We've all been there: some crazy moon phase happens, awakening hordes of sleeping monsters that are now dead set on destroying... everything. When that happen in my town, I usually grab some sort of diabolical weapon and start swinging it like a madman, destroying every beasty that comes towards me. For those who haven't had the pleasure of experiencing this fascinating event, there's TinyLegends - Crazy Knight.
This game comes to us from the iOS side of the world, where it has achieved quite a solid fanbase. It's your job to slay as many little boxy-looking creatures as possible, using a variety of mess-stuff-up weapons.
Over on the iOS side of things, W.E.L.D.E.R. has made quite a name for itself with unique word-based gameplay and a real sense of humor. Now you too can get in on the fun with W.E.L.D.E.R. on your Android device of choice. Make sure you check out the video below so you know what you're getting into. This is serious business.
W.E.L.D.E.R. is a bit like a combination of Boggle, Scrabble, and Bejeweled. You have to create word combinations with various tile types to get the most points. The better you play, the more special abilities you get access to. It's not just about mindless fun, though.
There was a virus outbreak, and it caused some... issues. Many people were dead within days, but those who weren't killed transformed into beastly creatures. Those who showed signs of contamination were quarantined in the Death Dome, where they grew into "The Behemoths."
That's the premise of the Glu Mobile subsidiary Griptonite's new game, Death Dome. You play the part of Phoenix, a fearless protagonist set on slaying the mutated monsters inside the Dome.
FIGHT FEARSOME ENEMIES Battle Larger-than-life Behemoths in a virus-ravaged city
EVOLVING COMBAT! Learn new skills and techniques as you progress through the game. Use them to take down even tougher enemies!
We've seen more and more endless runner-style games show up in the Play Store, and, up to this point, they have all seemed basically the same. Enter Subway Surfers, a fun and whimsical take on the runner genre that just made its way to Android from iOS.
In Subway Surfers, you play the part of a delinquent kid named Jake who's running from an overly-grumpy inspector and his dog. You have to jump, flip, and grind from track to track on your hoverboard, picking up coins and avoiding trains as they pass by. For certain levels, you'll ditch the hoverboard and take to the skies with your paint-powered jetpack.
When Horn arrived on that other mobile platform a couple weeks ago, it was met with plenty of praise. Now Horn is available on Android, and it still stands out among all categories of games. Horn is built from the ground up with an awareness that it will be played on a touchscreen device, and it shows. From the impressive graphics to the unique story, Horn has a lot to show off. Let's dig in and see if it's a must-have.
You play as Horn, the blacksmith's apprentice who awakens one day to find everyone in the village has been transformed into mechanical monsters by a curse.
It's taken a while to get to this point, but we're finally here. A new era for mobile gaming. From tomorrow forward, the world as you know it will cease to be the same. Why? Because after today, Rovio will have a game that isn't Angry Birds-related on the Play Store. What is the game? Do you even care? It's Amazing Alex. If you've ever played a contraption-building game, it'll look familiar to you. If you haven't, watch this:
Pricing information is still unavailable, but if the company follows its previous pattern, it will have both free and paid versions. Whether the game will be able to reach the same level of popularity as Angry Birds has yet to be seen, but if you've been waiting for Rovio to do anything besides release more levels and skins for that thing where you throw things at other things, tomorrow your wait finally ends.
You may remember a wonderful little free physics game called Rocket Bunnies from a while back. Similarly, there was a cool RPG known as Heroes Call that came out not too long ago. The developer behind both these games is Defiant Development, and now they've brought the popular iOS game Ski Safari to Android.
In Ski Safari, you play the roll of Sven, who finds himself in the unenviable position of skiing down a hillside to keep ahead of an avalanche. There's a fair bit of action here as you recruit hapless animals along the slopes to help you stay ahead of the unstoppable wall of snow.
Lightopus is a top-down arcade-style game that prides itself on being very pretty. In this game, you play as the last adult Lightopus, and it's up to you to save the young of your species from the monsters of the Abyss. You do this by zipping around the screen and dodging enemies as you collect your offspring, known as bulbies.
The description isn't lying when it says the game is system-intensive. The environments are almost psychedelic in their color palate. There are elaborate swimming organisms, flashy lighting effects, and even animated backgrounds. You maneuver around just by tapping, but combat is unique and very challenging.
Platformers have been done to death on mobile devices, but Project 83113 has a unique visual flare and the solid controls to make everyone take note. Project 83113 follows the exploits of Belle, the last hope for victory against the machines. It turns out the secret to defeating a race of evil machines is guns - lots and lots of guns. Luckily, Belle has four arms with which to hold guns. How convenient!
The game isn't about precision like many platformer titles. Instead you use a system of swipes to control Belle's movement, and a lot of it is on autopilot.
Update: Previously, I mentioned that Babel Rising 3D contains in-app purchasing options. These have since been removed.
It is the conventional wisdom of our time that smartphone and tablet gaming are "the future." Like plastics. It's inevitable, it's going to happen - more and more people will move away from the PSPs, the PCs, and the Xboxes to their all-in-one portable devices. Now, that's not to say these other industries are going away any time soon - console and PC gaming will likely to continue to stand on their own for decades (maybe not so much portable consoles). Console gaming, in particular, is having something of a second "golden age" with the Xbox360 and Nintendo Wii.