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Kairosoft releases Legends of Heropolis, a free-to-play pixel art RPG

Kairosoft, makers of Game Dev Story (who'd have thought a game about making games would be so addicting?!) have released their newest title in the long running simulation series: Legends of Heropolis, in which the player takes on the character of a hero to rebuild a desecrated town.

Like some of the recent Kairosoft games (although unlike Game Dev Story), Legends is ad-supported, meaning it is a free download from the Play Store. However, the gameplay is mostly similar to other titles from the company, feeling a bit like Pokémon games of old with a splash of modern RPG added in.

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[Bonus Round] Skyforce Unite, Super Arc Light, Headshot Heroes, Hex Defender, Rope Racers, AstroSucker, And Exit Hero

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 have a new Kairosoft management game, two different space shooters, a casual soccer title, an unconventional tower defense game, a rope-swinging endless runner, and a zombie game (of course). Without further ado:

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Skyforce Unite!

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[Bonus Round] Enchanted Cave 2, Ramen Sensei, SwapQuest, Dungeon Highway Adventures, And Lords Of Nurroth

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 new dungeon-crawler, another Kairosoft management sim, a puzzle-RPG combo, an 8-bit endless runner, and a new Tin Man game-book. Without further ado:

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The Enchanted Cave 2

Dustin Auxier's original Enchanted Cave game was an impressive if simple adaptation of standard dungeon crawlers (or "roguelikes" as they seem to be called these days).

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[Bonus Round] Skullduggery, Fish Pond Park, Wings Remastered, Battledots, Indefinite, Bears Vs. Art, And Li-Ning Jump Smash 15

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 head-smashing platformer, another Kairosoft management sim, a classic WWI dogfighter, a minimal lane-based strategy game, an interesting text-based interrogation title, a game where you eat people and smash paintings, and an anime-inspired badminton game.

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[Bonus Round] Dark Echo, Bloq, And Bonbon Cakery

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 sound-based puzzle game, a nostalgic sliding block puzzler, and Kairosoft's latest business manager. Without further ado:

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Dark Echo

In Dark Echo, you move through a world that's only visible when sounds are made.

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[Bonus Round] Biz Builder Delux, Bloodbones, And Specular

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 new Kairosoft business manager, another Tin Man gamebook, and a decidedly retro twin-stick shooter. Without further ado:

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Biz Builder Delux

So the latest EA iteration of SimCity isn't to your taste.

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[New Game] Kairosoft Continues To Churn Out Retro Gaming Sims With Magazine Mogul

So, we've designed games, built malls, managed soccer teams, run farms, and that's just scratching the surface of the Kairosoft game catalog. This developer has found a formula that works and it's not about to stop now. The newest title in Kairosoft's stable is Magazine Mogul, and I'm sure you can guess what it's about.

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Someone has to report the news in this small town, and that's the core of gameplay in Magazine Mogul. You explore stories, write new issues, and grow your reader base. Is it fun? Probably – despite the formulaic nature, Kairosoft's games are usually engaging.

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[New Game] Disco Zoo From The Makers Of Tiny Tower Is... Well, It's A Zoo With A Disco In It

With a name like "Disco Zoo," you can probably tell that Tiny Tower developer NimbleBit isn't taking its latest game entirely seriously. And indeed, this really isn't a Zoo Tycoon-style game, and it isn't trying to be. In Disco Zoo, you "rescue" animals under questionable circumstances, then display them in marginally unsafe conditions to farm money out of gawking patrons. And then you throw a disco party.

Disco Zoo is a mix of Kairosoft-style pixelated property management (slightly modified to fit the free-to-play model), and, strangely, minesweeper. Your sojourns to the wild via hot air balloon are played out on a grid with a limited number of moves available.

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[New Game] Kairosoft's Pocket Harvest Gives You A Pair Of Overalls, Your Very Own Farm, And Plenty Of Mouths To Feed

A new Kairosoft game is out, so that means it's time to put away that trigger finger and dig out your thinking cap, because it's time to manage property. Some of the company's previous titles have placed players in feudal Japan, on a soccer field, or atop luxurious apartment complexes, but its latest game plays it even safer. Pocket Harvest puts you at the head of your very own farm, a concept that has grown so ubiquitous through games like Harvest Moon and Farmville that it now ranks somewhere up there with Tetris and Solitaire.

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Unlike the Sims, where players get to live out dream lives vastly more exciting than their own, farming games task players with repetitive, menial tasks that most of us would not even remotely consider doing in real life.

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Star Command Review: A Solid (But Short) Tribute To Star Trek And Kairosoft

Star Command is one of my most-anticipated games for Android. Or at least it was, two years ago when it was scheduled to be released, and then again when it was released for iOS five months ago. An unreasonably long development cycle and some dodgy developer antics have made waiting for this game an exercise in frustration, and it's impossible to give it a full review without at least some bitterness hanging on in the back of my mind.

All that being said, Star Command is a solid tribute to both the Star Trek and the Sim-style, pixelated micromanagement games typified by Kairosoft's Game Dev Story and many, many others.

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