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Unity game engine now supports Vulkan rendering on Android

Unity, if you're not familiar with game development, is a popular cross-platform game engine. Although Unity games can most often be found on PC and consoles, Android games utilizing the engine include Crossy Road, Monument Valley, Lara Croft: Relic Run, and more. Today Unity has announced the Vulkan Renderer Preview, finally allowing developers to use the Vulkan API with their games.

The Vulkan API (not to be confused with the Star Trek planet Vulcan) has been hyped to the moon and back in the gaming industry recently, and for good reason. Based on AMD's Mantle API, it is a new graphics API designed to be cross-platform (much like Unity) and have a low overhead.

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Versus Evil releases Banner Saga 2, looks as beautiful as the original

The Banner Saga, first released on Android just under two years ago, is a beautiful, beautiful game, with fantastic graphics and a great story. The company behind it, independent games developer Versus Evil, has just released the sequel, Banner Saga 2, onto the Play Store, and my word does it look good.

In case you've not played these wonderful games, The Banner Saga is a role-playing game set in a Norse world, with Vikings, myths, and legends abound. The sequel looks like a direct continuation of the original - a story can be carried on, or started from scratch; it's up to the player.

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Ubisoft acquires casual mobile game publisher Ketchapp

Even if you're a regular gamer, you might not know about Ketchapp. The publisher is only a couple of years old, and the games it posts to the Play Store and App Store are uniformly small, simple titles. But what it lacks in ambition it makes up for in volume: by my count there are no less than 75 Ketchapp games on the Play Store, an impressive accomplishment in a short amount of time. Ketchapp seems to have caught the eye of some industry heavy-hitters, because it's being acquired by Ubisoft, one of the biggest game publishers on the planet.

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[You're on Android, Harry] LEGO Harry Potter games now available for Android

Many years ago, my first game console was a Nintendo DS Lite. And one of the first games I got for it was LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga. It still remains one of my favorite games of all time, mostly because of nostalgia to that red and black handheld, but also because the LEGO video games are incredibly fun and engaging (for all ages).

LEGO Harry Potter was originally released in 2010 for Windows, various game consoles, and iOS, followed by a Mac release a year later. Almost six years after it was released on that other mobile platform, Android users can finally enjoy the blocky wizard-themed fun.

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Find endless randomly generated loot in Looty Dungeon, from the publisher of Crossy Road

You've probably played Crossy Road at some point in the last few years. It's been successful to the point that it has created something of its own sub-genre in casual gaming. If you see a game with a title following the pattern of "verb-y noun," you probably know what you're getting into. The latest title in that category is Looty Dungeon. It's published by Yodo1 (like Crossy Road), and I'll give you one guess what it's about.

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33 new and notable Android games from the last 2 weeks (9/13/16 - 9/26/16)

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Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android games that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous 2 weeks or so.

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Looking for the previous roundup editions? Find them here.

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Sorcery! 4

Android Police coverage: Sorcery! 4: The Crown of Kings concludes the game-book series with numerous possible endings

The Sorcery series has become a favorite among fans of the game-book genre, and with good reason - its combination of unique design and solid storytelling is laudable.

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[Bonus Round] Don't Starve: Pocket Edition, Dog Sled Saga, Heist, The Virus: Cry for Help, and Put A Sock In It

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 have a long-awaited survival game, a unique management sim, a Chromecast multiplayer game, a text-based AR game, and a uniquely twisted adventure title. Without further ado:

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FIFA 17 companion app lands in the Play Store for Ultimate Team trading on the go

Remember when console sports games were just about, you know, sports? RBI Baseball back on the Genesis was basically just Street Fighter with nine guys on a side: pick a team, pick an opponent, and go. EA's latest soccer games have season modes, manager modes, career modes, and on and on and on. The FIFA Ultimate Team mode, a mix of franchise management and "fantasy" sports with full-length matches, is designed so that players can pit their team-building skills against online opponents all over the world. (Oh, and also spend a bunch of money on in-app purchases for a $60 game).

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Mafia III: Rivals coming to Android on October 7

Mafia III, the next entry in the popular Mafia video game series, is coming to Mac, Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on October 7th. Android, however, is missing from that list. A mobile spin-off, titled Mafia III: Rivals, is arriving on Android (and iOS) on the same date.

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[Deal Alert] The original Tomb Raider is down to 10 cents in some countries

If you've never played the original Tomb Raider, you really should. All jokes about Miss Croft's polygonal charms aside, it's a certified classic that was one of the first action games to get third-person shooting and platforming right way back in the PlayStation era. The Android port has been available for over a year for the very fair price of one dollar. But if that's too rich for your blood, the game is back on sale for just ten cents in a lot of countries. And for once, they don't include the US.

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