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Colt Express

Colt Express is a digital translation of a board game about robbing an Old West passenger train. With gorgeous cartoon art and plenty of 2D and 3D animation it has a lot going for it over the physical version, plus single-player and online multiplayer to boot. Extras like character skins and a full story mode help flesh out the experience. $7 with no in-app purchases seems pretty reasonable, since the paper version is going for $50.

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The game officially transposed from Colt Express, the famous train robbery boardgame. Plot your scheme step by step and dive into the action to loot the wagons. But watch out, you are not the only Most Wanted Man with the intention to become rich today : you might have to rethink your strategy…
Play solo, with friends, family and worldwide in multiplayer. At the beginning of the round, each player will successively plan an action from his action deck, ranging from moving around to luring the train marshal or looting the passengers.

Colt Express
Colt Express
Developer: Asmodee Digital
Price: $4.99

Mythic

Everyone wants a slice of that lucrative competitive card game pie, but Halfbrick's newest entry to the genre has a surprising amount of originality. Mythic takes the collection and strategy elements of a game like Hearthstone and applies it to a tile board game - sort of like Stratego, but with a limited pool for moves instead of a one-by-one approach. The mechanics are complex - perhaps a bit too complex for a mobile game - but satisfying. Mythic is in early access now, with IAP that tops out at just a buck fifty.

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Get out of your comfort zone, and enter the conflict zone as you face-off against rival players, in Halfbrick’s first ever Competitive Strategy Game. Experience an ever-changing battlefield which stretches the limits of your creative confines. Whether you love a challenge or fancy yourself a strategic genius; Mythic will enchant you. Call upon Thor as you stand against Loki. Counter the meticulous Medusa with the Egyptian beauty, Cleopatra. Whether it be Greek, Norse or Egyptian divines, we can promise, the Gods will clash.

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Leap of Fate

Leap of Fate is a top-down shooter with a cyberpunk theme. Progression has a lot of RPG elements, but the gameplay is much faster and more frantic than that might imply. This is another Steam pilgrim, but it's clearly designed with mobile in mind as well. Levels are short and small, but the encapsulated nature of the environments is surprisingly effective. 3D graphics are appealing (assuming you're down with a Deus Ex-style world), and the $4 game has no in-app purchases.

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Leap of Fate is a furiously-paced cyberpunk roguelike-rpg about overcoming your fears and achieving your fate. In a New York City where magic is real, you play as a technomage who must develop unspeakable powers to confront the Crucible of Fates. Can you survive the trials?

  • Experience an extremely fast and satisfying action game, built around the ability to Shadow Walk
  • Upgrade over a hundred magical skills, through an innovative system of randomly-generated skill trees
  • Discover the profound and intense stories of four characters, told through beautifully illustrated cinematics
  • Explore a modern-day cyberpunk fantasy spanning cybernetics labs, dark alleys and secret societies

Leap of Fate
Leap of Fate
Developer: Clever-Plays
Price: $3.99

Glitch Fixers: Powerpuff Girls

The new version of the Powerpuff Girls cartoon is reportedly pretty good, and the Turner/Cartoon Network mobile games are also fairly reliable. The latest one has a programming theme: each level is a static obstacle that needs to be overcome with pre-input commands, which the Girls then carry out in sequence. Commands can be adjusted or rerun for a higher score. It's an interesting (if not unique) approach, and the game is free with no in-app purchases.

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The Internet is under attack. Learn the basics of computer programming as you battle monsters and solve puzzles with the Powerpuff Girls in Glitch Fixers. Bubbles uploaded Blossom and Buttercup to the Internet, but they don’t have their powers. Use simple coding commands, procedures, and loops to launch the girls into action. The Amoeba Boys have unleashed a mess of monsters onto the web. Time to call the Glitch Fixers. Take down mutant memes, Internet trolls, and spam bots before they ruin the Internet forever.

The Battle of Polytopia

From the top-down, isometric perspective, you might think that this is some kind of puzzle game. But instead it's something of a mix between Minecraft's exploration and crafting and the turn-based conquest of Civilization. The visual style gives the structure a new feeling, and procedurally-generated maps mean there's always something new to try. It's free with in-app purchases that top out at $3.

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The Battle of Polytopia is a turn based strategic adventure. It's a game about ruling the world, fighting evil AI tribes, discovering new lands and mastering new technologies. Auto generated maps make each game a new experience, with unlimited replay value. Pick and choose among different tribes. Wander in the dark cold forests of Barduria, explore the steamy Kickoo jungles or claim the lush field of the Imperius empire.

The Battle of Polytopia
The Battle of Polytopia
Developer: Midjiwan AB
Price: Free+

Knight's Tour: Chess Puzzle

Knight's Tour is one of a new generation of chess games that focuses on individual piece movement rather than the two-player full set. Knight's Tour is a tile-based puzzle game that's all about the knight piece's distinctive L-shaped movement. Oddly-shaped stages and power-ups keep things varied, and "hundreds" of levels means you're unlikely to run out of challenges too. Multiplayer is available on the same device, and the game is free with $10 in-app purchases.

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How good are you at solving chess puzzles? How about solving 100+ puzzles based on an ancient math problem? It's easy to find out by playing Knight's Tour, a head-scratching chess puzzle game that combines the complexity of a math problem with chess-like board & movements. Start your puzzling adventure and help a Knight collect all the coins to advance onto more difficult levels.

Knight's Tour: Logic Puzzles
Knight's Tour: Logic Puzzles
Developer: Fynteam
Price: Free+

Spirit Rush

Spirit Rush is a zen game that owes a lot to Lisa Frank for its visual style. Your player character rides on a dragon, um, thing and floats around a 2D stage. Goals and obstacles are directional, sort of like a more basic version of Pilotwings, with a super-simple control scheme for steering and destroying enemies with a loop motion. It's free with in-app purchases that top out at just $3.

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Below the canopy lives a mysterious forest, overtaken by mystical creatures. Climb atop your dragon and adventure through an endless flying voyage. Swoop to avoid enemies or surround them with your dragon's circle attack to destroy them and restore the world back to peace.

Spirit Rush
Spirit Rush
Developer: PagodaWest Games
Price: Free+

Nobodies

This unreleased game is about a former felon unraveling a shadowy government conspiracy, like an ex con version of Mulder. The setup is your standard point-and-click adventure, but it's light on characters and dialog- players have to explore a series of mostly static scenes to discover the truth behind an experimental cover-up. Nobodies is free to play with no in-app purchases, at least at the moment. Expect a few bugs in this early stage.

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Mark grew up on his father’s small law firm. He graduated with honors from the law school and was later named director of the city’s most prominent newspaper. A promising future awaited him. Everything was fine, until one of his investigations interfered with a secret government plan. After discovering classified military information related to experimentation of biological weapons in humans, he is accused of treason and sentenced to 20 years in prison.

 

Nobodies
Nobodies
Developer: Blyts
Price: Free+

Mannequin Challenge

The Mannequin Challenge, if you're unaware, is a meme wherein people stay as still as possible. The point is to get as large a group as you can, so that a single camera operator can pan through the scene, Matrix-style. This game has you playing as said cameraman, tapping left or right to change direction. Hit a person or obstacle and the game is over. Why the meme itself is popular at all (or warrants a mobile game) is really beyond me - in my day kids did the Harlem Shake and dammit, we were happy.

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Mannequin Challenge official game is finally here. Jump on your hoverboard and go on rolling and capturing the most exciting mannequins the world has ever seen. Collect coins to unlock new character to play with. Beat your scores and become the first among your friends.

Mannequin Challenge
Mannequin Challenge
Developer: Ketchapp
Price: Free+

The Revenge of Johnny Bonasera

The Revenge of Johnny Bonasera is an adventure title with the feel of a modern cartoon sitcom, cheap animation and all. The story is short and simple - you get beaten up by a punk and you'd very much like to beat him up in return. Humor is crude and direct, so if you like the Bob's Burgers style of dialogue, you might get a kick out of it. The game costs $3 with no in-app purchases, but there's also a demo version available.

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This is the story of Johnny Bonasera, a kid that was beaten and humiliated by a gang punk. Fueled by an insatiable desire for revenge, Johnny Bonasera promises revenge against each of the punks who humbled him. One by one. Unscrupulous. Mercilessly.

• 2D HD graphics in TV cartoon style.
• An adventure full of hilarious dialogues and puzzles.
• Outlandish characters to talk, interact, humble, beat, insult...
• Texts in English, Spanish, Russian and Ukrainian.

Johnny Bonasera
Johnny Bonasera
Developer: Rafael García
Price: $2.49

Duck Hunter VR

Unfortunately this isn't a virtual reality version of the NES classic light gun game (though, Nintendo, you should definitely do that). Nope, it's more akin to the various big game hunting titles that have shown up on consoles for more than a decade. The Cardboard-compatible interface uses the gyroscope as a targeting reticle, and there are a few power-ups, but it's a fairly simple diversion. The game is free with no in-app purchases.

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Duck Hunter VR puts you out on the lake, immersing you in the duck hunting experience. Look up and around to make sure you don’t miss any of them. This fast and fun, arcade game will have you striving to bag as many birds as possible and get a high score. Along with your trusty shotgun you’ll get power-ups that let you boost your score and roast ducks in mid air. Join in the fun for a quacking good time.

Duck Hunter VR
Duck Hunter VR
Price: Free

Postknight

These days we view postal workers as somewhat dull civil servants, but in the cutesy setting of Postknight, it's a noble and dangerous profession. The main game is an endless runner, but there are some interesting elements from more complex genres like crafting and equipment upgrades borrowed from RPGs - there's even a bit of dating sim thrown in the mix. It's in unreleased (beta) form for now, with IAP going up to $13.

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Postknight reimagines the best parts of role-playing games into bite-sized bits within an exciting delivery adventure. The story follows the adventures of a Postknight — a knight who is tasked with difficult or dangerous deliveries — in the grand kingdom of Kurestal. Through deliveries, the postknight will meet other characters with different backgrounds while venturing across the kingdom of Kurestal and beyond.

 

Postknight
Postknight
Developer: Kurechii
Price: Free+

Z Buster

Z Buster is an arcade-style turret shooter, with 3D environments and a fixed position. In other words, the player stays in place and shoots any shambling undead that pops up on the screen. The game is aware of its simplicity and makes up for it with a cartoonish visual style and a huge variety of weapons. A virtual joystick control scheme (as opposed to just Whack-A-Mole) is helpful, but $20 in-app purchases dampen the playful mood somewhat.

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Get ready to meet and defeat legions of zombies all over the world at the end of days. Use a highly diverse arsenal of weapons - modern, laser, explosive and more - to take care of the hilariously dumb Z's before they bite you for good. Earn more and more bucks each given day to upgrade your weaponry and supercharge the power ups to have the greatest zombie busting time ever in your life.

Z Buster
Z Buster
Developer: isTom Games
Price: Free+

Amateur Surgeon 4

Amateur Surgeon is back for another unethical bit of body horror. If you haven't played before, it's a bit like a digital version of Operation, with a twisted sense of humor and an increasingly insane cast of characters and maladies. The newest release includes more focused cartoon surgeries on specific body parts, plus new patients (including some things that aren't people in the strictest sense) and remastered levels from previous games. The game is free with $50 in-app purchases.

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Perform Surgery on over 100 patients with household tools in Amateur Surgeon: Regenerations. It’s time to grab your trusty pizza cutter, and start the operation. Doctor Bleed, pioneer of amateur surgery, is back from the dead. Help him solve the mystery of his sudden resurrection as he spans the globe looking for answers, and saves some unwitting lives along the way.

Amateur Surgeon 4
Amateur Surgeon 4
Price: Free+

NBA 2K17

Another year, another 2K basketball game. This one improves on last year with more teams in the European league, a "day off" simulator and more equipment options for career mode, new historical player likenesses, and alternate team uniforms. It still uses the free-to-play model with in-app purchases up to fifty bucks. Fans will play it just for the roster update, and why not?

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Following the record-breaking launch of NBA 2K16, the NBA 2K franchise continues to stake its claim as the most authentic sports video game with NBA 2K17. As the franchise that “all sports video games should aspire to be” (GamesRadar), NBA 2K17 will take the game to new heights and continue to blur the lines between video game and reality.

NBA 2K17
NBA 2K17
Developer: 2K, Inc.
Price: $7.99+

Champions and Challengers

The latest game based on the Adventure Time franchise is an action-RPG with touch controls, sort of like a licensed version of Battleheart. Players take control of one or more of the leads from the cartoon and pit them against progressively harder opponents with stat-based tap and swipe attacks. Rounds are fast and fluid and there's a huge variety of Adventure Time characters plus online multiplayer, but in-app purchases up to $50 mean that eventually you'll hit the grind wall.

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Challenge the Dice Lord to the ULTIMATE Adventure Time game. Prepare thyself for legendary freakin’ battles in Champions & Challengers. Play as the greatest heroes and villains from across the Adventure Time Multiverse. Team up with Finn, Jake, Princess Bubblegum, BMO, Fionna, Cake, Marceline, Young Billy, LSP, Farmworld Finn, and so many more. Command your team in real time. Develop a winning strategy to crush your opponents in tactical turn-based RPG combat.

Hopeless 3: Dark Hollow Earth

If you thought the monsters from the original Hopeless were disturbing, check out their upgrades in the series' third game. Hopeless 3 is unreleased (read: in beta) so far, but the switch from a twitch shooter to an endless runner brings a much-needed fresh perspective. There are new environments to check out and new monsters to cringe at... and unfortunately, in-app purchases that go up to $75.

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The blobs are back with a vengeance. Join the ride in the 3rd chapter of the indie hit series, HOPELESS. Journey from the frigid poles to the center of the planet in an epic quest to rescue the remaining blobs. Unlock and collect an array of carts, cars, and tanks, and arm yourself with powerful guns to defeat the evil monsters. Experience the rich environment of the Hopeless world, from dark caves to icy planes. Upgrade your ride from one tiny cart with a pistol to a mighty war machine on wheels, ready to take on any challenge.

  

Hopeless 3: Dark Hollow Earth
Hopeless 3: Dark Hollow Earth
Developer: Upopa Games
Price: Free+

Solar Siege

Solar Siege is a tower defense game of sorts - it doesn't rely on the conventional lanes or hardpoints. Instead you control a central mining spaceship, building out support lines to gather resources and create new defensive clusters. It makes for a much more free-flowing approach to the genre, almost approaching real-time strategy if not for the encapsulated levels. It's an interesting take, but it's let down by IAP that goes up to $75.

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You're the Commander of a Deep Space Mining Station. Construct defenses to protect your miners and harvest the riches of the cosmos. Managing your power network is crucial to sustain operations and defend with maximum effectiveness against an alien foe who want a piece of the galactic pie. From the team that brought you the award winning Sentinel sci-fi tower defense series comes the long awaited successor to Space Station: Frontier.

Solar Siege
Solar Siege
Price: Free+

Archery King

Miniclip knows how to make simple but addicting games. This time they're applying their talents to semi-realistic archery competitions. A simplified interface lets players compete directly for bullseyes, with moving targets, differing distances, and floating obstacles to nail. Players can upgrade their competition-class bow and arrows, wherein comes the grind for coins (and the inevitable in-app purchases, up to $100).

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Test your skills and play in one of the most competitive archery games ever. Master all locations and discover their secrets. Be the best archer and rule the rankings. Mix and match different components to customize your bow and arrows. Create your unique gaming experience with hundreds of different combinations. In Archery King you’ll always face new challenges. Play matches to increase your level and get access to new locations, where you’ll compete against the best of the best.

Archery King
Archery King
Developer: Miniclip.com
Price: Free+

PigBang

PigBang is a MOBA in the format (if not the style) of games like League of Legends. But instead of a mouse click-fest, PigBang controls like a twin-stick shooter with a few extra buttons to activate your hero's abilities. Multiplayer online team battles play out in cartoony fashion with upgradeable weapons and abilities. At the moment it's unreleased (beta), but even so there are in-app purchases that go up to $100... which is pretty typical for the MOBA genre.

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Looking for a dynamic Mobile Online Arena Shooter that fits in the palm of your hand and isn’t a boar? Want fun, fast-paced online action with friends where the servers don’t turn to hogwash? Introducing PigBang. Build, shoot, and command troops using convenient, seamless controls and watch battles unfold in glorious Unity-designed graphics.If you’re not playing today, you’re bacon a mistake.

PigBang (Unreleased)
PigBang (Unreleased)
Price: Free+

Knight Slinger

Knight Slinger is a mix between conventional RPG elements and a stylized version of pinball. Attacks and spells are unlocked with a pull-and-release motion in the style of Angry Birds. It's an interesting take, though a bit simplistic - while the game claims 500 character members to choose from in your party, there are only six classes. This one comes from Gamevil, so of course it's free with $100 in-app purchases... which might make the online multiplayer a bit imbalanced.

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Goddess Odelia declares a war to vanquish the blessed land--Oratoria. To put an end to the mayhem, Goddess Moira assembles a legion of knights and makes her way to the front line.

  • Drag and launch. The ultimate slingshot RPG with explosive power.
  • Stunning effects and unparalleled 3D graphics.
  • Over 500 characters to collect.
  • Form your own unique team.
  • 6 classes and 5 elements.
  • Build up your character through Enhance, Evolve, Awakening, and Rune System.
  • Various Game Modes: exciting Adventures, Dungeons, and real-time PvP.

Knight Slinger
Knight Slinger
Developer: GAMEVIL
Price: Free+

Post Brutal

Post Brutal is a 3D action game, in the style of the PS2 era of KTA games but taking place in a Walking Dead-style post-apocalyptic setting. The format is ambitious for a mobile game, with full combat and RPG-style story progression, even if the 3D graphics aren't anything to write home about. That premium single-player, character-focused setup is admirable... but the $112 in-app purchases can't help but be a huge downer. Note that this one is rated M.

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Post Brutal is a 3D action RPG experience that puts you at the centre of the zombie apocalypse. Enter the quarantine of City Zero and band together with other survivors struggling to survive in the aftermath of The Event, the cataclysm that drove over half the city's population into a feral frenzy.

• Give your character your own face in the game, with FaceRoom
• Record your own voice for in game conversation, with VoiceRoom

• Fast paced, gore soaked action
• Use Adrenaline Rush to slow time
• Assemble an arsenal of over 28 diverse weapons (and growing.)
• Switch between ranged and melee combat with ease
• Your choice of armaments allow for tactical, diverse battles

Soldiers Inc: Mobile Warfare

War. War never changes... and neither do Clash of Clans clones. These sort of multiplayer base-building games have become less frequent of late, but they don't have any real new ideas, despite the quite advanced 3D graphics on display in Soldiers, Inc. Bases and units are still upgraded on a grind system, attack and defense is still largely a matter of who has the most money and/or friends, and it's still built to not-quite-force in-app purchases of up to $100.

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Step into the next generation of MMO strategy in Soldiers Inc: Mobile Warfare. Train your troops, build your base and command an army against your enemies. Conquer Black Sites and outposts full of resources, and team up with friends to take total control of the battlefield. The year is 2037, and the evil Phoenix Corporation has taken control of Selva De Fuego - the world’s only source of a new lifesaving serum. The world has declared war on Phoenix, giving every private military and mercenary force a green light to invade Selva De Fuego and do whatever it takes to crush the rogue corporation.

Soldiers Inc: Mobile Warfare
Soldiers Inc: Mobile Warfare

Gear.Club

Gear.club is a semi-realistic racing game in the vein of Gran Turismo or Forza, with a surprising amount of polish for the real-life licensed cars. The interface and tracks are more sim than racer (even if the mobile controls don't allow for too much difficulty), and there's a huge focus on car customization with various enthusiast parts and upgrades. This game would be much higher on this list if it wasn't (waaaaait for it) for the frankly insane in-app purchases that go up to $370. Jesus tap-dancing Christ!

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Gear.Club is much more than a quick adrenaline rush; it is an authentic world of cars. Realistic driving experience, with fully simulated engines, powertrains, suspensions and aerodynamics. You will get to explore breathtaking settings and compete live with your online friends and foes through unlimited races, championships and events. Gear.Club offers a full range of options for the cars. Players can collect, upgrade and customize some of the most gorgeous exotic vehicles in their performance shop and enjoy details including engine and interiors in full HD.

Gear.Club - True Racing
Gear.Club - True Racing
Developer: Eden Games
Price: Free+

We're Going on a Bear Hunt

This stylish kids game based on a popular picture book takes the approach that many similar games do, with a collection of simple mini-games. That said, the 3D graphics are surprisingly sharp and fluid, and while the games themselves probably won't hold the attention of adults, they're varied enough to justify the $3.50 price tag. There are no in-app purchases for kids to find, which is something we always like to see in games for children.

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The brand new and official game of ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’, based on the award-winning book by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury and animated film by Lupus Films. Now it’s your turn to join in the fun. Play as either Rosie or Max as you swish through the grass, splash through the river and squelch through the mud on the children’s exciting search of a bear. You can’t go over it, you can’t go under it so you’ll have to go through the big dark on your hunt, but what will you find inside the narrow gloomy cave?

Madden Companion App

Android Police coverage: The Madden NFL 17 companion indulges those league commissioner fantasies

The latest companion app for EA's perennial football franchise is all about the commissioner. The Madden Ultimate Team commissioner that is, the player who leads his or her customized fantasy-style league. Other players can check in on the latest developer posts and social content, but management capabilities are pretty limited outside that league structure. Players do get in-game bonuses for using the app.

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Take your team all the way, wherever you are, with the EA SPORTS™ Madden NFL 17 Companion app. Access your Madden NFL 17 franchise quickly, and stay connected to the action. Get the latest news and updates from the Madden team – even find tips and tricks straight from the pros and developers themselves. Check on your team anytime, anywhere. View your league schedule, set your game status, and export league data to supported 3rd party sites where you can analyze stats and more.

Madden Companion App
Madden Companion App
Developer: ELECTRONIC ARTS
Price: Free

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