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 stylish platformer, a high-tech space fighter, a superhero novel-book, a turn-based roguelike, and a zombie pinball table. Without further ado:
Oscura: Second Shadow
The sequel to the well-regarded Oscura uses the overdone black foreground aesthetic for more than just ambiance: the sole source of light in most levels is your impish character's glowing hand.
The zombie apocalypse isn't over yet, and the way it unfolds is entirely up to you in season two of The Walking Dead from Telltale Games. This sequel was launched on Amazon's Appstore a few weeks ago, but now it's in the Play Store, which most of you probably prefer. Hey, it's better than last time when it took three months to make the trip over to Google land.
Telltale Games' The Walking Dead: Season One is a great game. It's a decision-based game where the choices you make during the zombie apocalypse affect what happens next. If you haven't played it, I highly recommend it.
If you have played it, however, good news! Season Two is out now for Android...kind of. It's actually exclusive to the Amazon Appstore and the Kindle Fire HDX/Fire TV for now, just like Season One was. In fact, it was something like three months before we saw S1 hit Google Play. Hopefully that won't be the case with S2.
Season Two is essentially a continuation of S1 (though it takes place "several months" after), and all the choices made in the first game rollover into the second, so it's not like starting from scratch.
April has showered us with a ton of Android games, many of which are revivals or straight-up ports of notable releases on the PC and console platforms. There are more than a few awesome mobile-style games as well, so you've got a lot of variety to choose from in this month's best of the best. What follows is our picks for the top crop of Android games in April, in no particular order.
XCOM®: Enemy Unknown
The fact that XCOM: Enemy Unknown has been released for Android gives me hope for mobile gaming. Not just because it's a fantastic turn-based strategy game in its own right, and not just because it's a resurrection of an almost-forgotten game style with fantastic production values.
Earlier this year, Telltale Games released The Walking Dead: Season One in the Amazon Appstore, but gave it exclusive availability on the Kindle Fire. If you've been waiting (as I have) for this one to finally make its way to other Android devices, today's the day – it's now available in Google Play. No, that rhyme wasn't intentional. I promise.
Anyway, for those who may not be familiar with Telltale's rendition of The Walking Dead universe, this is a point-and-click adventure game based on the comic book. You won't find Rick, Carl, Shane, or many other popular characters from the TV series along for the ride; instead, this one follows the story of a different set of characters as they try to make sense of (and survive) their new zombie-infested world.
The Walking Dead is a point-and-click style adventure game based on the much-loved comic book series. It's separate from, but similar to, AMC's popular TV adaptation, and follows a new set of characters as they struggle for survival and stability in an undead America.
I have a confession to make: as much as I love The Walking Dead, I haven't actually read the comics. Initially this was because I didn't want to have any insight into what was going to happen on the show, but with the past season (or so) TWD creator Robert Kirkman stated that the comics and the show were basically on two different paths. With that, I started on a journey to research the comics and start reading. The first place I went was Google Play, hoping that I could get 'em on my Nexus 7. They weren't there, and I was sad.
If you're a dedicated PC or console gamer, odds are pretty good that you've at least heard of The Walking Dead from Telltale Games. It's an old-school adventure game with a coat of current-generation polish, set in the comic book universe that inspired the smash-hit AMC television series. And sometime later this year, it's coming to OUYA.
According to a post on Telltale's blog, all five episodes of The Walking Dead and the well-received DLC episode 400 Days will be coming to the little Android console that could this winter. Season 2 will be coming at some point as well.
It's not much of a secret that I'm basically obsessed with The Walking Dead. When new seasons air, Sundays are easily my favorite day of the week – every passing moment leading up to the start of each week gets me one step closer to finding out what's going to happen to Rick and the crew next. Season finales are always bittersweet – they usually provide at least some sort of closure to the intensity of the season, but I also know it will be months before new episodes are out. October already can't get here soon enough.
Still, when The Walking Dead: Assault hit the Play Store, I was wary of it – it's not uncommon for movie or TV-based games to be complete crap, simply made to grab money from the die-hard fans.
I've gone on record that zombie games are the bane of the mobile landscape, the interactive equivalent of the buddy cop movie: creatively bankrupt, innovative as a brick, and now only rarely entertaining. I'm inclined to stay my hatred for all things green and groaning on this one occasion, if only because the source material is still relatively pure. The Walking Dead: Assault is a squad-based strategy game, born from the same comic book series as AMC's monster hit TV show (but not the show itself). It's available for $2.99 in the Play Store now.
Assault started its unlife on iOS eight months ago, so it's yet another example of an untimely port.