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Air Attack 2 Mixes Retro Shoot-Em-Up Gameplay With Fantastic 3D Graphics And A Great Free-To-Play Model

It might be tempting to think that there's nothing new under the sun for top-down airplane shoot-em-ups. After all, the genre has been kicking around since the 1970s. But you'd be wrong - in fact, the vertical layout and touch controls on smartphones make them ideal for this sort of title, as exemplified by Air Attack way back in 2011. The original game was one of our favorites during the initial Android boom, and now the sequel has arrived. Air Attack 2 is free to download on the Play Store today.

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Crimsonland Is Basically Starcraft As A Top-Down Shooter, Complete With Four Player Local Co-Op

Remember those Terran levels in the original Starcraft, where your entire planet was being overrun with H.R. Geiger knock-offs and all hope seemed lost? Remember how you wished you could jump down into your screen, strap on a suit of power armor, and serve up hot lead to all comers instead of directing troops like an omnipotent general? Well since Blizzard is never (never) going to give us Starcraft Ghost and Microsoft won't let Halo out of the Xbox playpen, Crimsonland might just be the closest you can get to that experience.

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Crossy Road Developers Release 'Shooty Skies,' A Casual Free-To-Play Take On Shoot-Em-Ups

Crossy Road is often presented as a prime example of what's wrong with casual games, because it's a free-to-play game that's based on a classic (Frogger) and lacks any kind of sophistication. But Crossy Road does a lot of things right, too: it has an interesting if not unique visual style, it's accessible to any kind of gamer, and best of all, its free-to-play model is entirely reasonable, asking for only one dollar at a time and never forcing players to buy currency or tokens for random rewards. It's a good little game, is what I'm saying here.

Two of the three-man team from Crossy Road have released a new game in the same casual vein, Shooty Skies.

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DUAL! Embraces Local Multiplayer For An Interesting Take On Shoot-Em-Ups

Remember when we used to play games with people who were actually in the same room? Rookie Play Store developer Seabaa does. They've created DUAL!, an Android game that positively demands you play it with friends. DUAL is basically a top-down space shooter in the style of Galaga, but the structure has been modified to allow two people to play across two Wi-Fi connected devices, either competitively or cooperatively.

The primary game mode pits two players against each other. Once you're connected (and you figure out which way the screens are supposed to be oriented), tilt to move your pixelated ship around the field, tap to fire short shots, or tap and release to charge a larger shot.

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[Bonus Round] Son Of Light, Give It Up, Logic Dots, Unium, And Satellina

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 an old-school bullet hell shooter, a music game starring Meatwad, a Minesweeper-inspired puzzler, another puzzler with a Go aesthetic, and a unique twitch game. Without further ado:

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Son of Light

Son of Light is a fairly typical shoot-em-up in the old style: shoot everything that moves, avoid all the bullets, and generally pretend to be a tiny, two-dimensional Flash Gordon.

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[Bonus Round] Sky Force 2014, Random Heroes 2, Hopeless: Football Cup, Rival Knights, GlowGrid, And Les Miserables

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 beautiful shoot-em-up remake, a 2D platforming sequel, a more friendly version of the super-tense Hopeless, a jousting simulator, a Lite-Brite puzzler, and an adventure game inspired by Hugo. Without further ado:

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Sky Force 2014

It never ceases to amaze me how good the old-school games can look when you give them a little modern polish.

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[Bonus Round] Mig 2D: Retro Shooter, 100 Doors 2, Word Puttz, TA Little Red Riding Hood, And Circle Stop

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 an old-school bullet hell shooter, a sequel to a popular puzzler, a stylish platformer, an even more stylish casual game, and an interesting mix of golf and Scrabble. Without further ado:

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Mig 2D: Retro Shooter!

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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] BulkyPix's 'Dead Effect' Is Like Dead Trigger Meets Dead Space (Read: Zombies On A Spaceship)

While there are no shortage of zombie shoot-em-ups on Android, none have quite reached the level of popularity that Madfinger's Dead Trigger has. While we're still more than a week away from the unveiling of Dead Trigger 2, those who love this type of game may be feeling sad and lonely, wishing for something else to play. Good news! We have just such a game for you: say hello to Dead Effect.

This game is basically Dead Trigger meets Dead Space, as it pits you against armies of undead hordes on a spaceship. It's unclear where these space zombies came from – perhaps something went wrong during some sort of cryo-sleep that accidentally turned the crew of the ship into mindless, flesh-eating undead.

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[Bonus Round] Scribble Hero, Ghosts of Mistwood, Alice in Wonderland, The Impossible Line, And Tiny Thief Lite

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 an interesting top-down shooter, a couple of Disney adventure games, a unique maze puzzler, and a free release from Rovio. Without further ado:

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Scribble Hero

This here is the second game published by Nickelodeon (or technically by MTV Networks), and the first that's not based on an existing property.

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