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 intentionally farcical football game, a strangely addictive ninja slasher, and a game about a moose that lives in the jungle.
What are some of the most common elements of modern-day 2D platformers? Let's list them out in no particular order: 8-bit visuals, making the game brutally difficult, drawing everything as a silhouette... Electronic Super Joy: Groove City has all of these elements, along with an electronic soundtrack that you will absolutely want to plug in earphones for. The game, which debuted on Steam earlier this summer, may have a few familiar chords and overused lyrics, but it's a welcome addition to the Play Store, where it now resides priced at $4.99.
I must confess, I've never seen the appeal of Twitch: why watch other people play video games when you can play them yourself, on the thing you're using to watch them? But enough other people seem to enjoy it that Amazon gobbled up the livestreaming service, and now something very similar has come to Android. Shou.TV is a beta app and service that basically does exactly what Twitch does, but on your phone instead.
Imagine if someone remade the Snake game that you remember from your bomb-proof black and white Nokia phone into a puzzle title. It would look something like RGB Express, a low-key game about getting the right package to the right place. Draw out the path of your little truck, make sure it picks up at least one package and drops it off, and don't cross the trail it makes as it goes by.
The Dragon Quest series may be larger in Japan than overseas, but it has accumulated no shortage of fans and acclaim over the years. Square Enix has ported several entries to Android, with RPG forebearers like Dragon Quest I & II sitting on the company's Google Play listing alongside the likes of IV and VIII. Dragon Quest III is the latest game in the franchise to grace our mobile platform.
Dragon Quest III launched in Japan in the late 80s, came to the US as Dragon Warrior III in the early 90s, and introduced many gameplay elements that have since entrenched themselves in the genre, such as its class system and open structure.
SNK's The King of Fighters series has been around since 1994, making this year the franchise's 20th anniversary. To mark the occasion, the company has re-released a copy of The King of Fighters 2012-A into the Play Store for free. For now, it sits alongside the paid version, released over a year ago, which still goes for $2.99.
This is an identical copy of the previous release, with both versions sporting the same screenshots on their Google Play pages and a matching file size of 1.1GB.
One of the cooler features of NVIDIA's SHIELD and SHIELD Tablet is their capability to remotely play PC games. And one of the more frustrating parts of this feature is that you must have both NIVIDIA's mobile hardware and a high-end NVIDIA graphics card on your gaming PC. A new game streaming app hopes to beat NVIDIA on both of those points. KinoConsole is a free download in the Play Store, and you can grab the server program for your desktop here.
If you're a fan of strategy games, you had a very good month in November. In addition to soft strategy like Kingdom Rush: Origins and Godus, you've got new entries in the XCOM and Civilization series, not to mention the very impressive newcomer The Banner Saga. There are also some respectable entries in what you might call the casual genre (if you weren't busy swearing at some of the higher levels in The Blocks Cometh), and we've added a few honorable mentions as well.
I think almost every human being in the developed world has, at some point, played the original Peggle games. Those games offered satisfying pachinko-style casual gameplay on numerous platforms, but the new Peggle Blast is different in a few ways. It's the first Peggle game designed primarily for mobile devices, but it's also crawling with EA's customary in-app purchases.