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Club Penguin

Android Police coverage: Disney's Club Penguin Kids Portal Gets An Official Android App

Club Penguin is a sort of preteen version of Second Life, wherein all the player-characters are penguins for some reason. This 2D "MMO" includes some basic minigames and a lot of customization, but most of the allegedly cool stuff is locked behind a monthly subscription. This $8 recurring fee is available as an in-app purchase (those who've already paid for the premium web version get in free), so make sure to lock down that tablet if you don't want your kids to sign up for it.

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Club Penguin is a massive multiplayer community like no other. From ninja battles to fashion shows, in Disney’s #1 virtual world, there’s freedom to be anything and do everything. Explore the island, join the latest party, meet and chat with friends, play games, adopt and care for pet puffles, visit and Like friends' igloos, and more. And with a commitment to online safety, Club Penguin means fun for kids and peace of mind for parents.

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

Volt

Recently a certain indie game received a lot of attention for letting you play as a piece of bread. But Volt's inanimate player character, a battery, makes a lot more sense - its limited electrical powers can be used to propel it around the 2D environment with a series of zapping, swinging platforming elements and physics puzzles. The fact that the game looks great and has no in-app purchases doesn't hurt.

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You were on the way to a recycling process when fortunately for you - and unfortunately for the environment - you accidentally ran off. Now your goal is to escape from the facility, which is an extremely difficult task due to the fact that you are a battery without legs. Equipped with a limited number of electric beams, you can connect to walls, move or destroy objects, turn switches, and charge generators. You also have the ability to jump or push off the walls - the rest is up to physics and gravity.


Volt
Volt
Developer: Quantized Bit
Price: $1.99

Taekwondo Game

One-on-one fighting games are pretty rare on mobile platforms, and realistic fighting games are rare, period. The humbly-titled Taekwondo Game might not be perfectly realistic in all aspects, but with only a few basic moves and no over-the-top attacks or costumes, it's a surprisingly restrained take on the fighter genre. Even the rules are based on Olympic competitions - not that I'd know if it's real or not. The full game is unlocked with a $1 in-app purchase, including cross-platform fighting on local Wi-Fi and online.

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The Taekwondo Game – Global Tournament is the first ever mobile taekwondo game. Challenge your friends in cross platform multiplayer over local wifi, or make your way to the top on your own in the Global Tournament. With movements based on motion-captured professional taekwondo players, the game stays true to the fighting style. Even the sound effects have been recorded in a real taekwondo dojang. The tournament, set in three stunning environments – Korea, Mexico and Iran - follows the Olympic rules.

Taekwondo Game
Taekwondo Game
Price: Free+

Pumped BMX 2

This game uses a 2D racing setup that will be familiar to Trials players, but the focus is on tricks, not time. In that sense it's more like a mobile-friendly Pro Skater, and may I say, one that isn't diminished by a kid-friendly presentation. 3D graphics and 2D environments show appealing design and restraint, even while the stages themselves get more and more crazy and challenging. Pumped BMX 2 has support for Google Play Game Services, and it's a very reasonable $3 with no in-app purchases.

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Ride your way through increasingly challenging levels while pulling off crazy trick combinations. 16 authentic BMX tricks can be combined with flips, spins, grinds and manuals for almost unlimited creativity. Includes a totally redesigned tutorial system so in just a few minutes anyone can be shredding like a pro. Throw down your best moves to beat all 500 challenges or kick back and chill. It's up to you.

Pumped BMX 2
Pumped BMX 2
Price: $1.99

Checkpoint Champion

Checkpoint Champion is clearly going for a dirt rally/drifting feel, but it actually reminds me more of barrel racing. (For you city folk: that's with horses.) The goal is to spin around the dusty landscape grabbing markers and speed boosts for as long as you can, with each stage representing only a bite-sized challenge. The game is free, with small and reasonable in-app purchases for cars, not currency.

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Put your driving skills to the ultimate test in a series of fiendish 10-second challenges. You'll need technique and tenacity as you hit and weave through checkpoints on road, dirt, water, grass and mud. Choose between grip and speed as you drift between obstacles, spin around hairpin turns and turbo your way to victory. The challenges may be small, but only the most dedicated drivers will triumph.

Checkpoint Champion
Checkpoint Champion
Developer: Protostar
Price: Free+

Cubic Castles

Cubic Castles is about halfway between Minecraft and Little Big Planet. If that doesn't make any sense to you, then it's a collaborative online game where players make simple (or indeed, complex) platforming structures to play around with. It's got the 3D movement and resource gathering of Minecraft with the adorable, customizable avatars and third-person perspective of Little Big Planet. The game has in-app purchases, but without the competitive atmosphere of a player-versus-player setup, they shouldn't spoil things.

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Build awesome 3D platform worlds with your friends. Cubic Castles is an online game where you build worlds from cubes and other items. What kind of worlds? Anything you want. Role playing, 3D-platform gaming, or other challenges. What you make is up to you. Want to make a punishing parkour with slippery ice and deadly spikes? No problem. Or maybe a simple house on a hill overlooking a lake? That's easy too.

Platform Panic

Platform Panic is an odd mix of an endless runner and a "micro-platformer" a la Wario Ware. The swipe controls only allow moving left or right and jumping, but your character never stops, much like an endless runner. But unlike those games, each stage is static, and your "score" is advanced by moving through every room. It has that "one more try" quality of Flappy Bird without the ridiculous difficulty, though it's still pretty tough. Platform Panic is free with a $1.55 in-app purchase to remove ads.

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Platform game heroes through the ages have been abducted. Pit them against each other in order to settle, once and for all, which one is the best.

• Can you unlock them all and become king of the leaderboard?
• Endlessly addictive, procedurally generated retro platformer.
• Swipe left, right & up is all you need to move around
• Pumping chiptune music by Eirik Suhrke, composer for Ridiculous Fishing and Super Crate Box.
• Cutting edge retro pixel graphics.

Platform Panic
Platform Panic
Developer: Nitrome
Price: Free+

UFHO2

Throw a bunch of circular turnstiles on a Chinese Checkers board, and you might get something that looks like UFHO2. You guide a jelly alien around a spinning hexadecimal board, trying to get a glowing sphere before his (her? its?) opponents can. A single-player story mode and local turn-based multiplayer for up to four players is included, and a future update promises to include online multiplayer mode. $3 with no in-app purchases.

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In UFHO2, you play a jelly alien trying to get as many gems as possible while moving about in a maze-like UFO. Play turn-based matches against smart opponents, and use your brain to outwit them and get the upper hand. UFHO2 is strategy at its finest, packed in a competitive board game tailored from the ground-up for the touch screen. In this sequel, things get bigger and better in every way, with new stages, more board layouts, all new characters, new game modes, and more powerups, leaderboards and achievements.

UFHO2 - Space Strategy Game
UFHO2 - Space Strategy Game

Dumb Ways to Die 2: The Games

The "heroes" from the catchy and adorably violent Dumb Ways To Die public service announcement are back in an Olympic-style sequel. The structure of this sequel is essentially the same as the original: guide these brave little guys through horrifically inadvisable minigames, then laugh at your inevitable failure and their grisly deaths. Various small IAP options let you buy more coins, add a non-violent kid's mode, or remove advertising. Don't forget to stay away from the train tracks, dummy.

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There’s a whole new set of dumb characters that have gathered to take part in a newer, bigger game. Guide these characters through 28 action packed mini-games and try to stay alive long enough to get the highest score and unlock all your favourite characters.Download the FREE game now and become the dumbest of the dumb. And remember, be safe around trains. A message from Metro.

Dumb Ways to Die 2: The Games
Dumb Ways to Die 2: The Games

Crossy Road

Why did the chicken cross the road? Probably because it couldn't find its way to the Play Store. Yup, Crossy Road is only available on Amazon at the moment, though it's been available on iOS for some time. It's essentially another take on the old Frogger idea with Minecraft-style graphics, though I don't deny that watching the blocky characters smash into a million pixels isn't entertaining. Let's hope it comes to the Play Store soon.

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Why did the Chicken cross the road? Why did the Pigeon leave THAT there? Why did Specimen 115 abduct that cow? Why did Unihorse eat all that candy? Crossy Road™ is the endless arcade hopper you’ll never want to put down.

  • Endless freeways, railroads and rivers to hop over.
  • Collect custom made characters including bunnies, cats, monsters and mythical creatures.
  • Free to play. Light on your wallet.
  • Retro/Modern voxel artwork by Ben Weatherall.

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Crossy Road - Amazon Appstore

Secret Files Tunguska

This is another one of those older point-and-click adventure games that's found new life on mobile platforms. This $5 package includes the entire Windows game, following the adventures of a couple of sleuths trying to unravel the mystery around the Tunguska catastrophe. Adventure fans rave about the original, so if you missed it the first time around, here's your chance.

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When Vladimir Kalenkow, a high-ranking scientist looking into the unexplained Tunguska catastrophe from 1908, goes missing, his daughter Nina and his assistant Max are drawn into a conspiracy of epic proportions. Chased across the globe by the Russian intelligence apparatus and a zealous secret society, the two adventurers solve mysteries in Germany, Russia, Cuba, China and even Antarctica. But the more light they shed on the truth, the more they put themselves in danger.

 

Adrenaline Rush - Miami Drive

This racer mixes the getaway mechanics from countless "cops and robbers" driving titles with the over-the-top elements of kart racers, then overlays it with a groovy 1970s art style. (That is, the art looks like it's from the 70s, not the game itself - it's in full 3D.) Unlike some other "casual" driving games along the same lines, Adrenaline Rush has you collecting coins with direct controls, no lane barriers. Free with in-app purchases for power-ups or coins.

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Fire up your engine, hit the road to Miami and get addicted to adrenaline. Forget about speed limits and traffic rules 'cause on this road you are boss. So rush in and climb your way up to the top of the Leaderboard. Challenge your friends to compete with you. Choose from a variety of cars, each equipped with special features. Fast action and a variety of missions give you a real adrenaline rush. Upgrade and boost systems that allow you to wreak even more havoc in your path.

Adrenaline Rush - Miami Drive
Adrenaline Rush - Miami Drive
Developer: BulkyPix
Price: Free+

Snowboard Party

Snowboard Party is SSX. No, really, that's exactly what it is: every element from the tricks to the track design to the music choices is basically lifted right out of everyone's favorite PS2-era snowboard game. Of course, if you're going to steal, you might as well steal from the best. The slow experience-based progression and multiplayer face-offs bring to mind the best parts of Tricky. It's just a shame that the game is paid and includes pricey IAP for experience boosters.

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Snowboard Party brings the thrill of snowboarding to your mobile device. Get ready to ride down the slopes at extreme speed and catch some big air to perform the craziest tricks in 15 completely unique adrenaline-filled locations. Jump on your board, learn new moves and improve your snowboarding skills to land sick combos and rack high scores. Play with your friends using the new online multiplayer mode or challenge riders from all over the world using the online leaderboards.

Snowboard Party Pro
Snowboard Party Pro
Developer: Maple Media LLC.
Price: $3.99+

Jump

Jump is a minimalist platforming game that appears to star the Bouncing Ball from the old Disney sing-along VHS tapes. Controls are more like a puzzle game than a platformer - you can only move forward one space at a time - but good timing will be needed to advance past the various hazards.

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Do you enjoy puzzle games? Do you want to try a different kind of logic game with great graphics and one of a kind gameplay? Then you are definitely in the right place. Jump is a title that will provide you with a fun puzzle experience as you drive your way through a large world trying to grab all the keys in order to reveal the exit.

Jump
Jump
Developer: Ketchapp
Price: Free+

Nubs' Adventure - Early Access

Nubs' Adventure is a basic and stylish platformer that's being published as an early-access title. There's a basic story (I guess the little white guys are robots or something?) and a little combat, but the respectable pixel art is probably the biggest draw. It's free with no in-app purchases right now, but given its unfinished state, don't expect it to stick around forever.

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Nubs' Adventure is an exploratory platformer in which you help Nubs rebuild his house after it was destroyed by the evil Reds. But Nubs is not alone. With him on his journey are his friends: the tiny wisp Ally and a huge worm named Brute. Early Access - Try out the game for free and tell me what you think in the comments. :) This game is not complete yet and may contain bugs and/or not run well.

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

Patrick Kane's Arcade Hockey

Being a football guy raised in the South, I know almost nothing about hockey. I assume this Patrick Kane fellow is a legendary sports game developer. That being the case, Arcade Hockey looks like a competent little game in the tradition of the Backyard series. Though the characters look like chilly bobbleheads, the game includes licensed teams and players. It's a free download with a single $2 in-app purchase to open everything up.

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Rule the rink in this season’s must-have arcade hockey hustle featuring Team USA and Chicago Blackhawks’ superstar Patrick Kane. Ditch the rules and rip a slapshot past the goalie in this fun-filled 3 on 3 puckfest with exaggerated 3D visuals, 18 national teams and classic arcade gameplay from boosts to slow-mos. Earn your coveted KANE cards to unlock extra game modes, over 40 city teams and the chance to play as the scoring king himself – Patrick Kane.

Transformers: RobotsInDisguise

This game is based on the animated kids series instead of the Transformers movies. I'm not familiar with the show, but it can't be worse than Michael Bay, right? This game has some basic combat and customization, and it teases a Skylanders/Disney Infinity-style toy interactivity. It might try to upsell your kids on plastic toys (which is nothing new), but at least it won't tempt them with in-app purchases.

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The Insecticons are everywhere and we need your help to defeat them. Take control of your favourite Transformers, collect energon, and unlock power modules to gear up and defeat the Insecticons. TAG TEAM GAMEPLAY:Bumblebee can’t take them all on by himself. Select a teammate to take into battle with you. When Bee gets tired his parner can take over and finish what he started. Discover lots and lots of new Autobots and Decepticons characters to unlock along the way from

Transformers: RobotsInDisguise
Transformers: RobotsInDisguise

MISSING: INTERACTIVE THRILLER

The makers of Missing would really love you to believe that this live-action game represents something amazing and new. It doesn't. These sort of games were briefly popular on LaserDisc, and again using full-motion video on the PC, in the late 80s and early 90s. That said, it looks like an interesting little adventure game, even if it is low-budget. If you're nostalgic for the glory days of Sierra titles, give it a try.

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MISSING: An Interactive Thriller, offers a unique entertainment experience by bringing video game and crime television together. In this first episode, featuring Roy Dupuis, Patrick Hivon and Serge Houde, you will use wit and strategy to help the characters progress in the story. In this 45 minutes 100% live-action game, you will:

  • solve puzzles,
  • find hidden objects,
  • use reflexes in action scenes,
  • elude capture,
  • and much more.

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

Corto Maltese

BulkyPix's Corto Maltese is a standard adventure title, meaning it's more of an interactive story than a conventional video game. The description says it's based on an existing comic book franchise, but I have to admit ignorance on the books themselves. The game is expensive and the early reviews are poor.

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Let's set off in the footsteps of Corto Maltese. Along Venice's canals and narrow alleys, fight against a poison that ravages you, avoid bullets and explosions, face the unknown, and eventually open the doors of knowledge.This video game unravels a thrilling quest based on a point and click riddle-driven gameplay within the world of Corto Maltese, the main character created by Hugo Pratt, the genius of graphic novels (more than 5 Million hardcopies sold worldwide).

Corto Maltese
Corto Maltese
Developer: BulkyPix
Price: $6.16

Bejeweled

This is Bejeweled. Perhaps you've heard of it. Why EA felt the need to publish a new version of the ubiquitous game, I couldn't guess, but here it is. The new edition includes in-app purchases, of course, but at the moment they top out at $3.

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Discover all-new ways to play the world’s #1 puzzle game – for free. You’ll find your perfect match with 6 breathtaking modes, from the cascades of fun in Classic to the fast-paced, time-based Diamond Mine. Create electrifying special gems like Flame gems, Star gems, Hypercubes and Supernova gems, collect flashy Bejeweled badges and achievements and soar to dazzling heights in the leaderboards. All while enjoying fantastic display graphics.

Bejeweled Classic
Bejeweled Classic
Developer: ELECTRONIC ARTS
Price: Free+

MMX Racing

Imagine those super-simple drag racing games that were popular a couple of years ago with gigantic phallic-replacement monster trucks instead of rice burners, and you've got MMX Racing. While the gameplay is simple, the graphics are impressive, and both the trucks themselves (and cars and vans and more) and at least some of the decals are officially licensed. As with all free-to-play games that focus on multiplayer, be prepared for the IAP system to lean heavily in favor of those who spend real money.

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THIS IS IT. Your chance to create a fire-breathing Monster Truck and race it head-to-head over spectacular jump filled courses. Experience benchmark graphics, physics and adrenaline-filled excitement in MMX Racing, the must-have racing title of 2014. SCREEN-BUSTING TRUCKS If we made the trucks any bigger, they wouldn’t fit in. NERVE-SHREDDING RACES Blank out your opponent, nail your start and focus on the finish line. It’s going to be tight.

 

MMX Racing
MMX Racing
Developer: Hutch Games
Price: Free+

Ultimate Robot Fighting

Does Rock-Em Sock-Em Robots leave you feeling unfulfilled? Does Battlebots leave you cold? Then Ultimate Robot Fighting probably will too, you soulless party-pooper. This 2D fighter stars steel combatants, but it's hard to hide the fact that the winner in this free-to-play online brawler will usually be the one who's spent the most time and/or in-game money on upgrades.

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Embark on the ultimate action journey of Robot fighting as you build an epic roster of powerful, battle hungry and larger than life robots. Enter the arena of touch based 3v3 combat with ULTIMATE ROBOT FIGHTING a free-to-play card collectible game.
Build an awesome team of sentient robots, unleash unique and devastating moves, upgrade and level up your mean machines and reign supreme as a god of steel in the battle arenas.

Chair In A Room

If you've got one of Google's thrifty Cardboard VR headsets, and want to try out what's probably the first "horror" application of the technology, here you go. It's certainly creepy, and the graphics are impressive, but it also looks like it's leading up to a jump scare conclusion.

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A bare bulb casts a dim light around you, its flickering efforts providing the only sound in the stark room. Your seat cracks and creaks under your weight as you perch uncomfortably in its worn recess. The light from the bulb flickers again, casting you into darkness longer this time, before coming back to life...for now. You look around the room to discover a barren state of occupation; the only sign of life is a cigarette that burns, seemingly forgotten, in an ashtray on the desk.

Chair In A Room
Chair In A Room
Developer: Ryan Bousfield
Price: Free

WTF Game(s) Of The Week

Lazer Petz

The embedded "trailer" for this game appears to be a 90-second clip of the 1988 E.T. rip-off film Mac and Me. I have no idea why.

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Help Gerald the Lazer Cat save his beauty world from evil bald cat, Simon. Ride on fast silver scooter and shoot lazers to destroy bad guys. Very fun.

Lazer Petz
Lazer Petz
Developer: Lazy Eye Games
Price: Free

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