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Deus Ex GO Will Give Square-Enix's Mobile Board Games A Sci-Fi Makeover Later This Year

E3, the biggest video game trade show on the planet, is ramping up next week. Most of the news will only be relevant for PC and console gamers, but a few of the mega-publishers will be announcing mobile fare too, and Square-Enix is getting ahead of the pack. Along with a new primary entry in its futuristic post-human action series Deus Ex, the publisher has announced Deus Ex GO, a mobile game with similar elements to the existing Lara Croft GO and Hitman GO titles. It'll be available on phones and tablets "this summer" according to the reveal trailer.

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Talisman: The Horus Heresy Puts The Popular Board Game In A Warhammer 40,000 Setting

Here's a little exercise for you: think of your favorite board game. Now add hulking space marines, chainsaw swords, and elaborate baroque spaceships. Try to imagine any possible way that this is not awesome. Monopoly would go faster if you could fill all that mortgage nonsense with epic infantry battles, and someone might actually play backgammon if you could call in an orbital strike. Until that wonderful day arrives, we have Talisman: The Horus Heresy, a re-working of Talisman within the popular sci-fi setting of Warhammer 40,000.

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[Bonus Round] Evo Explores, Patchwork, Sinless: Remastered, Cyber Breaker, Retro Shot, Colonial Conquest, And OlliOlli2

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 Monument Valley-style puzzle game, a two-player board game, a cyberpunk point-and-click adventure, two stylized "retro" games, a Risk-style strategy title, and a SHIELD-only extreme sports sequel. Without further ado:

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Evo Explores

Evo Explores is a puzzle game by way of MC Escher.

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[Bonus Round] Splendor, Yurei Ninja, Agar.io, Quadrush, And Alphabear

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 digital board game, a ninja-themed endless runner, an interesting online MOBA, a fast-paced take on Tetris, and a word game with adorable bears. Without further ado:

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Splendor

Splendor is the latest board game from the makers of the popular Ticket to Ride series.

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[Bonus Round] Silver Bullet, Kill the Plumber, Dawn Of The Sniper, Tiny Troopers 2, Formula Cartoon All Stars, And Warhammer Quest

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 top-down shooter, a reverse Mario game, a 2D zombie sniper, a group-based shooter, a cartoony racer, and a digital RPG board game. Without further ado:

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Silver Bullet looks like an unofficial game for the Underworld series of movies...

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XCOM Board Game Gains Android Support With Free Companion App

If you're a gamer, you probably know XCOM as the recently revived turn-based alien killin' strategy game. It's also been given an official board game, a natural fit for the turn-based combat so heavily featured in the digital version. Until today you needed an iOS device for the mandatory companion app, which handles such fiddly things as player turns and hit percentages - the things your DM used to do on pen and paper. Now it's been given a belated release on Android... not unlike the mobile version of the PC game.

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XCOM The Board Game has one to four human players working cooperatively to fight through a scenario and protect the Earth from extraterrestrial invaders.

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[Bonus Round] Spectrum, Sol Invictus, And Galaxy Trucker

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 stylish avoider game, a sci-fi gamebook, and a unique board game. Without further ado:

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Spectrum

Spectrum is a platformer, at least in the broad sense of the genre - it might be more accurate to call it an "avoider" game.

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[Bonus Round] Unpossible, Manuganu 2, Gravity Duck, Talisman, And Doppler

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 neon-tinted twitch racer, a charming endless runner, a duck with better-than-average flight capabilities, a classic board game, and a super-frustrating multitouch experience. Without further ado:

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Unpossible

While it's technically and basically an endless runner, the trippy, tubular levels in Unpossibe remind me of the twitchy racing of F-Zero, albeit without the racing.

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[Game Roundup] Our Top Seven Picks For The Best New Games Of February 2014

February is the shortest month of the year, and it also happens to contain the biggest Android-related tech conference, Mobile World Congress. Between the two of them, you might think we'd be short of good games this month. On the contrary - February has given us one of the better crops of high-quality and diverse Android games we've seen in quite a while. Here's our pick for the top seven, in no particular order, with some honorable mentions thrown in for good measure.

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Out There

Out There is a space game where you play a lone astronaut, desperately trying to survive in the harsh depths of space.

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[New Game] Pathogen Is The Latest Abstract Strategy Game With Very Few Colors That Will Consume All Of Your Free Time

Pathogen is a turn-based strategy game, but it doesn't involve armor-clad warriors waging war against hordes of miscellaneous fiends. Instead, it tasks shapes of one color with overcoming similar shapes of another hue. It's the kind of simplistic, easy-to-grasp, abstract experience that tends to be very successful on mobile platforms. Now, after having made itself cozy in a competing app store a couple months ago, Pathogen has found its way onto Google Play.

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Pathogen pits players against each other in an engagement requiring the kind of tactical prowess you would expect from a timeless board game. The multiplayer mode takes place either on a single screen or online, but there's also a lengthy single-player campaign and multiple difficulty levels to provide plenty of replay value even when alone.

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