a whole day's worth of news just to get their pixelated fix. Today we have a freaky point-and-click adventure, a classic board game, a spatial puzzler, a casual astronomic juggle game, and two challenging platformers. Without further ado:
Don't let the cutesy, Kirby-style character design of Bulb Boy fool you: this point-and-click adventure game is straight freaky. The incongruity of art style and tone, where players will often die in gruesome, horror-filled animated sequences, reminds me of The Binding of Isaac. You play as an animate light bulb who can use his electric head to solve logic puzzles and (hopefully) banish a collection of Cronenbergish nightmares from your house. It's not for the faint of heart, but at least it's cheap at $2.50 with no in-app purchases.
One gloomy night, Bulb Boy wakes suddenly from a frightening nightmare to discover that evil has overshadowed the Bulbhouse. His family has disappeared and there are horrid monsters lurking in the shadows. Gather the courage and use his glass head to save everything he loves. Find light in yourself. Bulb Boy is an intuitive 2D point & click horror adventure about a boy with a glowing head (alright, it's a bulb...) inspired by Machinarium and Gobliiins. Solve puzzles, defeat wicked monsters and reveal bulby's abilities to unfold a twisted tale.
Titan is a fantasy-themed tile board game that dates all the way back to 1980. This digital translation of the game keeps the hexagonal tactical setup and eschews any fancy visualizations, but brings the 6-person multiplayer support to both local and online matches, including AI and human opponents in both modes. Everything prospective players need (including a tutorial) is included for five bucks, but the game is only for tablets.
The epic struggle for domination is now available for Android tablets. Players take the role of a Titan, moving through the constantly changing terrain of the Land with Legions of Ogres, Gargoyles and other monsters of myth and legend. Players move their Legions along specific pathways recruiting creatures to their side and using those Legions to battle their opponents. Battles then take place on separate terrain maps where only the strongest survive.
Monolithic is sort of a single-player version of Jenga with wooden shapes that can come in any size. You can lay the irregular blocks in any orientation without having to worry about physics... up to a point. If you reach a vertical checkpoint and your tower isn't structurally sound, it all comes crashing down. Currency-based upgrades let you change or skip blocks or drop a new sturdy base. Take note: I found the controls really clunky and difficult to use. Monolithic does have ads and in-app purchases for currency that go up to $5.
Build a tower of impossible shapes in Monolithic. A 3d puzzler with a gorgeous minimalistic 3d art style. Place your shapes, rotate them into place, rotate around your tower and watch as it grows bigger. Towers need to be sturdy, so make sure you put your pieces in the right place.
-Soothing and relaxing gameplay
-Great original soundtrack
-Intuitive controls and original gameplay
orbt - Gravity Defying Action
In Orbt, you play the unlucky god of a planet that orbits a black hole. It's your job to nudge the planet higher or lower in its orbit to avoid incoming extinction-level meteors. The result is a balancing act between dodging fiery death for your Lilliputian worshipers or letting them all collapse into a gravity well. There's no real endgame to Orbt, just see how long you can last. A single $1 in-app purchase removes ads.
Simply touch the screen to stop your planet from getting sucked into the black hole and do your best to avoid all dangerous obstacles. Survive as long as you can, the closer you are to the center; the faster you achieve points. Good Luck.
● Simple One Touch Controls
● Endless, fast paced, challenging action Game play
● Play Games Achievements
● Play Games Leader boards for comparing with friends and globally
● Optimized for a wide variety of phones and tablets
● A single In-App purchase allows you to remove the ads
One More Jump
One More Jump is pretty simple as far as platformers go: tap to make the auto-running square jump, grab coins, avoid obstacles. The hook comes from the game's surface system: the dot jumps in a sort of orbital path around the platforms, sticking to white surfaces but being killed by everything else. (Watch the video to get the gist.) It's a surprisingly compelling casual game with 70 levels included in the free download. Ads can be banished for just over two dollars.
One More Jump is a hand-crafted intense arcade platformer from the team that brought you One More Line and Thumb Drift. Simple to learn one touch controls. Hard to master levels that will test your muscle memory, concentration and sanity.
- 70+ Hand crafted levels (new levels added every month)
- Insanely-hard challenge levels. (no seriously, enter at own risk..)
- Daily endless mode : One new level every day.
- Customise your character with unlockable themes and avatars
- Original music soundtrack by Batterie
Circle Affinity is, broadly, a platforming game. But that doesn't really sell it: you play as a little man who runs left or right outside a circle. Jump at the right time and you'll start running around the inside, wherein you can jump to the outside of another circle. At irregular intervals the beat drops, making the whole screen fill up with hazards. It's one of those twitchy games that revels in its simple difficulty. Circle Affinity is free with ads and IAP according to the dev, but I can't find them so far.
circle affinity is a love letter to circles. a circular platformer about the beauty and joy of infinitely running around in circles for some reason. with a control scheme that's definitely not confusing at all, navigate your character through a series of circular hazards. bring circles to a forgotten circle, and uncover a circle hidden deep beneath the circles.
• pretty fun gameplay (it's all right)
• 60 color palettes to unlock (with circles)
• there are some ads and iap (i'm sorry)
• no filler - a veritable infinity of meticulously handcrafted circles
• 3 circular game modes
• 3 circular challenge modes (epilepsy warning)
• 11 original & remix tracks from jack+jim (they're good)
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