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Galcon 2 revives a simplified space strategy game with new multiplayer modes and more complex tactics

Here's a blast from the past. The original Galcon came to the Play Store when it wasn't even the Play Store - back in 2010 it was still going by the name "Android Market." It was a super-simple strategy game, adapted from an almost ancient PC shareware title called Galactic Conquest. The original mobile game was quite a popular one - sort of a Threes for the real-time strategy crowd - and today the very welcome sequel has arrived on Android.

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Space Hulk for Android offers turn-based strategy in the Warhammer 40,000 universe, but only on SHIELD devices

Space Hulk is not some Jason X-style reinterpretation of Marvel's not-so-jolly green giant, fun as that might be. Nope, it's a tabletop tactical RPG set in the vaunted Warhammer 40,000 setting. The setting, which features a bunch of strapping space marines stomping around a gigantic derelict spaceship, is kind of like Aliens, except you get to kill things instead of run away. The latest video game version of the Space Hulk setup was released in 2013, and today it's been made available on the SHIELD, SHIELD Tablet, and SHIELD Portable.

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Square Enix Ports The PSP Remake Of Fan Favorite 'Final Fantasy Tactics' To Android For $13.99

Final Fantasy Tactics was an oddball when it was first released for the PlayStation in 1997 - ostensibly a member of the never-repeating (at the time) Final Fantasy series, the game broke from the familiar turn-based battles with a new isometric system that put a huge emphasis on tactical positioning and strategic use of classes and attack ranges. While FFT never got the attention of the standard numbered RPGs in the series, it became a sleeper hit, and the original was kept alive with a few sequels and remakes. It remains a popular game for PS1 emulators.

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You won't need an emulator to play Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions, at least not anymore.

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Frozen Synapse Prime Brings Deep Tactical Gameplay From The PS Vita To Android

Tactical military strategy and RPGs make a natural fit for mobile platforms, especially tablets, thanks to a top-down battlefield and gameplay that's helped along by precision movement. Android already has a small but impressive collection of tactical strategy options, including notable PC/console games like XCOM and more niche options like Ambition of the Slimes. Now Android strategy fans can play Frozen Synapse Prime, a well-received remake of the original Frozen Synapse, for $5.

PS Vita version shown above - developer Double Eleven didn't bother to create an Android trailer.

Frozen Synapse Prime was first released on the PlayStation Vita last November, then ported to the PS3 and PC.

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[Bonus Round] Tactics Maiden, Linken, Don't Play This Game, And Gamebook Adventure Collections

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 indie tactical RPG, a pair of puzzlers, and two collections of Tin Man game books. Without further ado:

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Tactics Maiden

If you're as tired of the "old school" pixelated look as I am, here's an indie RPG that bucks the trend.

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AntiSquad Tactics Offers Colorful Turn-Based Combat In Both Free-To-Play And Premium Versions

Tactical strategy is an interesting hybrid game genre, combining the thinking and placement of a strategy title with the turn-based combat and slow burn improvements of an RPG. AntiSquad Tactics is the first original take on squad strategy we've seen in a while, and unlike games such as X-COM, it's designed for mobile first. But what might interest the purist gamers in the audience is that AntiSquad is available in both a free-to-play and a premium version.

The game is structured in pretty much the same way as its contemporaries, with only a slightly cartoony mercenary aesthetic to differentiate it from, say, Final Fantasy Tactics.

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Foursaken Media's 'Phantom Rift' Is A Mega Man Battle Network-Inspired Adventure With Hundreds Of Spells And Loot Galore

Phantom Rift is the latest game from Foursaken Media, and once again the developer has shown that it knows how to deliver attractive mobile experiences. Following the likes of Monster Adventures, Heroes and Castles, and Bug Heroes 2, Phantom Rift serves as another example of attractive 3D fun. This time around we're looking at a role-playing game inspired by the Mega Man Battle Network series of games that originally appeared on the Game Boy Advance.

In Phantom Rift (and MMBN before it), battles take place on a 6 x 3 grid. The system mixes in elements from card battle games, and in this case, players build a deck of spells that determines which actions they may take in battle.

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[Bonus Round] F18 Carrier Landing II, Lionheart Tactics, And Transworld Endless Skater

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 incredibly detailed flight (and only flight) simulator, a 3D tactical RPG, and an endless skater. Without further ado:

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F18 Carrier Landing II

A true flight combat simulator would have about sixty seconds of pulse-pounding combat hidden somewhere in ten hours of training and another two hours of paperwork.

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[Bonus Round] Record of Agarest War, MIMPI, Cyto's Puzzle Adventure, Skateboard Party 2, And Disney Hidden Worlds

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 tactical RPG, a platformer with a Fine Arts degree, a microscopic casual game, a Tony Hawk wannabe, and an imitation Disney princess. Without further ado:

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RPG Record of Agarest War

Record of Agarest War looks like nothing more nor less than a resurgence of the tactical Japanese RPG sub-genre that became so popular in the late nineties and early 2000s.

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[Bonus Round] Savant Ascent, Heroes of Steel RPG, Never Alone Hotline, Island Of The Lizard King, And Little Inferno

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 gorgeous platformer/shooter, a tactical RPG, a strange telephone-themed adventure game, another Tin Man game book, and a game about burning things. Without further ado:

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Savant - Ascent

Savant is an action-platformer with a heavy dose of 2D shooter thrown in.

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