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 interesting take on Advance Wars, an atmospheric puzzle game, and a Humble Bundle pilgrim. Without further ado:


Mecho Wars

If Nintendo decided to make Advance Wars for Android and put Tim Burton in the director's chair, it might look a lot like Mecho Wars. Old-school turn-based strategy is mixed in with some outlandish character and environment design to make a game that's quite unlike anything available on the platform at the moment. It's also another game that relies on an old-fashioned play style but uses high-resolution sprites instead of "8-bit" visuals. Bravo. Single player and multiplayer is included.


Mecho Wars is a turn-based strategy game set in a fantastic world created by Luc Bernard. Two factions are at war: the Winged Crusade and the Landians. Take control of either side in story-driven campaigns across multiple episodes. Or, take the fight online and face-off against other players!

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The app was not found in the store. :-(


Not to be confused with developer Kairosoft, Kairo is a freeform adventure game that's heavy on atmosphere and light on story, dialogue, combat, and just about everything else. You explore a strange world solving minimalistic puzzles as you travel around a series of abandoned megalithic buildings. Kairo is definitely not for everyone, but if you spend hours searching for new indie adventures on XBLA, it might be right up your dark alley.


Enter the lost world of Kairo. Explore vast abandoned monuments. Bring strange and ancient machinery back to life. Slowly uncover the true purpose of Kairo and fulfill a great destiny. Kairo is an atmospheric 3D exploration and puzzle solving game. Developed by Richard Perrin the creator of the white chamber with music by Wounds (Bartosz Szturgiewicz).

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Price: $0.99


Pulse is yet another game that's finally come to the Play Store after a debut in the Humble Bundle. It's also another zen puzzle game, wherein you tap a single circle and let the expanding ripple burst others in combination. Timing and strategy are necessary to get the best score. It helps if you've got a sense of rhythm - the circles generally correspond to the notes in the background music.


Enter an absorbing world where players become part conductor, part note-captor, part multi-touch master. Tap speeding notes as they cross the radiant pulse to conduct gorgeous original melodies.

  • Nearly an hour of original music plus free updates with brand new levels and music!
  • Gameplay featuring an intuitive and original use of multi-touch!
  • Sleek, engaging design created specifically for touchscreens!
  • Easy to play, hard to master!
  • Whimsical particles in awe-inspiring palettes!
  • Eclectic soundtrack of varying genres!

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Price: $2.99

Be sure to check out our gaming coverage from earlier this week:

P.S. Allow me to do a little editorializing here. I had hoped that we as Android gamers had gotten over this, but I'll say it clearly and emphatically: if you like these games, buy them. One of our previous bonus round contestants, Gentlemen, has been pirated more than 50,000 times after selling less than 200 copies on Android. And some of our commenters wonder why game developers aren't all that keen on Android as a platform. The magic of digital distribution does not make piracy OK, so don't give me that cock and bull about the developers not losing a sale because you wouldn't have bought it anyway.

Come on, people, it's not as if these games are even that expensive. You're not sticking it to some faceless corporate entity when you pirate, you are quite literally stealing money from someone who's earned it. Cut that crap out.