The top-down dual stick shooter has been a staple of mobile gaming for years, but that doesn't mean it's all played out. JoyJoy from Radiangames has a neat look and customizable controls. Oh, and there are no in-app purchases, an increasingly rare attribute.
JoyJoy contains 24 waves of baddies, each with its own unique challenges. Your weapons are upgradeable, along with your ship. Though, "ship" might be a bit of an overstatement.
Kongregate has brought Tiny Dice Dungeon to Android, supplying us mobile gamers with another RPG filled with quests, battles, and loot. This particular game is set apart by its innovative turn-based combat system, which requires players to roll die to attack. The numbers rolled determine how much damage gets dealt. Rolling a double causes increased damage, while getting a one means the attack misses. The system works by combining strategy with good old-fashioned luck.
Essentially three years after the release of the first game, developer Distinctive Games is back with another title dedicated to kicking a rugby ball through a goal over, and over, and over again. The game has vastly improved graphics over the first entry, which came out just as mobile games were starting to close the gap with portable handhelds. Like some of the developer's other recent games, Rugby Kicks 2 was created using its Phoenix 3D engine.
Monument Valley has been available for iOS for little over a month, but it has already amassed around half a million downloads. What makes that figure even more impressive? This isn't a freemium game. No, people are buying and playing it at $3.99 a pop. Something about this strikingly beautiful puzzle adventure is attracting gamers in spades.
Flappy Bird clones are lame – we all know this. However, when a game is truly aware of how ridiculous cloning Flappy Bird is, the results can be pretty amusing. In FlapThulhu, you control the Ancient Ones, who are for some reason flying through a maze instead of demanding blood sacrifices.
With the 2014 World Cup just around the corner, now's a good time to capitalize on that excitement by releasing a soccer game. Building a franchise from scratch could do the trick, but if you have a popular title out in the wild, why not kick out a sequel? Sriker Soccer 2 has just hit the Play Store with more of the friendly gameplay that helped push the original to success.
In-app purchases are all the rage these days, and Amazon's take on the whole deal includes Coins – Amazon Coins. They're like a universal currency that can be used in many apps and games available in the Amazon ecosystem. Today more people get to know the joy of Amazon Coins – they're now available in France, Italy, and Spain.
We might not be able to get you a deal on Nvidia's new Portal and Half-Life 2 ports, but there is some other cool stuff on sale in the Android ecosystem today. So dry those tears and get ready to spend.
Trials is a series of motocross games that takes a liberal approach to sports and, incidentally, gravity. The latest full release, Trials Fusion, saw an iOS counterpart called Trials Frontier. This slightly more cartoony take on the long-running series features the same physics-based racing and orientation gameplay - imagine it as a single-lane, dialed-up version of Excitebike. The Android version was just released, but only in certain locations. We're not sure where, we just know that it isn't the US.