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 take on top-down strategy, a unique spin on zombies, and a word puzzler from an unexpected source. Without further ado:
Emancy: Borderline War
There's been an interesting trend in real-time strategy games as of late: letting the player take direct control of one unit to duke it out on the ground next to their forces.
Can you remember that incredibly mediocre Stargate-branded Infinity Blade clone? Good. Now, can you forget it? A much better alternative for nostalgic fans just went live in the Play Store. Stargate SG-1: Unleashed (Episode 1) fits into the general action genre, set in the universe of the expansive TV series. While the game itself doesn't look like much, it does get one thing right: the main characters (Colonel O'Neill, Colonel Carter, Teal'c, and Dr. Jackson) are all voiced by their original actors from the TV show. It's the first time the main cast has been reunited since 2008.
The game was released on iOS back in March - when it comes to late releases on Android, three months isn't too bad.
Hey, you! Yes, you, with the Razer keyboard and the home-built desktop humming like a Sherman tank! Are you so extreme that you want to play your favorite EA shooting games even when you're not playing them?! Do you and your friends constantly argue about the value of the K2D ratio as a measurement of e-sport skillz?! Then you might just be hardcore enough to deserve Battlelog, EA's new social app for Battlefield 3 and Medal of Honor: Warfighter! You can download it now from the Google Play Store! Why are you still reading this sentence?! Words are for people who can't afford bullets!
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 game that suggest you might be a redneck if you like shooting aliens, a new entry in the sports manager genre, a shifted take on the jumping platformer, and a game about keeping balls in the air.
Gameloft is preparing to unveil the newest incarnation of it's popular and totally original first-person shooter franchise Modern Combat. We can glean several things from the trailer: there will be guns, there will be helicopters, and oh my god the graphics.
This trailer is obviously designed to look as good as it possibly can, but it does seem to be a cut above Gameloft's previous efforts. The level of detail is impressive and texture resolution is very high. If there is a dead giveaway you're gaming on a mobile device, it will be the physics performance, which has always felt lacking in Gameloft titles.
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 take on old-school action RPGs, a new version of an adorably violent shooter, and yet another game licensed from a summer blockbuster. Without further ado:
Ku: Shroud Of The Morrigan
Ku seems to have everything I want in a mobile game: fast, fluid combat, controls that are designed for touchscreens first and foremost, and more style than you can shake a shaleighleigh at.
Armchair generals, take note: tactical games are making a comeback. This top-down micromanaging genre was once dominated by the likes of Shining Force, Tactics Ogre, and Final Fantasy Tactics (and just recently by XCOM: Enemy Unknown) but it's surprisingly perfect for touchscreen devices; see the Great Little War Game series. The ARMA series is known for painstakingly realistic shooters, but it's stepping back for Arma Tactics THD to give the player a bird's eye view of the battlefield.
You control four commandos whose mission plays out on an impressive 3D grid, strategically moving and utilizing their weapons in turn-based combat. (If you're wondering what that's like, Call of Duty players, imagine chess with guns.) Each soldier specializes in a different tactical role, with unique weapons and abilities assigned to him.
In many ways, the proliferation of the Call of Duty generation is just an extension of ye olde Cops and Robbers, traditionally played with cap guns, rubber bands, or NERF darts. The Tech 4 Kids company is trying to bring kids' games full circle with Tek Recon, a series of toy guns. What makes these toys unique is the video game-style smartphone HUD, enabled with a docked phone and an Android or iOS app. The Tek Recon Kickstarter campaign started this morning, and it looks like it won't have any trouble meeting the reasonable $50,000 goal.
Tek Recon functions well enough as a toy gun alone.
Just two days ago I decried the relative lack of innovation in mobile gaming, and after climbing EPOCH's surprisingly steep difficulty curve, I get to eat humble pie. This cover-based shooter from Android newcomer Uppercut Games blew me away with its original control scheme and immersive graphics. It's not flawless, but its combination of mobile-friendly gameplay and and impressive presentation should make every action gamer (and developer) sit up and take notice.
The shooting is fast and twitchy. The battle system requires skill, timing, and strategy to master. And best of all, EPOCH is a triple-A action game that never once had me wishing for my controller.
It wouldn't be another month without our usual short-lists. We've already discussed our six favorite apps from March 2013, so it's time to take a look at the six best games we saw last month. As usual, the Play Store had plenty of new games to offer, from fast-paced shooters to classic remakes to chaotic puzzlers. If you like playing games on Android, chances are there was something for you last month. Since most readers don't have enough time to check out every worthy competitor in the store, we'll take a peek at the six games we think stood out most last month.