- 0.1 PAC-MAN DASH!
- 0.2 Pixel Defenders Puzzle
- 0.3 Ionage
- 0.4 1941: Axis & Allies
- 0.5 TITAN Escape the Tower
- 0.6 Bounty Arms
- 0.7 Deep Dungeons of Doom
- 0.8 9 Lives: Casey and Sphynx
- 0.9 MLB.com Home Run Derby
- 0.10 Darkmoor Manor
- 0.11 Hasta la Muerte
- 0.12 WarCom: Genesis
- 0.13 Song Rush
- 0.14 Robomber
- 0.15 Bus Simulator 3D
- 0.16 Jump Racer
- 0.17 Red Bull Kart Fighter 3
- 0.18 Monster Jam
- 0.19 Buttons and Scissors
- 0.20 Age of Pirates RPG Elite
- 0.21 Touch of Death
- 0.22 Hive
- 0.23 Ending
- 0.24 Galaxy on Fire 2™ HD
- 0.25 Battle Dragons
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Android Police coverage: [New Game] Namco Forgets What Pac-Man Is For, Puts Him In An Endless Runner Called Pac-Man DASH
Oh, Pac-Man, how the mighty have fallen. Once the undisputed master of the dingy arcade, now the circular face of Namco is reduced to pounding the pavement in yet another endless runner. But for all that, it's actually not a bad game - graphics are good and so is the music (though the electro-pop in the trailer is ear-splittingly intense) and the game includes multiple save slots for family-style tablet play. Before you ask, yes, you get to eat the occasional ghost.
Gobble up all the cookies and ghosts. PAC-MAN keeps busy running and eating in this action-filled game. Available free of charge. Touch the screen to jump and eat cookies and ghosts in this simple game. PAC-MAN and his friends, as well as ghosts and monsters all display a wide range of actions. Run through a variety of stages, from PAC-MAN's home in the big city, to the ghosts' world underground. As you progress through the stages, you will be able to jump really high off of jump platforms and feel the satisfaction of taking down monsters.
Pixel Defenders Puzzle
In both the tactical and RPG genres, novelty is something that's far too thin on the ground. Thankfully, Pixel Defenders Puzzle has some new ideas for both: your typical RPG party mixes up turn-based fighting with puzzle elements. There's not much in the way of story - it's all about the fighting here - but an endless made on top of the standard assault mode should keep gamers busy.
A unique game of strategic matching and RPG battling! Place, match and thwack your way through dozens of gorgeous retro-style levels, a variety of game-modes and special hand-crafted scenarios. Pixel Defenders Puzzle is an innovative hybrid of match-3-puzzler and RPG-battler. Match pixels to create Defenders and protect princesses, kings & queens from waves of fiendish enemies!
Ionage is an interesting proposal, a hardcore 2D mix of tower defense and tower offense. You'll need to meticulously manage your resources to expand your empire in a series of planets, recruiting specialized soldiers to enhance your army's abilities. Strategy fans should be well at home, though those who crave a little action may feel left out in the cold. In-app purchases are present in this free game, but the goods you receive are permanent.
Ionage is an Android exclusive, space real-time strategy game where you use giant floating space platforms to do battle in a steampunk themed story of galactic conquest! You are the leader of the Dakota - the last remaining tribe in the Sol System. After decades of fighting, the other tribes have all left the Earth, one by one, to seek out new riches among the stars. It now falls to you, as the new leader of the Dakota, to lead your tribe's fleet of nomadic space platforms out into the galaxy to achieve greatness!
1941: Axis & Allies
1941 is a copy of Axis & Allies, a notable take on the Risk-style warfare board game. It's getting decent Play Store reviews, thanks to good mechanics and high-res sprite graphics. Nine units across land, sea and air with five nations helps to keep things interesting, and the touch interface is well-suited to tablet gameplay. "Hot potato" local multiplayer is the best way to have fun, though you can play against the AI if you're solo.
1941: Axis & Allies is an Android strategy board game based on the conflicts of World War II between the Axis powers (Germany / Japan) and the Allies (Russia / UK / America). This legendary war is carried out over 57 land territories and 48 sea zones, and includes 9 different units like infantry, tanks, bombers and battleships. Conquer the enemy and claim victory by destroying their armies and capturing their capital cities! In digital form 1941: Axis & Allies supports 5 players over two teams, in local pass and play format combined with an advanced AI if desired.
TITAN Escape the Tower
If Breakout had a story and a 360-degree paddle, it would look a lot like Titan. You're a captured prisoner trying to get out of a multi-story dungeon with nothing but a cuboid tank and gigantic balls. The kind that roll, that is. Graphics are pretty good, and the gameplay is interesting - if this weren't an updated version of a late 80s title, you'd think it was amazingly novel. Puzzles, boss fights, and a choice of camera angles are included.
Will you escape from the Tower? The great block breaker* developed by Titus Interactive in 1988 is back with a brand-new HD version featuring superb 3D environments. Locked up in an 80-level tower by a mad scientist, use your brainpower to help you to escape. Armed with your pod (a cubic robot) and a metal ball, avoid the numerous traps and try to find the way out.
Android Police review: Bounty Arms Review: These Are Console-Quality Graphics, But There's Nothing Else To See Here
A beautiful tech demo and not much else, Bounty Arms shows off the power of your hardware (if you've got it) with an incredibly stylish side-scrolling action game. Unfortunately, reviewer Bertel King Jr. didn't find much to love in the game, aside from eye-popping graphics and lighting effects. Five dollars is a lot to pay for a title without fun gameplay - plunk that change on Crazy Taxi instead.
From the team that brought you iOS Editor's Choice BLADESLINGER comes BOUNTY ARMS, a beautiful, action-packed 3D adventure with simple, mobile-friendly controls. Play as Drake Mass, Goober, or Flux Helix and equip an array of loyal pets to complete quests, win bounties, and defeat epic bosses. As featured in TegraZone.
- Swat enemies to bits a FLY SWATTER
- Blast targets with CONFETTI or FLYING PIGS
- Morph into a monster with Drake's BERSERK MODE
Deep Dungeons of Doom
Deep Dungeons Of Doom is a tongue-in-check throwback to the days of soul-crushingly difficult side-scrollers. You've got your choice of a knight, mage, or ranger/thief, an assortment of weapons and equipment, and a big ol' dungeon to crawl around in. While I wish the art looked more like the hand-drawn characters in the Play Store (8-bit style has become a real crutch for mobile games) it looks like a solid bit of fun for fans of the genre.
This game is only for the brave. Dungeons await, each one deeper, each one more perilous and each one more challenging than the last. You will meet monsters and you will need skill and tactics to defeat them. You will find weird and wonderful treasures along the way. Most will help you, but some might not. You may choose to play as a Crusader, a Witch or a Mercenary – in fact each one might well be required if you are to successfully complete your quest – but knowing when to use each one is something you are going to have to figure out for yourself.
9 Lives: Casey and Sphynx
You've got to give this game credit for originality: most platformers don't encourage players to kill themselves, but this one uses it as a game mechanic. A cat and a janitor have to get through a museum, and the big guy can (and will) die multiple times to get through the levels. There's a bit of basic fighting, but the core of 9 Lives is exploration and puzzle-solving. Graphics aren't great, but should fare well even on low-end hardware.
What happens when a bumbling museum security guard and a sassy temple cat break a golden idol and fall under the curse of Bastet, the ancient Egyptian cat goddess? The unlikely team of Casey and Sphynx must solve the mysterious puzzles and restore the broken idol of Bastet before their nine lives run out! Based in a local museum showcasing the ancient Egyptian tomb of Bastet, you can play on your own or with a friend and navigate the misfit duo through a maze of action-packed puzzles where death is sometimes the only option.
MLB.com Home Run Derby
This is the officially official, completely licensed home run derby game - accept no substitutes. While licensed games from sports biggies like the MLB tend to be a bit underwhelming, this one looks pretty good: it's a very basic slug-fest, but it includes the likenesses of the real Home Run Derby contenders for the last four years. Too bad multiplayer is limited to leaderboards.
Major League Baseball and the MLBPA present MLB.com Home Run Derby®, the only official Home Run Derby game on the Google Play Store. Unparalleled graphics and sound bring you a high-impact baseball experience unlike any other on Android. Step up to the plate as any of the 32 sluggers from Home Run Derby 2013 and 2010-2012. Two dynamic gameplay modes! ARCADE MODE: Hit as many home runs as you can before time runs out. Multiply your score with targets and combo bonuses. DERBY MODE: Enter the authentic Home Run Derby tournament and see if you can survive against baseball’s top sluggers.
If there's one genre that's bloomed on mobile (instead of sprouted, stagnated, and rotted), it's old-school adventure games. Darkmoor Manor takes the spooky route, with a mix of puzzles and exploration. Graphics are pretty good, and veterans of the genre should appreciate the play mechanics, but those seeking twitchy action should look elsewhere. The full version of the game is a reasonable $2 and change.
As you slowly regain consciousness your eyes begin to focus on your surroundings. You find yourself alone in an unfamiliar room with no memory of how you came to be there. Moonlight streams through a small barred window illuminating the musty stale air. How long have you been here? Worn stone steps lead up to a wooden door, you grip the cold metal handle and turn but it’s locked from the other side - are you a prisoner? can you escape? Prepare to explore a mysterious manor house and the fog shrouded moors which encompass it.
Hasta la Muerte
Half Pac-Man, half Metal Gear Solid, with a hand-drawn art style inspired by La Dia De Los Muertos? What's not to love? While Hasta La Muerte doesn't make any claims to be innovative, it's certainly unique from a visual perspective, and a mix of platform fighting and maze navigation should hit the spot for some. The lost souls you herd towards the final curtain will grant you special power-ups, which you'll need to beat the nightmarish bosses.
Act as the death itself in this « art game » where everything was thought to offer players a unique game experience: sound effects, astonishing graphics, out of sorts world… Your mission: accompany the souls of those whom eternal rest hour has come and thus save them from damnation. A second of inattention and this is the disaster : those souls, damned and inconsolable, will chase you relentlessly to send you back in the Limbo… Accessible to everyone, this “survival-platformer” offers a “chase-be chased” punchy gameplay, in the manner of famous Pacman.
Android still lacks a solid base of console-style action shooters, and those that have been released need some crazy-powerful hardware to play them. WarCom is an over-the-shoulder shooter that won't kill your midrange hardware, and still manages to be pretty fun... though I wouldn't be surprised if there are some compatibility issues, since the cut-and-paste description mentions "Retina-ready for iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, and iPad 3!" (Bad form, Triniti.) Be on the lookout for some heavy in-app purchases as well.
Get ready to RUN and GUN! middle east TACTICAL COMBAT is HERE... The world’s resources are running out, plunging the planet into bloody chaos. From the ashes of the old order rise three mighty factions: the fundamentalist Fatwa, the enigmatic RAD, and the brash WarCorps. WarCorps has an elite covert action team used only for the most dangerous missions, and you’re its newest member. Welcome to the HellHawks.
We've seen games that let you play to your own music before. And we've seen endless runners before - a never-ending stream of endless runners, in fact. Now these two relatively okay tastes can taste mildly interesting together. The levels are generated by an algorithm that analyzes your local music files, and you'll need to employ a bit of finger acrobatics to get to the end of the track.
Ready!? Rush! SongRush is a musical arcade game that will allow you to play with your own music. Run, slide, jump and avoid all the obstacles. Beat your own music by pulling off perfect combos to win maximum points. Will you get to the end of your track? Try all the solo challenges and take on your friends in the weekly tournament. May the best rusher win!
This game is a shameless copy of Bomberman, and it doesn't care who knows it. But it does have at least one thing going for it: some pretty great online multiplayer, along with a seamless matchmaking system (it's pretty close to Pocket Fleet, one of my personal favorites). There's some heavy-handed pushing towards social sharing and a fair bit of advertising, but you can ignore all that and play as a guest for some quick matches with a handful of human opponents.
What’s more fun than blowing stuff up? Blowing stuff up together with your friends of course! Dive right into the action in one of Kibagames.com’s most popular games, Robomber. Meet your friends online anytime with this exclusive app and show them who’s boss. Collect mighty power-ups, create your own path and become king of the arena. And if you want to make it an even more engaging experience, you can register to rank up, unlock new characters, collect achievements and beat the best of the best.
Bus Simulator 3D
I can honestly day that after a lifetime of gaming, this is the first time I've seen "realistic bus physics" on a game description. I've driven big vehicles before - duallies, tractors, moving vans, even a train. It's kind of boring. But if you'd like to simulate the hours ands hours of tedious mediocrity that comes from being a licensed bus driver, have at it. Shine on, you crazy diamond.
Do you like driving big vehicles? Then you have to try this Bus Driving game! Smooth controls, realistic vehicle physics and challenging gameplay. Try to be the best Bus Driver on the planet with the online ranking features and achievements. Bus Simulator 3D is the first free bus game for Android! Bus parking is nothing, try out the bus simulator! The best between the Bus Games!
If you ever shot your Hot Wheels off the highest counter you could find without heed for their tiny axles, this game might be for you. It's not a racing game in the traditional sense, instead mixing in mobile-friendly drag racer controls, but the addition of verticality in huge amounts should give players a new perspective. Online racing is included, but be on the lookout for some pay-to-win IAP tactics.
Get ready for the ultimate drag race. Huge jumps, awesome cars and crazy race tracks. Choose your dream car, select your racing upgrades and tear through city streets, deserts and deadly canyons. Have you got what it takes to jump your way to victory? RACE ONLINE WITH MULTIPLAYER - race other players from around the world and work your way up the rankings.
Red Bull Kart Fighter 3
This is apparently the third "kart" racing game licensed from energy soda Red Bull, and apparently none of them gives you wings. No, in this top-down racer you stay firmly on the ground, aside from the occasional isometric jump. A unique upgrade system uses cards for boosted parts, but be wary: there's quite a bit of IAP shoved in there as well.
The #1 kart racer returns better than ever. Race amazing new locations with even-crazier karts, make huge jumps, pull off tricks and drift with the best of them. "The Mechanic" will guide you through your career, set your Objectives and give your kart a boost with his incredible Wild Cards. Try out all-new game modes, challenge your friends and rise up the leaderboards to grab ultimate glory in “Red Bull Kart Fighter 3 - Unbeaten Tracks”.
If Pacific Rim has got you all hot and bothered for some giant monster fights.... well, this game probably isn't the solution, but it's cute nonetheless. Another one of those 24-hour projects, Monster Jam is a turn-based fighting game that boils down to a more complicated version of Rock, Paper, Scissors. You can beat down the computer or duke it out in local multiplayer.
Behold Studios took almost 24 hours, a lot of pizzas, chocolate milk and sodas to create this simple but very fun game. Is a local multiplayer or a single player against AI fight, with dense strategy and simple tasks. In each turn, both players choose an action – Attack, Load, Heal or Guard – and both actions happens at the same time. Lose the player who first gets to zero points of health.
Buttons and Scissors
Your mom's sewing circle will love this: a home crafts take on the old Connect Four idea. Why is this game using (and I quote) "realistic buttons and scissors" as game elements? I have no idea. In any case, cut two or more buttons in any direction, and try to clear the board, a bit like those peg and board games you see in country cafes. It's free, with over a thousand levels, or so says the description.
Cut off the sewing buttons in the logic game Buttons and Scissors. To cut off the buttons, select two or more buttons of the same color. You can select buttons only on the same horizontal, vertical or diagonal line. Cut off all the buttons from the scrap of denim to complete the level. Try to complete each level in the shortest time possible to get a better score. You cannot cut off a single button, so plan your strategy in advance. Buttons and Scissors is a fun way to improve your logical thinking and train your brain.
Age of Pirates RPG Elite
Man, I really miss Space Trader, and all other "pirate math" games from when graphics were terrible. Age of Pirates tries to recreate those games (including at least mildly terrible graphics) with an old-school, open-ended RPG that forces you to manage both your crew and your finances. You'll need to be a savvy merchant or a decent buccaneer to bring in the coin. Age of Pirates is offered in the paid version below and as a free demo.
Sail your ship on the great seas of Laanbrakar during the age of sail, raiding, plundering and trading in search of riches, fame or infamy. Your fate is in your own hands, will you turn your broadsides against the enemy in the wars of the nations, pirate and maurade for your own gain, or haul great loads of cargo across the dangerous seas to turn a profit as a merchant. Sharpen your blade, bury your treasure, there is adventure abound matey!
Touch of Death
Sometimes we include a game in a roundup because the art style is fresh, or the gameplay is unique, or the idea is original. And sometimes we include it because the trailer makes us giggle. Guess which category this one falls into. It's a bog-standard Infinity Blade-style fighter with a bit of Fruit Ninja thrown in, and the 2D graphics look like something you'd find in a middle school kid's notebook. But if you're in to gesture-based fighting (and cheesy Star Trek references) it might be worth a look.
To avenge your mentor's death you have to defeat the countless minions of the killer. Use precise timing and deadly gestures to burst the hearts of your foes in this frantic yet simple action game. Your friend and mentor is dying in your arms! Dastardly attacked and left to die. Tradition commands that you avenge this senseless death. It's a story as old as time and so you set out to face the many members of the killer's clan. Luckily you have mastered the secret Touch of Death: Dim Mak, the five-touch-heart-explosion-technique.
Hive is a much-loved card/board game, now given digital life on the Google Play Store. Graphics and implementation are a little basic, but if you're a fan of the insect-themed game, it should provide a bit of fun. Online multiplayer is included in addition to single-device turn-based play, but you'll need to fork over an in-app purchase to play the full version. Luckily, it's just the single charge.
Hive™ is a board game with a difference. There is no board! The pieces are added to the playing area thus creating the board. As more and more pieces are added the game becomes a fight to see who can be the first to capture the opposing Queen Bee. The soldier ants battle to keep control of the outside of the hive, whilst the Beetles climb up to dominate the top. Spiders moving into holding positions as the Grass Hoppers jump in for the kill. Keeping one eye on the hive and the other on your opponents reserves, the tension builds as one wrong move will see your Queen Bee quickly engulfed; .... game over!
Fans of the roguelike genre (permanent player death, moving in turns, randomized stages) tend to enjoy a level of challenge that would frustrate the hell out of lesser gamers. Don't expect much help from a tutorial, either. If you like your games twitchy, baffling, and monochromatic, like a goth Tupperware party, give Ending a start.
Ending is a single player turn based puzzle game about movement and death. Recommended for people who like board games, chess and roguelikes.
Galaxy on Fire 2™ HD
Galaxy on Fire 2, a popular space shooter for the Tegra crowd, has dropped its NVIDIA exclusivity and is available for everyone. Prepare for a huge 1GB download and a pricey in-app purchase to access the full game and additional content.
Galaxy on Fire 2™ HD is the fully optimized Google Play version of Fishlabs’ multi-award-winning space combat and trading simulation. With cutting-edge 3D graphics, an unprecedented depth of gameplay and 10+MM installs over all kinds of mobile platforms, the title is rightfully considered a benchmark of sci-fi gaming on smartphones and tablets by fans and media alike.
Android Police coverage: Spacetime Games Ends 'Battle Dragons' Limited Beta Testing, Opens Up Game To Everyone
We featured this dragon-themed tower defense game on the last roundup, but now it's out of beta and available to players worldwide. Get after it.
Here’s what you do in this game – pretty simple, actually. You command your army of Dragons as they raze and plunder valuable resources from other players. You use those resources to grow more powerful. You Battle. You Build. You reign supreme. We think it’s pretty fun and it don’t cost nuthin’. We had fun making it and hope you have fun playing it. Why not try it? C’mon tap that install button up there.
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