Considering the shortness of February and the general malaise that is the entertainment industry between January and March, it's impressive that Android received so many high-profile games during the month. And indeed we did: JRPG fans have no less than three new classics to check out, there's a new chapter of The Walking Dead for horror fans, and plenty of titles for more causal players to try. Below in no particular order, you'll find our picks for the seven best new Android games of February, plus a few honorable mentions.
Confession: I haven't touched The Walking Dead franchise since the end of season one of the TV show - there's only so much zombie stuff I can handle. But even so, I know that Michonne (pronounced "Miss-shown") is a fan-favorite badass in both the comic books and the show. TellTale Games, always eager to please with its growing collection of licensed episodic adventure games, is giving those fans what they want with a Michonne mini-series. Episode one is available right now in the Play Store.
Michonne is a kick-ass lady who strides through the undead landscape crushing zombie skulls beneath her feet.
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 unique radial puzzle game, a zombie-killing side-scroller, an interesting touch-based dungeon crawler, an old-school hack-and-slash platformer, and a Walking Dead tactical game. Without further ado:
Beneath The Lighthouse
In Beneath The Lighthouse, you guide a tiny sailor with a giant head through a series of radial puzzles.
Unveiled this morning at the E3 gaming convention in Los Angeles, The Walking Dead: Michonne will soon be the latest mini-series from Telltale Games.
Just in case the name doesn't give it away, this set of titles will center around Michonne, a character from the The Walking Dead comic book. The timeline stems from issues #126 through #139.
Anyone familiar with Telltale will know how the tale is told. These licensed adventure games tend to get broken up into series and episodes. Game of Thrones, for example, is four releases into a six-episode arc. Telltale plans to trace the plot of The Walking Dead: Michonne over the course of three episodes.
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.