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Surely You Quest - Magiswords

The Mighty Magiswords is the latest Cartoon Network show whose appeal I really don't understand. But the tie-in game is full of basic RPG combat starring the characters from the show, wherein the point of the game seems to be collecting ever-more-goofy swords and armor. Combat and exploration are simple, but there are plenty of elements from the show and a bit of voice acting to give it all flavor. Kids can even get special swords by watching the new episodes. It's free with no in-app purchases, but the game does contain ads.

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Help Vambre and Prohyas win Princess Zange's adventuring tournament by collecting and upgrading Magiswords in Surely You Quest. Every adventurer in Lyvsheria is competing to prove who's the best. Vambre and Prohyas want to win, but they'll need every Magisword and special trick they've got. The game includes exclusive Magiswords you can only unlock by playing Surely You Quest. After you unlock them, they'll show up in your master collection in the MagiMobile app.

Surely You Quest - Magiswords
Surely You Quest - Magiswords

Gentleman Ninja

Ninjas are all the rage in video games, but they've never been quite so dapper as the monocled assassin seen here. Though the game is 3D and presented in a runner format, the basic red/blue setup is similar to one of my favorite mobile twitch games, Ninja Run. On top of the basic left-or-right gameplay players get some charming animations and sound effects, plus a ton of fun hats. It's free with only a $1 in-app purchase to remove ads. Jolly good show, that man.

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Hit the right color at the right time to apologize through a mouth full of Earl Grey as you obliterate enemies and demolish obstructions in this high speed, endless Ninja action game. Give challenges a jolly good seeing to and unlock new Ninjas before going on to prove yourself as the most spiffing adversary on the global leaderboards.

Gentleman Ninja
Gentleman Ninja
Developer: Scott Moakes
Price: Free+

Causality

This minimal puzzle game likes to play with time in a sort of Run Lola Run way, you can redo specific bits of the stage, clone your player character, double-trigger obstacles, and generally mess up the time-space continuum with the forwards/reverse slider at the bottom of the screen. It's not a completely unique idea, but the path-driven stages give the core gameplay a focus that's often missing from this sort of thing. 60 puzzle stages can be had for $2 with no in-app purchases.

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Causality is a puzzle game about manipulating time, altering the sequence of events and changing the outcome of each level. Set across strange and alien landscapes, help a group of stranded astronauts find a route to safety. Travel through time, work with your past selves and solve paradoxes as you take on this uniquely challenging puzzler. Each level represents a brief but hazardous moment in time. Levels are completed by guiding each astronaut to an exit that matches their colour, within a limited time frame. When all astronauts reach an exit the level is complete.

Causality
Causality
Developer: Loju
Price: $1.99

The Fable of Ruby

The Fable of Ruby takes its combat, puzzle, and exploration cues straight from the old Legend of Zelda games. That's not a bad thing (well, unless you're one of the four people on Earth who don't like Zelda), and at the very least there's a little bit of variety in the tower-based setup - each combat room is only about as big as the screen, in the style of The Binding of Isaac. Weapon and skill upgrades can be found at regular intervals, and monster strength and numbers increase as you ascend in roguelike fashion. $3 with no in-app purchases.

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"The Fable of Ruby" is retro style Action RPG. Ruby is a girl works for a worker in laboratory on the uncanny tower. She spend her life peacefully. But she suffer crisis suddenly. So this game is her adventure overcoming her crisis. You can get various weapon and equipments, explore dungeons and upgrade your items. It is main play style of "The Fable of Ruby". And it give you plentiful play because dungeons is made up about 10 stages and over 200 rooms.

The Fable of Ruby
The Fable of Ruby
Developer: Hyunmin Ryu
Price: $1.99 $0.99

Justice League Action Run

Justice League Action is the latest DC cartoon to reinvent the company's classic heroes. It doesn't exactly break the mold... and in that sense, it's oddly appropriate that it would use a pretty standard runner format for its first mobile game. While the streamlined hero designs and 3D graphics are appealing, they can't distract from the same tap-and-swipe gameplay we've seen many, many times before. At least the in-app purchases for powerups and randomized loot don't go above three bucks.

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Ready to take on the world’s meanest villains? Here’s your chance to hand pick your own team of Justice League Action heroes set the bad guys on the run. And between missions, you can catch your breath—watch videos, learn amazing character facts, and read the best comic books in the universe.

• RUN, jump, slide, dodge, fly, and blast your way through 150 mission-based levels.
• SWAP heroes during your missions (why stick with one superpower or ability?)
• FIGHT bosses at the end of each chapter and thwart their evil plans.
• UPGRADE and customize your heroes with new costumes, abilities, gear, and superpowers.
• EARN tokens to level up and unlock new heroes and more rewards.
• WATCH videos, shorts, clips, and tutorials for Justice League Action and other DC Kids shows.
• READ the latest DC news, announcements, character facts, and digital comic books.

Invizimals: Battle Hunters

Invizimals started off on the PSP as a sort of Pokémon mixed with augmented reality camera hijinks. The Android version seems to have ditched the camera in favor of straight monster-collecting mechanics, though cards from the real-world game can be imported to catch and evolve critters. There's a bit of a village building mechanic, but the main point is to get your monsters to duke it out in the arena. The game is free with a $3 in-app purchase to unlock the full title. This one has been available outside the US for some time.

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Welcome to the amazing world of the Invizimals™, hunter. Invizimals™ are invisible mythical creatures made of energy that live all over the world. Hunters worldwide use their mobile devices to locate them, hunt them, and make them grow through battle. Join the creatures of the Invizimals™ saga and TV show on a brand-new adventure. This is a free trial version limited to 6 creatures and 25 cards. An additional, one-time purchase is needed to unlock the full content which includes over 170 creatures.

Super Sticky Bros

Super Sticky Bros is a vertical platformer that mixes elements of runner games and more old-school stage-based platforming. The game's art style is almost desperately trendy, using both Minecraft-style volumetric pixels AND standard pixels for the various unlockable avatars. It's nothing we haven't seen before but anyone looking for a little twitchy action without any complications should feel at home. The freebie title has both ads and in-app purchases going up to $4.

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Don't feel you got the skills for platformer games? Hate to start fresh when your character dies? Counter-intuitive control that ruins everything for you? So few levels but still charge for DLCs? We fixed them all. This is the platformer game that will end all platformers.

* Climb, jump and reach for the top.
* Death is never the end, only makes you stronger.
* 4,294,967,296 levels and updating.
* Control is so smooth that it feels like part of you.
* Tons of character and level skins.

Super Sticky Bros
Super Sticky Bros
Developer: ChillyRoom
Price: Free+

Mimics - the selfie party game

The only point of Mimics is to imitate the goofy faces of cartoon avatars, with your mug being immortalized via the front-facing camera. That's not the sort of thing that can hold one's attention for long, which is probably why it's meant to be played at a party, where all your friends can laugh at you (with or without the aid of spirituous liquors). Naturally you can share your best attempts to Facebook and Twitter, and there's an online mode if you're currently lacking company. It's free with IAP that only goes up to $2.50.

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Mimics is the fun and hilarious new game about imitating funny faces with friends and family. Given a picture, you mimic the facial expression and watch your friends try and guess which picture you portrayed. You will:

  • Twist and distort your face in ridiculous ways
  • Crack up while others do the same
  • Mimic more than 200 different cartoons, animal photos, objects and lots more
  • Play together or compete with your friends in different game modes
  • Save your funniest faces or share them to Facebook or Twitter

Mimics - THE party game
Mimics - THE party game
Developer: Navel
Price: Free+

Trunk

We've seen this sort of super-simple progression game before: you control the stage, not the character, rotating it around to keep the blocky guy from meeting an obstacle and dropping off into oblivion. This one is particularly difficult thanks to an unusually fast pace, but otherwise it has the same blocky character collection and semi-random progression that you've seen in this sort of minimal title many times before. It's free with $10 in-app purchases.

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Trunk is an endless fun game about escaping a collapsing tree trunk while navigating through the branches. It is a fast paced game with cool music and over 20 awesome characters to unlock.

• Tap the screen to rotate the trunk.
• Collect coins along the way.
• Avoid hitting the branches and escape before the trunk collapses.

Get the highest score and collect coins to unlock awesome characters like Batman, Superman and others. Compete in the Trunk Super League and beat your friends to reach the highest ranks.

 

Trunk 🍄🍁😍
Trunk 🍄🍁😍
Developer: MBGames
Price: Free+

Flood GRIBB

Flood GRIBB is a tile-based puzzler with just one goal: clear the board by switching colors. Your control over tiles extends as you switch and connect them (watch the video to see the mechanic in action). The stage expands and your color choices multiply as the game progresses, increasing the challenge but not mixing up the core principle. The game is more about logic than anything else, so fans of non-timed puzzles should enjoy it. Free with ads, but no in-app purchases.

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Flood GRIBB is a fun and relaxing game for puzzle addicts of all ages. In Flood GRIBB you are faced with increasingly complex levels, where you have to color the whole board in a single color with the given amount of color swaps. At the beginning of each level you start with the top-left tile, and gradually flood your way across the screen. Press the buttons at the bottom of the screen to change the color of the tiles under your control. Unlimited number of levels, you will never run out.

Flood GRIBB
Flood GRIBB
Developer: Gribb Games
Price: Free+

Qorbit

Qorbit is a little puzzle game that's all about timing. The first tap stops the dots running around the outside of the stage and makes them "fall" inward, while the second tap makes them stop. The point of each stage changes, but generally you're aiming to clear blocks by combining them in groups of five. This one is unreleased (beta), but it's free with no in-app purchases (at least at the moment).

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A puzzle arcade game to improve your peripheral view field and reaction time.

Qorbit
Qorbit
Developer: Sirnic
Price: Free+

Ballz

Ballz, which is not at all titled in any sort of juvenile way, is a mix of Breakout and 2048. Players must shoot the balls ballz strategically to break them down as they descend - the more "power" in each brick, the more impacts it'll take to break it up. The setup is simple but effective, and like most Ketchapp games, it's free with IAP that only goes up to $2.49.

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Relax your brain with the champion of time killer. Swipe your finger to throw the balls and break the bricks. Try to break as many bricks as possible before they move down to the bottom. Collect all the items to get additional balls and make an endless ball chain. The level of bricks will be increased after each round you throw the balls. Very easy to play but very hard to reach high scores. Don't forget the angle is the key point.

Ballz
Ballz
Developer: Ketchapp
Price: Free+

Sky Spin

This simple little game is all about getting the spin right to move along a narrow platform and dodge the incoming detritus. That's about it - Sky Spin is heavy on single-finger twitch and light on graphics, though online leaderboards are included. At the moment it's free with no in-app purchases.

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Change direction to avoid obstacles and keep from falling off the platform. Collect gems to unlock all of the characters.

  • One Tap Controls
  • 25+ Different Characters to Unlock
  • Minimal Art
  • Ambient Soundtrack
  • Leaderboards

Sky Spin
Sky Spin
Developer: ArmNomads LLC
Price: Free

Exo

Exo tasks players with piloting a space age drone around a desolate planet. It's got a bit of a Myst setup - the only real point is to find alien relics and get them working with some basic puzzles. This one is only available for Daydream, which is a little odd since there's nothing in there that really depends on the VR setup except the first-person view. Even so, it's free with no ads or in-app purchases, so there's no reason not to give it a try.

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Welcome to Exo, an immersive VR game where players pilot a futuristic drone around an unknown planet, working to discover and activate an ancient alien technology. Developed specifically for Google Daydream, Exo uses the Daydream controller and headset to allow full 360 degree exploration while honing players’ flying skills and precision to progress through the game. Players will need to discover how to interact with the world through their drone to activate the dormant technology with help from a mothership, hovering above.

Exo
Exo
Developer: Hook Studios
Price: Free

Fluffy Jump

Fluffy Jump is a fairly standard entry in the "jumping" subcategory of endless games. It requires a bit of timing to get the jump juuuust right, but there are no tilt controls - horizontal movement is handled by the sliding platforms themselves. It's simple, but the 2D graphics (thankfully not pixelated) are almost achingly cute, and there's a good variety of animals to collect. In-app purchases for extra characters and powerups go up to $15.

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Tap to jump and jump as as far as possible without falling down. Collect coins, hatch eggs and unlock new animals. Collect over 80 animals and beat hidden objectives to unlock even fluffier SECRET ones. Jump to the skies and beat your friends highscore in the online leaderboards.

  • Over 80 unlockable animals.
  • Secret special animals.
  • One touch, super simple to play but hard to master
  • Great visuals, awesome sound
  • Jumpier than the next leading brand (and with more fluff)

Fluffy Jump
Fluffy Jump
Price: Free+

Bit City

Bit City takes the core principle of Sim City and shrinks it down, giving players a tile-based world that's easy to control on a smartphone screen. There's a surprising amount of variety in the structures and services that can be built up - if the simpler interpretations of the city-builder genre aren't doing it for you, Bit City might be worth a look. At the moment it's in unreleased beta, so expect some bugs, though the $20 in-app purchases seem to be working just fine.

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Build your own Bit City. Start from a tiny town and grow to a thriving metropolis in this city building idle game from the creators of Tiny Tower. Collect profits and invest in upgrades that keep your city growing. Fill your city with new types of cars, planes and ships. Unlock cool new buildings, including famous landmarks to customize the look of your city. What are you waiting for? Start building YOUR own Bit City now.

Bit City
Bit City
Developer: NimbleBit LLC
Price: Free+

Battle Planet

Battle Planet is a VR-only game with a roguelike format. You might be wondering why a top-down combat game needs to be exclusive to VR, and that's a good question. This one takes place on tiny micro-planets (think Mario Galaxy) that lend a little dimension to the 3D graphics. But past that, it's hard to see why the developers are limiting their potential audience to Daydream headset owners. The graphics are cute and appealing, and some of the big bosses are dramatic, but the setup seems niche at best. Free with $20 in-app purchases.

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You're all alone on a micro planet in space when the deadly TERMINOIDS attack you from all sides. Now it's you against a gigantic army of enemies. All that stands between you and death is your gun power and a bomb defusal drone. Experience a stunning looking rogue-like VR shooter with nonstop action. Endless planets, massive bossfights and ultimate firepower awaits you. Fight your way up the Highscore ranks in this addictive One-Stick shooter and become a combat legend. How long will you survive until you're planets blows to pieces?

Battle Planet
Battle Planet
Developer: Threaks
Price: $11.99

GetMeBro!

We don't see multiplayer takes on the runner game very often. This one has you facing off against a single online opponent as you run through stages that are heavy on platformer-style obstacles and alternate routes. Different characters have different abilities that can give them a speed boost or slow down their opponents. It's an interesting twist on a tired format, and the 2D steampunk graphics are interesting in a gloomy sort of way. Free with ads and in-app purchases that go up to about $23.

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Great unique multiplayer game like you never played before. Enter the battlefield and knock down your opponents in an unforgiving race for your life. Create the best strategy and ensure your victory by choosing from a variety of abilities. Customize your character, unlock new abilities, enter tournaments and much, much more. Play private games with your friends and spectate them on any device. Great fun for home/LAN parties. Climb ranks and be the best unbeatable survivor of tomorrow.

GetMeBro!
GetMeBro!
Developer: GimmeBreak Ltd.
Price: Free+

Pocket Plants

Pocket Plants is halfway between a puzzle game and a terrarium, with a limited amount of space to grow and upgrade a series of anthropomorphic plants. Sliding and dropping plants onto each other will upgrade them, making them even bigger and more googley-eyed. There's a lot of variety in the plants and the cutesy characters, even if the core gameplay isn't anything to write home about. But the coolest element is connecting to a FitBit for free in-game points from your real-world steps. Free with $20 in-app purchases.

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Combine your plants to unlock dozens of cute new ones as you revitalize several different worlds. Charming characters will aid you in your adventure by giving you different tasks to complete for great rewards. You can even connect your phone or Fitbit to help generate more energy as you exercise.

  • Collect them all. - Grow hundreds of absolutely adorable plants as you mix and match different species in order to evolve brand new ones.
  • Cast of characters - Harvest plants for charming NPC's and complete their orders to earn exciting rewards.
  • Powerups - Unlock flasks by completing orders to research dozens of unique powerups.
  • Explore - Breath life back into several magical worlds as you discover more plant types.
  • Healthy Twist - Connect your phone or Fitbit and convert your steps into free energy in-game.

Pocket Plants
Pocket Plants
Developer: Kongregate
Price: Free+

Pirate Quest: Become a Legend

Here's a turret shooter with a nautical theme. You're a gunner on a pirate ship, operating a series of cannons on a largely rail-driven system. The cannons give the game a unique feel: with slow-moving cannon balls, you can't just blast away. Timing your shots to account for the movement of both the enemy and your own ship is crucial to winning. The usual upgrades and ramping difficulty are present, as are hefty $43 in-app purchases, but it might be worth a try if you're looking for something different.

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Are you tough enough to overcome the odds and undertake the Pirate Quest? Pirate Quest is a blockbuster quality arcade game challenging you to battle your rivals on a quest for pirate supremacy. Raise your cannons, assemble your crew and prepare your ship for battle to go down in history as the most legendary pirate to set sail the seven seas. There are over 150 Pirate Quests for you to undertake on your way to the top, but are you pirate enough?

Beat Racer

Beat Racer's play setup is a bog-standard endless runner: you drive a car in one of three lanes, and you're being chased by a bigger car. It's the presentation that makes the difference here: the vehicles and environments are soaked in neon low-poly goodness. You'll also have to gather "beat" powers by shifting lanes. The setup is endless, but there's undeniable charm in the visual style and music. Unfortunately in-app purchases for upgrades go up to a rather depressing $70.

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In a desolated world, a lonely driver sets off to a journey to the surreal world of beats. Racing through the gorgeous soundscape, you explore the world by following the trail of alluring beats. Adventuring across the road, you jump over obstacles and defeat enemies to finish the race to complete all music. Discover the beautifully designed backgrounds and unlock all the handcrafted uniquely designed cars. Join the fast-paced journey of rhythmic electronic music and stunningly stylish visuals.

Beat Racer
Beat Racer
Developer: LILA SOFT
Price: Free+

Tower Keepers

Tower Keepers is a basic RPG with a focus on party combat. You assemble a team of four adventurers that all move at the same time, attacking and defending in a semi-turn-based system that relies on countdown timers to activate specific abilities. It's all a bit hands-off for both action fans and RPG fans, but casual players might appreciate the more tuned balance of the system. There's a lot of weapons, armor, and skills to unlock... and you'll do so faster if you shell out for the $100 in-app purchases, so you can then abuse the PVP system.

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Train an epic army of heroes and defend your tower against all enemies. Embark on more than 75 unique missions against 70+ monster types, each with their own special attacks. Loot your foes, discover hidden treasure chests, and complete quests to unlock new skills, weapons, and armor for each hero. Enchant your items or craft new ones to maximize your power, then enter Hero Battles and pit your best team of heroes against other players in real-time head to head play.

Tower Keepers
Tower Keepers
Developer: ninja kiwi
Price: Free+

Lords of the Fallen

On consoles, Lords of the Fallen is a rather shameless but competent clone of the Dark Souls franchise, complete with reactive combat and punishing difficulty. On mobile, it's a clone of tap-and-swipe brawler games like Infinity Blade, complete with tired mechanics and pay-to-win in-app purchases of up to $50... which are all the more unforgivable, since this is a $10 game! The graphics and character designs are pretty, but they're basically the only reasons to look twice at this game.

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Lords of the Fallen is a mysterious action game where you battle gothic monsters in a thrilling 1-on-1 combat. Use swipe controls to attack, dodge or parry. But keep in mind that quick wits needs to be combined with the right strategy to defeat enemies. Jump into a brand new mobile experience set in the universe of Lords of the Fallen. Join Harkyn, Yetka and Kaslo as they journey deep into the heart of a forsaken monastery to end the reign of the Demon Queen Acasha once and for all.

Lords of the Fallen
Lords of the Fallen
Developer: CI GAMES SA
Price: $9.99+

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