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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

Samorost 3

Android Police coverage: Amanita Design (maker of Machinarium) releases Samorost 3 in the Play Store

Samorost is a franchise that's now over ten years old, but the third entry is the first one to come to Android. It's an adventure game in the strictest sense, but players will hardly care about the puzzles when they're busy drinking in the gorgeous hand-drawn visuals. The game is practically an art and animation gallery. There's a plot and a few obstacles in place, but it's first and foremost a feast for the eyes. And at $5 with no in-app purchases (one quarter of the Steam price), it's a cheap feast at that.

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Samorost 3 is an exploration adventure and puzzle game from the award-winning creators of Machinarium and Botanicula. It is Amanita Design’s most ambitious experience to date and a loose continuation of the hit indie games Samorost and Samorost 2. Samorost 3 follows a curious space gnome who uses the powers of a magic flute to travel across the cosmos in search of its mysterious origins. Visit nine unique and alien worlds teeming with colorful challenges, creatures and surprises to discover, brought to life with beautiful artwork, sound and music.

Samorost 3
Samorost 3
Developer: Amanita Design
Price: $4.99

Kathy Rain

Android Police coverage: Kathy Rain brings an original detective story wrapped in an old-school adventure game format

Kathy Rain is a love letter to the point-and-click adventure games of the 1990s. The story follows a young woman investigating the death of her grandfather, quickly spiraling into a mystery. Graphics are pure retro, right down to the 4:3 aspect ratio to match classic Sierra games. Thankfully full voice acting is included, and players get the phone game for just $5 (only a third of the price of the Steam version). It's just too bad it isn't compatible with Android TV.

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Kathy Rain tells the story of a strong-willed journalism major who has to come to terms with her own troubled past as she investigates the mysterious death of her recently deceased grandfather. Armed with her motorcycle, a pack of cigs, and a notepad, Kathy begins to delve into a local mystery surrounding her hometown that will take her on a harrowing journey full of emotional and personal turmoil.

Kathy Rain
Kathy Rain
Developer: Raw Fury
Price: $4.99 $1.99

Human Resource Machine

Android Police coverage: Puzzle game Human Resource Machine lets players program their own corporate drones

Human Resource Machine is equal parts corporate satire and programming puzzle. Players have to use coding-style commands to make their tiny bobble-headed characters perform each level's specific instructions. This Steam port has a grim, biting sense of humor, but underneath is a surprisingly streamlined mechanic that uses real programming techniques. It's $5 with no in-app purchases.

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Program little office workers to solve puzzles. Be a good employee. The machines are coming... for your job. Human Resource Machine is a puzzle game for nerds. In each level, your boss gives you a job. Automate it by programming your little office worker. If you succeed, you'll be promoted up to the next level for another year of work in the vast office building. Congratulations. Don't worry if you've never programmed before - programming is just puzzle solving.

Human Resource Machine
Human Resource Machine

Little Briar Rose

Android Police coverage: Little Briar Rose offers a Grimm adventure with gorgeous stained glass visuals

Little Briar Rose, an adventure game modelled after the titular Grimm fairy tale, is one of the most visually striking titles to appear on Android this year. The 2D graphics look like a stained glass window in motion, sort of like players are navigating through the opening sequence of Disney's Beauty and the Beast. It's a charming little side-scroller, and at $2.50 with no in-app purchases, it's also a steal.

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An ancient legend, a cursed castle surrounded by brambles, a forest inhabited by funny enchanted creatures and a sweet princess sleeping in it. And, obviously, a fearless prince. This is what Little Briar Rose is made out of. In this particular stained glass-styled graphic adventure the player will help a whole dynasty of princes complete their quest. Be careful though, many will try, but only one shall prevail.

 

Little Briar Rose Adventure
Little Briar Rose Adventure
Developer: Mangatar
Price: $2.49

DISTRAINT: Pocket Pixel Horror

Android Police coverage: 2D psychological horror game DISTRAINT jumps from Steam to the Play Store

DISTRAINT is a cute little horror game that first came out on Steam. (Can you call a horror game "cute?" Well I just did.) You play as Price, a would-be real estate developer who gets some much-needed comeuppance in the form of psychological creepiness. The 2D side-scrolling setup seems like it's ripe for platforming, but the structure is actually more like an adventure game. DISTRAINT is free with a $1.50 option to remove advertising.

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DISTRAINT: Pocket Pixel Horror is a 2D psychological horror adventure game which was made with the same engine (Clickteam Fusion 2.5) as the famous Five Nights At Freddy's games. Right, so you're thinking if you would enjoy this little horror story? What makes DISTRAINT: Pocket Pixel Horror different than other horror games out there? That's a good question, I'd love to tell you more about the game and its atmosphere.

DISTRAINT: Pocket Pixel Horror
DISTRAINT: Pocket Pixel Horror

F1 2016

Android Police overage: Codemasters ports racing simulator F1 2016 from consoles to Android

Codemasters has a big fan following for its racing titles on the PC and consoles, so its first mobile racing game is definitely notable. If only this reworked version of F1 2016 wasn't so, well, ordinary. Though it has all the licensed teams and tracks and most of the drivers from the real-world Formula One season, it lacks basic racing features like multiplayer or Bluetooth controller compatibility. Those are big misses for a $10 game.

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F1 2016 is a stunning mobile racing game that puts players into the race seat of their FORMULA ONE™ heroes in a full season, single race and time trial on any of the 21 official circuits from the 2016 season.Take on the world’s greatest drivers including MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team’s Lewis Hamilton, Scuderia Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen, McLaren-Honda’s Fernando Alonso and Sahara Force India F1 Team’s Sergio Perez and many more, with 22 of the world’s greatest drivers and the 11 teams from the 2016 season represented.

F1 2016
F1 2016
Price: $6.49

MLB.com Home Run Derby VR

Android Police coverage: MLB.com makes an extremely disorienting Daydream VR version of Home Run Derby

Google's Daydream platform presents a huge opportunity for VR gaming, but the first licensed baseball game to actually land on it is less than promising. The Home Run Derby setup is fairly obvious, and it includes the likenesses of pro players and famous stadiums. But recycled visual assets, disorienting motion controls, and disturbing player models keep a lot of the fun in check. The game is $5 with $2 in-app purchases, if you can get past the tutorial.

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Swing for the fences in the first-ever official Home Run Derby VR game presented by Major League Baseball and the MLBPA. 360 degree perspective puts you in the cleats of the world's greatest sluggers as you take in the view of MLB's most iconic ballparks. Feel the speed and power of this All-Star lineup as you send ball out of the park. The competition comes alive in our unparalleled 3-D environments. Responsive controls provide an intuitive, natural and realistic feel at bat.

Microsoft Solitaire Collection

Android Police coverage: Microsoft Solitaire Collection now available for Android, in all its ad-supported glory

Solitaire fans were more than a bit miffed when Microsoft decided to stuff the classic bit of freeware with ads for its Windows 10 debut. Something tells me they won't be any more likely to spend money to banish the advertising, even if it is available on their phones. The price for an ad-free experience is $2 per month or $10 a year, but for the love of frugality, don't actually pay it.

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For over 25 years, Microsoft Solitaire Collection remains one of the most played games of all time and is now available FREE for your Android device. The Microsoft Solitaire Collection offers FIVE of the best Solitaire card games in one app. KLONDIKE Timeless & Classic Solitaire. Clear all the cards from the table using one or three-card draw. Also try out Traditional or Vegas scoring. SPIDER Eight columns of cards await you. Clear them all with fewest moves possible.

Re-Volt3

Android Police coverage: Re-Volt3 hits the Play Store with frantic, competitive RC racing

Re-Volt is one of those middling games that has a lot of fans of the older editions, but not quite enough to elevate it to "classic" status. The RC racer is back for a third entry on mobile, with the miniature vehicles and themed tracks intact. This time around there's a full single player story mode, 50 different cars, real-time online multiplayer, and an upgrade system. It's a shame the developers heeded the siren call of mobile free-to-play - in-app purchases for currency go up to a whopping $105.

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Thrilling and Exciting.! Experience the new generation of the legendary RC car racing game Re-Volt3.

  • Over 50 realistic RC cars such as Buggies, Monster Trucks, and Race Cars.
  • Experience real RC car racing.
  • Pursue your rivals at high speed.
  • Shoot at your rivals with a variety of items.
  • Use unique cars to show off your skills.
  • Reach the top in diverse game modes.
  • Compete against players from all over the world.
  • Real time multiplayer competition against random opponents.
  • From World Grand Prix to Restricted. Survive cutthroat competition.

 

Battleship Lonewolf: Space TD

Space doesn't seem like a logical place for tower defense, if only because enemies could just fly around on the Z-axis. Battleship Lonewolf solves this in two ways: one, its gameplay is in 2D, and two, the "towers" on which you perform your defense are in fact guns on your gigantic space battleship. A huge variety of weapons, upgrades, and enemies await players in ten story missions, with a survival mode for more replay. Battleship Lonewolf is $3 with no in-app purchases.

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Flight through space, command your ship, and wage epic war in galaxy. FLIGHT THROUGH SPACE: Deploy the space battleship Lone Wolf to wage epic war in space. ARM AND UPGRADE YOUR SHIP: Strategic formation of physical and optical weapons in addition to various turrets and active skills. BATTLE DIEVERSE ENEMIES: Conflict never ends. Continue your journey not only in mission but also in survival mode.

Battleship Lonewolf - Space TD
Battleship Lonewolf - Space TD

ecotone Pocket

Despite the title, this isn't a mobile version of the atmospheric platformer Ecotone, currently available on Steam. No, this free, ad-supported Android game is more of a spin-off, a la Rayman Jungle Run. It's an auto-runner that uses the same characters and art as the spooky desktop game, along with some of the more tricky elements like reversed gravity or character duplicates. Check it out if you've played the full version and want a little more from that game's world.

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Discover the world of ecotone, with strange creatures, unique soundtrack and mysterious dark smoke... Like in the original PC game (www.ecotonegame.com) every level offer a new gameplay, reversed gravity, changing size, or playing with a jellyfish are a few of them. Every level offer a unique challenge, but if you want more, you can try to get all the mask and unlock the bonus level...

ecotone Pocket
ecotone Pocket
Developer: Sundae Factory
Price: Free

Eisenhorn: XENOS

Eisenhorn: XENOS is the latest Android game to be set in the Warhammer 40,000 universe. Unlike the previous entries, this one is an adventure game set in the universe's deep and oppressive lore. The story follows an inquisitor for the Imperium, covering his exploits as they unfolded in the novel of the same name. Though the full 3D graphics are impressive (and require some high-power mobile hardware), the reception for Eisenhorn: XENOS on Steam was decidedly mixed, and early players are reporting frequent crashes.

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‘Eisenhorn: XENOS' is an immersive, fully 3D adventure game, adapted from ‘Xenos', the first book in Games Workshop's best-selling ‘Eisenhorn' trilogy, written by award winning author Dan Abnett. Set in the grim, dark future of Warhammer 40,000 ‘Eisenhorn: XENOS' lets you experience firsthand the story of Gregor Eisenhorn, an Inquisitor and member of the ‘Ordo Xenos', sent out to fight and protect the Imperium of man from anything that may threaten it.

Eisenhorn: XENOS
Eisenhorn: XENOS
Developer: Pixel Hero Games
Price: $5.99

Where Shadows Slumber Demo

Here's a demo for an interesting little game that should be coming in more complete form soon. Where Shadows Slumber takes a lot of visual and gameplay inspiration from Monument Valley, but adds in its own twists with light and shadow-based puzzle mechanics. Shining light or blocking for darkness reveals new paths through the puzzle-like levels. The demo is free with no in-app purchases.

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Where Shadows Slumber is a brooding puzzle game that takes place in a shadowy, abandoned world. You will aid the main character in his search for redemption - a search that spans numerous worlds and introduces you to a cast of mysterious figures. Who rules this forgotten land? And who will be left once the adventure draws to its inevitable conclusion?

Where Shadows Slumber Demo
Where Shadows Slumber Demo
Developer: Game Revenant
Price: Free

Circularity

Circularity is a unique mix of puzzle and twitch elements. Players guide a ball through a level full of obstacles, traveling only in straight lines and stopping with a tap. Another tap starts a circular directional grid that has to be stopped at the right angle to continue progressing. The game is free with no in-app purchases at the moment, which isn't bad for a 15-level title with online leaderboards.

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Challenge yourself to a game of skill, timing and precision. Circularity appeals to both casual and more dedicated gamers. Journey through 15 interesting and exciting levels using a simple navigation mechanic. Perfect time waster for your morning commutes. Get addicted as you race to the exit and attempt to get the best timing for each level. Compare your best times against the global leader board and vie for a spot on the leader board.

Circularity
Circularity
Developer: wuhu apps
Price: Free

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