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Undergrave — Pixel Roguelike

Undergrave fancies itself a Castlevania clone, right down to the somewhat religious protagonist with a whip-like weapon. There's a crafting element in the form of alchemical potions, which you can use both in combat and for health and ability boosts, and levels are procedurally generated. The game uses an old-school graphic style and needs a little polish (there's no controller support, for one), but at the moment it's in alpha and free.

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Undergrave is a pixel art platformer game with roguelike elements about alchemy and demons, in which every playthrough is unique. In the game you control a character, which can attack enemies with a chain and throw potions or drink them. To obtain potions, you must craft them with ingredients, which you can find in chests and defeated enemies. Craft potions, fight enemies. Undergrave is in Alpha stage now, so we encourage you to tell us about any bugs you find. Our e-mail: [email protected]

Burrito Bison: Launcha Libre

Here's a fighting game that's not really a fighting game. While all the characters are Lucha Libre wrestlers, only the boss fights are actual wrestling bouts - the rest of the stages are auto-running jaunts. The art style is fun with great 2D energy, and there are three wrestlers to choose from and a host of upgrades. The game is free with $12 IAP.

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Burrito Bison is here and he’s brought friends. In the latest installment of one of the web’s most popular games, Burrito Bison teams up with new friends: Pineapple Spank and El Pollo to bounce, crack, eat cake, smack, fly, and soar through the skies to fend off the invasion of gummies. Stolen by an evil chef, Burrito Bison seeks out his cookbook to take back with him to make the finest salsa in the world.

Burrito Bison: Launcha Libre
Burrito Bison: Launcha Libre
Developer: Kongregate
Price: Free+

Nyheim

Nyheim is a board game with a post-apocalyptic setting, because we don't have enough zombies in this roundup yet. Through dice rolls you control a struggling population trying to rebuild their Finnish city in between mutant monster attacks and nasty weather. The game is slow and methodical, so it'll appeal to strategy fans (especially if those fans like to kill giant rats). It costs $4.49 with no in-app purchases.

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Help a party of survivors lead the progress of Nyheim's rebuilding while rats, crises and harsh northern weather all attempt to finish off what the pandemic started.

  • Roll dice and match symbols to progress on your quest*
  • Search the districts of the city for supplies and survivors*
  • Balance the needs of your party and headquarters*
  • Fight monstrous rats and solve or weather crises*
  • Complete your new home task by task*
  • Attempt different approaches with Nyheim's features*

Nyheim
Nyheim
Price: $1.49

Galaga Wars

Galaga is back! Sort of. This reinterpretation of the classic space shooter is more or less the same, with a 2D playing field and pew-pew gameplay, but with fancy 3D graphics and a few social elements that allow you to "rescue" your friends. There's also a full 3D "hyperspace" mode that plays a bit like an endless runner, which is nice for variety. What's even nicer is that Namco-Bandai managed to exercise some self-restraint and kept the IAP to just $3 in this free game.

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A galaxy on the brink of destruction. Infinite waves of alien enemies. One heroic ship. You know what to do. Fire up the engines, power up the laser chambers as the iconic space-faring shooter returns for its 35th Anniversary in a shower of laser blasts, breathless barrel-rolls and smoking missiles. The survival of the universe is once more at stake. They have an alien motherfeet of immense proportions, endless waves of ships bristling with high-tech weaponry and of course the sheer power of the boss Galaga...

Galaga Wars
Galaga Wars

The Forgotten Room

Good grief we're getting a ton of horror games this week - maybe it's because Halloween missed our bi-weekly schedule? This one is a fairly standard adventure game with pre-rendered environments and puzzles in the style of Myst, only creepier. Your job is to track down a missing girl in an abandoned mansion. Two dollars gets you in with no in-app purchases.

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Play as paranormal investigator John "Buster of Ghosts" Murr as he explores yet another mysteriously creepy house. This time he's on the case of Evelyn Bright, a 10 year old girl that went missing whilst playing hide and seek with her father. Will John solve the mystery of the missing girl and discover what really happened in the forgotten room? Tune in right now to find out.

The Forgotten Room
The Forgotten Room
Developer: Glitch Games
Price: $1.99

Cowboy vs UFOs

Cowboy vs UFOs (not aliens, why would you ever think that) is a stylish little shooter in which you play a cowboy shooting down extraterrestrials from the saddle, on a horse which is apparently running on its own tiny planet. It's not much more complex than "point at stuff to shoot it," but there's a charm in the 2D graphics and the game has a ton of collectible weapons, mounts, and other wacky elements. It's free with IAP that only goes up to five bucks.

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The Wild West is under alien attack from Dark Space. Wanted cool gunslinger. Maybe you are the space COWBOY who can save the Wild West before it’s too late. Fight the UFO invasion as cowboy legend Johnny Wrangler, before the space aliens succeed with their dastardly plan. Shoot quickly, but accurately space UFOs: this is a real cowboy shooter game with cool guns. YeeHaa. Move your space guns. Bang, bang.

Cowboy vs UFOs
Cowboy vs UFOs
Developer: Energetic
Price: Free+

Danger Dodgers!

In Danger Dodgers you control a variety of livestock that are being mercilessly assaulted by meteors, among other things. Avoiding incoming stuff is pretty much the only gameplay element, but the 3D graphics have a goofy component that's endearing in its awfulness in a sort of Flappy Bird way. It's free with $2 of IAP, almost exclusively for procuring new skins to run around in.

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Choose your character, dodge the meteors, and don't get squished.

  • Free to play.
  • Eclectic Cast of characters from across the world, and across the internets.
  • Share and compete with your friends.
  • Easy to learn, but hard not to get squished.
  • Come back daily for gifts, challenges and new characters.

Danger Dodgers!
Danger Dodgers!
Price: Free+

Pettson's Inventions 3

It's been three years since we saw this physics-based mobile series on the Play Store, and it doesn't look like that time has been used in making a lot of new elements. This game is more or less the same as the other ones, with an education-focused mix of building and testing to solve each "invention," which is basically an elaborate puzzle. Fans of Goldberg machines will be happy, but everyone else can play the older games instead.

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In the third game about Pettson’s Inventions you get to explore Pettson and Findus farm while completing even more of their amazing inventions. Enjoy 36 brand new inventions divided into 6 different areas, each with it’s own unique theme. Construct a ferris wheel in the woodshed, create an egg-painting machine in the henhouse or build a wake-up invention by combining an apple, a dog and some paint. Look for the missing bike parts and see if you can complete the final mission, to fix Pettson’s bike.

Pettson's Inventions 3
Pettson's Inventions 3
Developer: Filimundus AB
Price: $2.99

Cannon Flight

The trailer for this game presents the idea of blasting a rodent out of a cannon as much more epic than it actually is. It's a lot like Pilotwings thanks to the mouse's wingsuit, with the objective being to explore the 3D levels and grab as many collectibles as possibly while in the air. Apparently it's based on some "4D" movie, but I've never heard of it. At least the game only costs a dollar with no IAP sneaking around.

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Always wanted to fly like a bird? With Cannon Flight you can experience an explosive adventure with Ed Euromaus and his friends…at dizzying heights. A cannon fires you into the air, where you will be challenged to use jump pads, trampolines and your wingsuit to prove your flying skills. Do you have what it takes to perform risky manoeuvres in the air? Collect letters and coins to unlock new levels and playable characters with unique abilities.

Cannon Flight
Cannon Flight
Price: $0.99

High Risers

If the original Donkey Kong switched to an auto-running format and got rid of the gorilla and the barrels, it might look a lot like High Risers. Your character runs madly through the various floors of improbably-designed high-rise buildings, with jumps and bounces relying entirely on timely taps. Unlocking environments and skins is the only real motivation, but that's OK, its simple and fun. IAP tops out at six bucks.

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How to succeed at work without really trying: Bounce off the walls. Get as high as you can. Always bring a golden parachute.

Permissions note:

High Risers uses the "Read the contents of your USB storage" & "Modify or delete the contents of your USB storage" permissions. These permissions are used to save screenshots for sharing, and also by our ad networks to cache video ads.

 

High Risers
High Risers
Developer: Kumobius
Price: Free+

Keepy Ducky

Apparently this casual game is based on a minigame created in Minecraft. The graphics are certainly Minecraft-inspired, but thankfully the gameplay itself is a little less complicated: shoot the ducks to keep them in the air. It's the exact opposite of Duck Hunt. As you'd guess from the title, it has the same semi-random cosmetic unlock system as Crossy Road and in-app purchases that go up to $2.

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Two years ago YouTuber iBallisticSquid invented his legendary Minigame KEEPY DUCKY for a funny stay in the world of Minecraft. Now it is your turn to relive this adventure full of ducks, snow and animal companions on your own Phone, wherever and whenever you want. The concept is simple, but nonetheless a challenge - Keep a duck in the air for as long as possible by shooting it with snowballs. As soon as one of them lands on the floor, the game is over und you are ready for another round.

Keepy Ducky
Keepy Ducky
Developer: iBallisticSquid
Price: Free+

Construction Simulator PRO 17

The word "pro" in the title of this game implies that it is for, or at least aimed at, professionals, and therefor a "simulator" could be used to teach real-world construction techniques. That seems dubious, but Construction Simulator Pro does have 17 different vehicles and 20 different contract types to fill, so at least it's not wanting for variety. It's $5 with $20 of IAP, but at the moment it has serious loading issues according to the Play Store reviews.

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Have you ever had a chance to operate concrete pump, bulldozer or even a tower crane? Now it's your time to learn to operate heavy construction machines thanks to Construction Simulator PRO 2017. Start up as an unexperienced contractor taking small contracts from the city. Earn cash, upgrade your fleet and gain experience to buy your own lots of land and raise buildings to sell them with profit. Become a construction tycoon and shape the city to your liking.

Bloons Supermonkey 2

This is a game about a monkey superhero. That doesn't give you a lot to go on in terms of gameplay, so I'll spoil it a bit and tell you it's a top-down space shooter. I can only assume that the saccharine title is so that the monkey can pop floating balloons instead of shoot people, but his non-specific powers and upgrades are about as endearing at the $50 in-app purchases in this $3 game... which is to say, not very.

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Endless legions of colorful bloons in outlandish shapes and patterns are invading Monkey Town and only Super Monkey can stop them. Equip dozens of powerful weapons, unlock never-before-seen Super Monkeys, and use dozens of screen-clearing powerups to pop every bloon and achieve a perfect diamond ranking.

  • Fast-action, pop everything fun-fest\
  • 50 vibrant levels, each with unique bloon waves
  • Colorful, easy to control family fun for new gamers
  • Intense skill-based diamond challenges for hardcore players
  • 90+ weapons including epic powers like Doom Gauntlets, Sidewinder Ace, and Yeti
  • 40+ bloon shredding powerups like Explosive Shots, Parallel Universe Monkey, and the Sun God
  • Compare level ranks with your friends

Bloons Supermonkey 2
Bloons Supermonkey 2
Developer: ninja kiwi
Price: $2.99 $0.99+

Dexter Slice

It's been three years since the disappointing conclusion of Showtime's serial killer drama Dexter, and apparently someone thought it was time to wring some money out of the license. But for a show about police investigations and amateur butchery, it's odd that this game is about twitch puzzles in which you apparently cut your own fingers off. It's an impressively awful use of the brand, made no better by the fact that they couldn't even get Michael C. Hall to do the voiceover. $4 with $1 in-app purchases.

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Dexter: Slice is the spiritual successor to the popular 2010 release Slice HD. As with the previous game, Dexter: Slice presents players with an onscreen field of EXTREMELY SHARP cutlery. Moving each knife reveals buttons that must be quickly pushed before the blades slide back into place. The longer you play, the more challenging the puzzles become, sometimes involving as many as ALL 10 FINGERS - eventually requiring a masterful combination of careful planning, limber fingers and quick reflexes.

Dexter Slice
Dexter Slice
Price: $3.99+

Guardian Codex

The latest overdesigned mobile RPG from Square Enix is Guardian Codex. See, no mention of Fantasies, Final or otherwise. But it hardly matters: we get the same turn-based strategy and ridiculous character and monster designs we see in any Square-Enix RPG. The hook here is that there's 4-player co-op multiplayer for the over-the-top battle system, plus some whiz-bang 3D graphics and monsters to catch. It's free with IAP that tastefully tops out at only eighty bucks.

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A brand-new title from the creators of Guardian Cross, the hit series with over 8 million downloads. Up to 4-player multiplayer mode. In the year 2030, the world is split between the Empire and the Resistance. As one of the Resistance's agents, you are sent into the virtual reality Codex with a vital mission: find the extinct legendary “Guardians.” The Resistance’s goal is to transfer the virtual Guardians into the real world and use them to defeat the Empire. Immerse yourself in the Codex to better understand the Guardians and save the world.

Guardian Codex
Guardian Codex
Price: Free+

DragonVale World

I'm informed that DragonVale is a hugely popular entry in the "build a village and collect stuff" genre, and this sequel brings it into the world of 3D (at least in some places). Also, there's sex. Lots and lots of dragon sex. Well, implied sex and Pokémon-style eggs, anyway. Players are encouraged to combine and breed new kinds of dragons through standard upgrades and trading, and expand their villages to unlock more dragons. As with all of these collect-a-thon games, it's free with $100 in-app purchases.

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We’ve hatched an all-new DragonVale game. Enter a magical 3D world of dragon-filled adventures. Warning: You may find yourself hopelessly addicted to hatching and caring for your own adorable dragons. Collect over one hundred delightful dragons, build a park for them, and watch the visitors pour in. Customize your dragons with enchantment spells to change their appearances and abilities. Trade with players from around the world as you build your ultimate dragon paradise

DragonVale World
DragonVale World
Developer: Backflip Studios
Price: Free+

Villagers & Heroes 3D MMO

There have been a ton of games that have tried to grasp the possibly mythical "Mobile WoW" crown, none with any particular success so far. Villagers & Heroes dispenses with almost all of the pretense by being a more or less complete riff on Blizzard's MMO, including graphics that look like they're about a decade old. Unlike WoW it's free, but in-app purchases that go up to $100 mean that you won't get the coolest stuff without spending an inordinate amount of time or money on the game. The cross-platform hook isn't much to go on, either.

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Welcome to the Best 3D MMORPG on Android. Join hundreds of thousands of players worldwide in an epic MMO in a massive 3D world filled with swords, sorcery, dungeons, dragons, wizards, warriors, quests galore, countless beasties, and people from all over the globe.

• Free to Play: persistent world, 3D MMORPG in real-time.
• Epic Lair Battles against the Elders of Mallok to get the best raid gear
• Thousands of challenging Story-Driven Quests, voiced by professional actors
• 8 fully customisable character builds to play - Defender Warrior, Fire Wizard, Holy Priest, Assassin, Swift Warrior, Ice Wizard, Shadow Priest, and Bow Master
• Unique character customization options
• Craft and trade thousands of weapons, armor and items
• Gnomish Augmentation, Fishing, Mining, Bug Collecting, Smithing, Tailoring, Cooking, Foraging, and Carpentry
• Player Housing with Ranching and Gardening
• One-of-a-kind seasonal event zones
• Consistent updates with an active development team

3D MMO Villagers & Heroes
3D MMO Villagers & Heroes
Developer: Mad Otter Games
Price: Free+

Heroes of the Dungeon

Heroes of the Dungeon, in addition to holding the trophy for "most-generic title" on the Play Store, is a top-down dungeon crawler in Diablo style. There are a ton of dungeons, enemies, and heroes to be had, including standard single-player and multiplayer modes, and the graphics are smooth and colorful. But of course the upgrade and gear grind feed into the pay-to-win model with $100 in-app purchases.

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Recruit heroes to your roster and challenge rival guilds. Master your skills in the dungeon or face defeat in various combat modes. Solo campaigns, boss battles, PvP, and GvG competitions await you on your adventure. Become Lance the Beserker, as he sets out on a journey in the war torn world Nirvash. It all began during a great battle, between righteous warriors and the dark magic deriving from a dragon. After much bloodshed, conspiracy keeps four kingdoms separated.

Trainers of Kala

If the heaving cleavage on the app icon for Trainers of Kala wasn't a clue, it's going for a mainstream general audience, or at least the wallets of those players. It's a mix of a lane-based tower defense game (without the actual towers, just monsters vs monsters) and card collecting plus deck building a la Hearthstone. Art is solid and endearing and there's multiplayer aplenty, but IAP going up to a whopping $105 kills any enthusiasm I might have for the competitive aspects of the game.

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Fearless trainers duel in real-time multiplayer battles, using cards to summon powerful creatures and cast spells against each other until one prevails. Collect and upgrade dozens of cards to build the most powerful battle deck, then select your favorite trainer and step into the Tournament of Kala. Defeat all opponents to rise to the top and become one of the best players in the world.

Trainers of Kala
Trainers of Kala
Price: Free+

Evil Dead: Endless Nightmare

The Evil Dead franchise is getting a new lease on un-life thanks to a TV show, but all the creativity and charm from that series seem to be absent here. While the 3D graphics in this FPS are impressive, it boils down to a bog-standard shooter with very little variety to be had. Those who love the series might as well check it out - it's free, of course - but even they won't spend a hundred bucks on in-app purchases.

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Evil Dead: Endless Nightmare is a chilling, 1st person, endless runner with cutting edge 3D graphics and an atmospheric soundtrack. Prepare to be immersed within the horror of Evil Dead. Equipped with iconic Evil Dead weapons such as the chainsaw or shotgun, players must escape the cabin and defend themselves against Deadites, falling trees and swinging vines within the forest. Collect blood droplets, upgrade weapons and prepare to battle against the evil witch to bring the nightmare to an end.

The Uncertain

The latest adventure game to hit SHIELD (exclusive) is yet another port from a Steam title. The Uncertain takes place in a post-apocalyptic world populated only by robots, who live in and among the ruins of humanity. Though the game is episodic, it takes more of a conventional approach than newer "walking simulator" titles. The graphics and atmosphere are impressive, but early reviews on the Play Store say it has some serious control and bug issues. It's also quite expensive at $15, but no more so than the PC version.

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Imagine making moral choices in a world devoid of morality. Logic rules this world, and every decision is just a set of zeros and ones. Most concepts take a whole new meaning, and some get completely abolished. Luckily reasonable beings, even if not human, always have a choice. The Uncertain Episode 1: The Last Quiet Day is an episodic story-driven adventure game set in a post-apocalyptic world.

The Uncertain
The Uncertain
Developer: ComonGames llc.
Price: $14.99

Appisodes: Runaway Shuttle

Holy crap, Disney is still making "appisodes" for that Tomorrowland bomb of a movie? Apparently so. The Appisodes are actually based on the cartoon that comes from the property, and this one has a few minigames set in that universe. It's fit only for very young kids by the look of it. The game is a hefty five dollars with no IAP.

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In the Miles From Tomorrowland Appisode featuring "Runaway Shuttle" preschoolers experience the magic of watching, playing and interacting directly with their favorite Disney Junior TV show in a whole new way. They will touch, tap, swipe, tilt, shake and talk their way through an episode by watching and completing various fun-filled interactive activities. It’s a fully immersive interactive TV episode that reinforces developmental values.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_uB1YZ_NgE

Appisodes: Runaway Shuttle
Appisodes: Runaway Shuttle
Developer: Disney
Price: $4.99

Fantastic Beasts

Here's the VR companion game to WB's latest attempt at billion-dollar franchise, Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them. You'll need a Daydream or Cardboard headset to play, of course.

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Ready to see the wizarding world as you've never experienced it before? Then step through Newt Scamander's case and explore the spectacular world of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them in a breathtaking virtual reality experience. Meet and interact with Beasts, complete spells and immerse yourself in the magic like never before. Fasntastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is in theatres starting November 18. ©2016 Warner Bros. Ent. All Rights Reserved. J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World TM J.K. Rowling and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

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