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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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Android Police coverage: Versus Evil releases Banner Saga 2, looks as beautiful as the original

The first Banner Saga was a stunningly original turn-based strategy game with a unique setting based on Norse mythology. The sequel brings back more of what players loved, including the gorgeous hand-drawn visuals and subtle sound design. Banner Saga 2 offers more units and races, caravan management, and a survival mode (though it's a $1 upgrade). It's more than reasonable at $5, but some early buyers report major bugs.

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The epic award winning story-based role-playing game continues its emotional journey across a breaking world. Lead your Viking clans across hostile country on the brink of collapse. Make bold leadership decisions, manage resources wisely and strike skillfully in battle to survive another day in the harsh wild. Experience the epic story that took the indie gaming world by storm in Banner Saga 2.

Banner Saga 2
Banner Saga 2
Developer: Versus Evil
Price: $9.99+

Dan The Man

Android Police coverage: Dan The Man from Halfbrick Studios is live in the Play Store

Halfbrick seems to have slowed down as of late, but the casual game studio's newest title seems to be bigger and more complex than ever. Dan The Man is a combination of platformer and 2D brawler, allowing players to use its simple control scheme to get through standard one-player stages or multiplayer battles. It's familiar and refreshing at the same time, and built-in support for controllers is welcome. IAP goes up to $50 for currency, but there are ad-free and soft premium options as well.

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Halfbrick studios, the creators of Fruit Ninja and Jetpack Joyride go back to their N64 roots to bring you an action platformer like no other. Featuring a Mario like hero, weapons that go boom and action that hits you like a slug to the chest, Dan The Man is the genesis of a new style of mobile game. Play your way in Story Mode, Endless Survival Mode and Battle Mode to unlock costumes and upgrades and use arcade style controls to defeat super difficult bosses that will make you shake like jelly.

Looty Dungeon

Android Police coverage: Find endless randomly generated loot in Looty Dungeon, from the publisher of Crossy Road

So I guess Yodo is just going to publish Verby Noun games from now on, huh? Looty Dungeon takes the super-simple, addictive formula from Crossy Road and applies it to the roguelike genre. Simple isometric rooms can be attacked with various classes spread out across 50 different heroes, and both the levels and the loot are infinite. In-app purchases only go up to a couple of bucks, but players can also earn coins by watching ads.

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Outwit, outrun, and slay your enemies and in this never ending world of endless dungeons and epic boss battles. Play as a knight, an archer, a pair of dueling twins, a fairy, a wizard or any of the other 50 unforgettably unique characters. Each room comes armed with spike traps, flameballs, catapults, flying arrows and a wide assortment of enemies to prevent you in your task of obtaining riches and glory from the depths of the dungeon.

 

Looty Dungeon
Looty Dungeon
Developer: Taco Illuminati
Price: Free+

LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4

Android Police coverage: [You're on Android, Harry] LEGO Harry Potter games now available for Android

Holy crap. LEGO is usually a little late to Android with some of its licensed games, but this Harry Potter double feature first came to iOS six years ago. Warner Bros took its sweet time getting these Nintendo DS ports over to the Play Store, but at least they have the usual long play times. This release and the following game cover all the plot from seven books and eight movies, for five bucks each with no in-app purchases.

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Play as Harry, Ron, Hermione and many more as you explore Hogwarts and engage in countless hours of gameplay spread across 40+ levels based on the Harry Potter books and movies. Based on the first four Harry Potter books and movies, LEGO® Harry Potter: Years 1-4 builds on the foundations of previous LEGO® video games by offering a mix of fun, accessible gameplay and light-hearted humor – appealing to all ages. Players can explore the wizarding world and feel as though they are at Hogwarts.

LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7

Android Police coverage: [You're on Android, Harry] LEGO Harry Potter games now available for Android

Continue the saga of the Boy Who Lived in this spell-binding adventure for wizards and Muggles alike. Experience Harry’s last years at Hogwarts™ and battle Lord Voldemort™ in the ultimate fight between good and evil. The creative LEGO® prowess unites with the expansive world of Harry Potter™ to deliver an exciting and rewarding gameplay experience that features lessons, spell-casting, dueling and much more for players of all ages.

 

Mafia III: Rivals

Android Police review: Mafia III: Rivals now available for Android, met with mixed reviews

Mafia III looks like a pretty awesome crime action game on consoles, like GTA with more atmosphere and interesting characters. The mobile tie-in game... isn't. It's basically a multiplayer action-RPG where you control bayou gangsters instead of fantasy heroes. The mechanics boil down to something like a card battle game, which probably won't impress you if you were hoping for something like the third-person action of the main series. A lack of story and $100 in-app purchases don't help the lukewarm first impression.

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Steal, seize, and slaughter for control of New Bordeaux in Mafia III: Rivals, a brand new battle RPG set in the violent and gritty universe of Mafia III. Be the boss and assemble your crime family. Outfit your characters with brutal weapons, items, vehicles, and stake your claim over local businesses. As your power grows, so does your stake in the criminal underworld. Own the city.

Mafia III: Rivals
Mafia III: Rivals
Developer: 2K, Inc.
Price: Free+

Gurgamoth

Android Police coverage: OUYA brings 4-player brawler Gurgamoth to Android TV

Gurgamoth is a 4-player brawler wherein combatants vie for the chance to summon an ancient god... by sacrificing their fellow worshipers. The simple, lightning-fast rounds are ideal for parties full of new players, which is probably why this PC port is exclusive to Android TV for the time being. What the game lacks in characters, modes, or story it makes up for in super-speedy combat and a neat counter system. It's $5 with no in-app purchases.

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Gurgamoth is a flying fighting game where the level is your weapon. Gurgamoth is the perfect mix of party chaos and competitive strategy, ideal for sitting around on the couch with a couple of friends. Your only weapon is the level itself: a shifting battlefield with different hazards. Gurgamoth is fast, relying on quick timing, but also your ability to read your opponent. Will they dodge your attack and send you flying into a spinning saw blade?

Gurgamoth
Gurgamoth
Developer: OUYA Global
Price: $5.99

Legend of the Skyfish

Legend of the Skyfish isn't trying to hide its inspiration: it's a pretty straightforward interpretation of old-fashioned, top-down action-RPGs like Zelda. Short, focused levels work well on mobile, and the player-character's fishing pole doubles as a weapon and a grappling hook. The hand-drawn graphics are gorgeous - it's certainly a refreshing change over a sea of pixels. $3 with no in-app purchases is more than worth it.

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Legend of the Skyfish is a beautiful action adventure puzzle game with a unique weapon and tool - a fishing pole. Follow the intrepid Little Red Hook on her journey with the Moonwhale to defeat the monstrous Skyfish. Use your fishing pole as a weapon or a grappling hook, and upgrade it as you go. Legend of the Skyfish is filled with beautiful hand-painted art, intricate action puzzles and unique enemies. Explore a huge world of 45 handcrafted levels and defeat giant bosses.

Legend of the Skyfish
Legend of the Skyfish
Price: $3.99

Burly Men at Sea

Burly Men at Sea is a minimal adventure game about, well, burly sea-men. The three titular men and their giant blonde, brunette, and redhead beards are cast out in story book fashion, with players both advancing and guiding the story as it unfolds. The kiddie aesthetic and minimal interface aren't quite like anything else on the Play Store, except for maybe Doggins, the developer's previous game. It's $5 with no in-app purchases, though a few early players report serious bugs.

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Burly Men at Sea is a folktale about a trio of large, bearded fishermen who step away from the ordinary to seek adventure. Set in the waters of early 20th-century Scandinavia, the game's story branches through a series of encounters with creatures from folklore. You play as storyteller and wayfinder, shaping the narrative around three ungainly heroes. Play through once for a single tale, then set sail again to uncover paths to new adventures.

Burly Men at Sea
Burly Men at Sea
Developer: Brain&Brain
Price: $4.99

Concrete Jungle

Civil engineering and city planning don't seem like they would be ideal subjects for video games, but titles like Sim City prove me wrong. Concrete Jungle comes from ColePowered Games, the makers of MegaCity, and it expands the grid tile-slash-city building gameplay to a new isometric format. Perfectionists will love the blend of strategy and meticulous planning, and the sequel offers co-op multiplayer modes, new playable characters, and much-improved visuals. $5 with no in-app purchases.

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A follow up to the puzzle hit Megacity. Concrete Jungle is a new take on the city building genre that swaps micro-management for a more strategic and puzzle-orientated style of city planning. You have a deck of selected cards which you can use to place buildings. Each building will affect it's surroundings in different ways. The aim of the game is to clear city blocks by gathering the required number of points from your residents, giving more room to build.

 

Concrete Jungle
Concrete Jungle
Price: $4.99

Infamous Machine

Adventure game fans have a lot of options on Android, but Infamous Machine offers a mad scientist who might destroy the universe. What else does a story need, really? This one has a lot in common with Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure - your bumbling hero uses a shower-slash-time machine to visit some of history's greatest scientists. It's a Steam port, which is probably why it's five dollars with no in-app purchases.

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Kelvin and the Infamous Machine is a hilarious point-and-click adventure in which you stumble irresponsibly through history to help legendary geniuses complete their masterworks. Kelvin is the well-meaning research assistant of Dr. Edwin Lupin, an outstanding but tacky physicist who goes completely nuts when his life’s work, a shower-shaped time machine, is ridiculed by the scientific community.

Infamous Machine
Infamous Machine
Developer: Blyts
Price: $4.99

Space Merchants: Arena

Here's a unique space shooter with a multiplayer arena setup. The core of Space Merchants is white-knuckle multiplayer combat that focuses on third-person dogfighting. The game supports up to 8 simultaneous players, including at least a few cross-platform arenas, which is more than a little impressive for something so complex. All that, plus upgradeable ships and weapons, environmental weapons, and enemy hacking, for under five bucks with no in-app purchases - not bad.

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The year is 2510. Time of exploration and colonisation of new planets, bringing chance for new life for many people. The humanity entered the second half of the millennium with hope to end long-lasting conflict between federal Army of Seven Stars and pirates of Black Flags fraction. In the last decades both sides suffered terrible losses in mutual fights and now the Black Flags members are scattered in the outer parts of the galaxy.

Space Merchants: Arena
Space Merchants: Arena
Developer: Playito
Price: $0.99

Peter Panic

I love me some musicals, and so does Peter, a pint-sized college grad and mega-fan of Broadway theater. This adventure game is a farcical journey through the specialized world of theater that should please anyone who's been on the other side of a stage. The title has all the standards of an adventure game plus mini-games, full voice acting (including songs) from real stage actors and singers. Not bad for a freebie, but you'll have to upgrade for $3 to save your progress.

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Pack peanuts, accidentally worship demons and save the theater in this fully original mobile musical. Featuring fast-paced mini-games, original songs and incredible Broadway talent. Play as Peter, an aspiring young director who wants to bring theater back to his quaint hometown. Put your fingers to the test by performing dozens of challenging mini games to convince the local weirdos to join the cause.

Peter Panic
Peter Panic
Price: Free+

Crap! I'm Broke: Out of Pocket

Out of Pocket shares a lot of inspiration with minigame collections like Wario Ware, but the framing device is a little closer to home: you're broke and have to do a ton of menial jobs in order to pay rent. The art style is a digital riff on Picasso's cubism, which is certainly interesting, and the rapid-fire minigames should please players with short attention spans. There's a deeper aspect to the retail and karma systems, if you're interested in something a little less superficial. $2 with no in-app purchases.

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Set in a Cubist-style world, Crap. I’m Broke: Out of Pocket is a hectic life management game. Do mini-game style jobs (like scrubbing dishes and flip burgers) to avoid eviction and keep starvation at bay. Dodge Death... And Debt.

  • Enjoy a Cubist-inspired game world and a jazzy soundtrack by underground musician Kimono.
  • Pursue a variety of careers as dishwasher, human statue, bouncer … and many more.
  • Play fun mini-game jobs -- and do whatever it takes to pay those bills.
  • Use your newfound disposable income to buy items, unlock perks, and earn new jobs -- spending as wisely or as recklessly as you see fit.
  • Save spare time between levels and unlock micro-games.

Crap! I'm Broke: Out of Pocket
Crap! I'm Broke: Out of Pocket

Super Slime Blitz - Gumball

Cartoon Network's latest licensed game is an odd mix between standard platforming and puzzles, where the characters must punch through their blocky environment to progress. Occasionally you'll need to dodge an environmental hazard or lay down new blocks, Minecraft-style, to keep going in the endless levels. I'm not a fan of The Amazing World of Gumball, but this casual title looks fun enough. It's free with no IAP.

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Unlock 30 amazing characters from The Amazing World of Gumball. Super Slime Blitz has all your favorites, including Gumball, Darwin, Anais, Banana Joe, Carrie, Penny, Ocho, Tobias, and more. Are you quick like a ninja or will you wipe out? Take on a mountain of super crazy, slime-covered obstacles. Climb as high as you can while dodging spikes, lasers, ice, and lava cannons.

Super Slime Blitz - Gumball
Super Slime Blitz - Gumball

Pumped BMX 3

The Pumped BMX series isn't exactly original - it's basically the physics-based platforming of Trials plus a few Tony Hawk-style tricks thrown in. That said, the games are solid and enjoyable, and the third entry in the series offers solid gameplay and graphics. Players can take on the mantle of real BMX riders across 60 levels, earning cash to customize their bikes all the while. It's four dollars with no in-app purchases.

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The final installment of the smash hit #1 rated BMX game is here. Following on from the insane success of Pumped BMX 2, Pumped 3 is back with more riders, more bikes, more stunts, more levels and more challenges. Ride through sets of jumps pulling off crazy stunts in order to complete challenges and beat high scores. Combine 24 awesome BMX tricks with flips, spins and grinds to rack up huge high scores, or just relax and flow through the levels - it’s up to you.

Pumped BMX 3
Pumped BMX 3
Price: $3.99

Mr.Catt

Mr. Catt is a fairly basic puzzle game with buckets and buckets of style. The mechanics are straight color-matching and clearing, but the story of a spacefaring cat and the 2D visuals that underpin the title are impressive and appealing. Animations are eye-popping, the music is simple but effective, and the game's puzzles gently ramp up in complexity as you progress. It's free with in-app purchases that go up to $4.50.

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The game won the Silver Award and the Best Music and Sound Effect Award at Bahamut ACG 2016. Catt is traveling alone through the Milky Way. Help him overcome various difficulties while he finishes his journey. You will travel through a fantastic puzzle game world which blends together critical thinking elements and block elimination gameplay. A large number of elaborately designed stages are available. In every stage, you need to think carefully to eliminate as many objects as possible when combining blocks.

 

Mr.Catt
Mr.Catt
Developer: ZPLAY Games
Price: Free+

Amaze

Amaze is a 3D puzzle game wherein players navigate a series of mazes. The premise is pretty simple - run around and try to find the end - but the combination of nearly-identical tile grids and logic-based puzzles makes it much more complex than it appears at first. There are 90 stages with power-ups to help navigation, and multiple modes for a little endgame action. It's $2 with no in-app purchases.

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This is Amaze. A new and unique logic game where you will be closed in a complex multilevel glass labyrinth. Your main goal is to find the way out as fast as you can. For that you can use elevators, trap doors and other bonuses. But be aware – you are not the only one living thing in the maze.

  • Over 90 huge mazes with multiple stories
  • Gigantic bonus mazes with over 9000 blocks.
  • Dangerous enemy, that won't make things easy for you
  • Elevators and secret trapdoors? Yes, please.
  • Too hard? Use some of the cool power-ups like the compass, markers or shields.

Amaze
Amaze
Price: $1.99

MAXIMUM CAR

Maximum Car is an arcade-style racer that focuses on insane crashes and "voxel" graphics. Gameplay is simple but quite fast (something that's not easy to nail on mobile), and though there are stages and missions, the only real objective is to go as fast as possible and blow up as much stuff as you can. In-app purchases go up to $17, but without a multiplayer mode it's easier to ignore them.

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An explosion-laden, arcade racing game that will have you feeling like a badass in seconds. Drift and boost your way through 5 unique game worlds in ONE HUNDRED tasty looking cars. Battle your way to victory, complete missions or enjoy the slow mo takedown cams as you explode fellow racers with missiles - perhaps from the comfort of an Ice Cream Van.

MAXIMUM CAR
MAXIMUM CAR
Price: Free+

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