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Sparkle 3 Genesis Adds Some Much-Needed Structure To The 'Float Around And Eat Stuff' Genre

The Sparkle series of games use a 2D layout and a "zen" approach, putting players in the role of a tiny plankton-like creature as it eats, grows, and evolves. The third game steps up the design of both the sea life and the background until it looks like you're playing in a catastrophic oil spill comprised entirely of tie-dye. Eat, grow, and try not to be eaten in return as you swim through the levels.

There's a dedicated "amoeba" sub-genre out there (it works pretty well on touchscreens) but Sparkle 3 Genesis adds some much-needed complexity. Different food sources will make your creature grow in different ways, introducing a crafting element, and twelve different levels and intermittent screen-filling bosses lend structure to an other wise nebulous experience.

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This War Of Mine Game Preview: A Dreadful, Soul-Crushing Experience... In A Good Way

This War of Mine is not a fun game. But it isn't trying to be. While other "realistic" war games will hand you a rifle and tell you to take that beach, Private, in This War of Mine a few scraps of meat is a much more important tool for survival. You control three survivors living in a bombed-out house in the middle of an extremely non-specific war zone, trying to scrape together enough materials to craft their way through the war without starving or freezing.

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Needless to say, this is not the kind of game that will appeal to those who like to spend their virtual time jumping through colorful Miyamoto landscapes, this is more like a playable version of your great grandpa's stories about what they had to do to get through the war in the old country.

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[Bonus Round] Hotline Miami, War Thunder, Portal Pinball, Sproggiwood, Always Sometimes Monsters, Nubs' Adventure, And IO

Welcome to the latest entry in our Bonus Round series, wherein we tell you all about the new Android games of the day that we couldn't get to during our regular news rounds. Consider this a quick update for the dedicated gamers who can't wait for our bi-weekly roundups, and don't want to wade through a whole day's worth of news just to get their pixelated fix. Today we've got several PC and console pilgrims including Hotline Miami, War Thunder, and Always Sometimes Monsters, a new Portal-inspired Zen Pinball table, a mashup of tactic, RPG, and city-building, and standard platformers and puzzlers.

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Rovio's First Non-Angry Birds Game In Over A Year Is The Surprisingly Good Flappy Bird Clone RETRY

You have to look back pretty far to find a Rovio game that doesn't star aggravated avians. Last year the company developed the official mobile game for the unremarkable Dreamworks movie The Croods, but before that you have to look all the way back to Amazing Alex in 2012. Perhaps Rovio simply got tired of seeing their main franchise ripped off by a thousand mediocre wannabes, because now the internal developer LVL11 has released a Flappy Bird clone.

Wait, don't close that tab just yet. Retry, teased back in May, actually has some surprisingly solid gameplay elements. For one thing, you move your plane forward with careful taps that both tilt it up and activate the propeller, making real "flight" possible (instead of insane sine waves in the air).

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Doggins Is A Game About A Dapper Dog Who Travels Through Time And Relative Dimensions In Space

All dogs are time travellers. On a technical level, anyway: they move around through three dimensions while progressing through the fourth at a constant rate. But the charming hero of the adventure game Doggins has one less dimension to travel through, so he makes up for his 2D affliction by blasting himself backwards in time. If you want to see how (not to mention why) you'll have to play the game, now available for four bucks on the Play Store.

Doggins starts off as it means to go on: weirdly. As the game begins a monocled squirrel most pointedly does not invite you to "a grand celebration of villainy" at his diabolical party tree.

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[Bonus Round] Enterchained, Tower Dwellers, Cricket Captain 2014, And The Boxtrolls: Slide 'N' Sneak

Welcome to the latest entry in our Bonus Round series, wherein we tell you all about the new Android games of the day that we couldn't get to during our regular news rounds. Consider this a quick update for the dedicated gamers who can't wait for our bi-weekly roundups, and don't want to wade through a whole day's worth of news just to get their pixelated fix. Today we've got a unique hack-and-slash brawler, a premium take on Clash of Clans, a game about some mystical and strange sport with insects and bats, and a licensed endless runner. Without further ado:

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Enterchained

Enterchained looks like a standard 2D brawler, but it's got a trick up its sleeve.

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[New Game] OrangePixel's Groundskeeper 2 Combines 2D Shooter Chaos And Roguelike Elements

OrangePixel's original Groundskeeper was more of an experiment than a full game, an endless survivor-shooter in the company's typical old-school 2D style. The sequel retains the look and feel, but everything has been expanded: there's now a full story behind the tiny compartmentalized levels, you have access to a staggering amount of weapons, and the graphics and on-screen action have been given a considerable boost.

The game features the developer's usual calling cards: retro basics dialed up to 11. At the core it's a Contra-style shooter, but the sheer chaos of dozens of enemies and attacks on screen at once combined with impressive speed means it also has a bit of "bullet hell" DNA as well.

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[Bonus Round] Beyond Space, Gentlemen Ricochet, Cubed Snowboarding, And Greedy Dwarf

Welcome to the latest entry in our Bonus Round series, wherein we tell you all about the new Android games of the day that we couldn't get to during our regular news rounds. Consider this a quick update for the dedicated gamers who can't wait for our bi-weekly roundups, and don't want to wade through a whole day's worth of news just to get their pixelated fix. Today we've got a fancy space combat simulator, a gilded physics game, a simple snowboard trick-fest, and an endless runner with a twist. Without further ado:

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Beyond Space

If you're looking for a new take on StarFox for your Android phone, look no further...

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[Bonus Round] Rogue: Beyond The Shadows, Scrap Tank, And Dawn of the Plow

Welcome to the latest entry in our Bonus Round series, wherein we tell you all about the new Android games of the day that we couldn't get to during our regular news rounds. Consider this a quick update for the dedicated gamers who can't wait for our bi-weekly roundups, and don't want to wade through a whole day's worth of news just to get their pixelated fix. Today we've got a sneaky dungeon crawler, a bullet-filled tank shooter, and a snowplow simulator that will fire you at the drop of a beanie. Without further ado:

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Rogue: Beyond The Shadows

The titular rogue in Beyond the Shadows doesn't really fit the classical mold - he'll dungeon crawl with the best of them, utilizing magic and big weapons when appropriate.

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[New Game] DogByte Games Brings Minecraft Sensibilities To The 2D Racer With The Amazon Exclusive Blocky Roads

Minecraft-themed shooter? Yeah, we've done that. Minecraft-themed platformer? Yup. Minecraft-themed dungeon crawlers, RPGs, and (of course) zombie games? You bet. Now developer DogByte, of 8-bit Ninja fame, is bringing Minecraft to the racing genre with the cleverly-titled Blocky Roads. For the moment this 2.5D driving game is exclusive to the Amazon Appstore, where you can pick it up for two bucks.

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How do you combine the blocky sensibilities of Minecraft with a super-simple racer a la Excite Bike? By making the vehicles buildable and moddable, of course. After you complete three races in Blocky Roads you're free to create your own cars and trucks with the materials you pick up in the other levels in the familiar and methodical block-by-block method.

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