We saw a pre-rendered trailer for Rovio's latest licensed game last month, though it wasn't much more than a trailer for the Dreamworks movie it's based on. Today you can download The Croods in Google Play for free, and it's a surprising departure from both Rovio's physics-based comfort zone and the source material. Based on the brief description and trailer, the game straddles the line between a Monster Rancher creature feature and the familiar Sim City/Farmville genre.
While there's no denying that Square Enix's Chaos Rings series is a decidedly un-revolutionary take on traditional JRPG's (Japanese RPG), that's like saying an Audi R8 is a decidedly un-revolutionary take on the supercar - it's still fantastic regardless. The Chaos Rings series is one of Square Enix's lesser-known franchises, but is without a doubt the company's most serious investment in mobile gaming at the moment. I've always thought of it as a test-bed for the first true "made for smartphone" Final Fantasy game (which still doesn't exist at this point).
Most of you will be familiar with Real Boxing after following the coverage on NVIDIA's Project Shield, in which the iOS pilgrim was heavily featured. While you'll have to wait a few more months to get a hold of NVIDIA's gaming hardware, the boxing game is available today on Google Play. $4.99 will get you what's easily one of the most graphically intensive titles on Android, though you'll need to be rocking a Tegra-powered device to see them.
If you were to look through the back catalog of console games circa 2009, you might be surprised to find a game called Mini Ninjas getting a disproportionate amount of press. It was a fun little title that mixed kid-friendly themes and Japanese mythology with solid stealth and combat gameplay. If you're hoping for a return to sneaking around Edo castles and facing off against gigantic bosses, too bad, because publisher Square has re-used the name and assets for an otherwise unremarkable endless runner game.
What's better than getting a bargain on cool Android games? Contributing to charity in the process, obviously. The Android Humble Bundle is currently in its fifth incarnation, and invites gamers to choose their own price to support developers and charities like Child's Play and the EFF. The current deal already includes six DRM-free titles, but the good folks behind the Humble Bundle have brought back three games from Humble Bundle 4 for a total of 9 games.
Are your nightmares set on a thin path bordered by trees? Do your thumbs reflexively swipe left or right before turning down a hallway? Do you fear flying monkeys? If you've answered 'yes' to any those questions, you might have Temple Run Syndrome. If your symptoms are not too severe, try out Catcha Catcha Aliens! for something a little different.
Players are set loose to help fend off otherworldly creatures that are causing distress for the locals.
Do you like killing zombies? Do you like driving cars equipped with various weapons, armor, and ramming tools a la Mad Max? Then you may already have heard of Earn To Die - a popular iOS and web Flash game that lets you satisfy both of your urges in one fell zombiecarpocalypse.
Earn To Die's premise is simple: kill zombies, and do so with your roided-out killing machine of a automobile.
I may not be world's biggest fan of runner games, but Jones On Fire is one even I couldn't ignore. The premise is simple: you're a rectangular prism-shaped fireman, saving rectangular prism-shaped cats, in a very rectangular world, from some very rectangular fire and various other rectangular obstacles.
That's not just any rabbit with a samurai sword on your Android device. That's Usagi Yojimbo from the classic comic book series created by Stan Sakai and currently published by Dark Horse Comics. Now you can finally step into Usagi Yojimbo's sandals and fight your way through 13 levels of comic book-style action.
Way of the Ronin is a 2D side-scrolling beat-'em-up infused with the unique style of the Usagi Yojimbo comics.
Samsung has been babbling about its Unicorn Apocalypse game for a while now. Turns out that it's not only a real thing, but it's actually in the Play Store. It also appears to be pretty crappy judging by the two-star rating. Ouch.
If you're not familiar with Unicorn Apocalypse, then you must've missed Samsung's campaign with famed director Tim Burton where the company teased it. Watch the videos above to get up to speed.