Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android applications, games, and live wallpapers that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous 2 weeks or so.
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Expense IQ - Expense Manager
This week's roundup is brought to you by Expense IQ - Expense Manager from Handy Apps. This amazingly complete expense tracking system has a solid and colorful UI, and just about every possible checkbook, alert, and tracking feature you could want. Everything you input can be saved and exported for personal backup and expense reports, and all your data is synced via Dropbox, making Expense IQ a snap to use across multiple phones or tablets. Bill alerts, a PIN lock, and even a homescreen widget are all included in this app's bag of additional goodies. The basic version is free, but to get access to advanced functions you'll need to pay for the full $9.95 version via in-app purchase.
Expense IQ is the long awaited successor to EasyMoney - the number one money manager app that combines an expense manager, a bill reminder, a checkbook register and a budget planner. Expense IQ – Expense Manager provides a rich, detailed window into your personal finances and daily money management needs. Track and manage daily expenses quickly & easily. Business expenses, personal expenses, travel expenses etc can all be managed rapidly using Expense IQ’s simple and intuitive user interface. Interactive reports & graphs let you analyze income, expenses, cash flow and balance over various date ranges and accounts.
It's always much more fun to play the villain, especially when you have a dungeon of your very own. Boss Monster is a digital version of a turn-based card game which lets you build and equip a gauntlet of booby traps, smaller monsters, and confusing passageways to send hapless heroes to their doom. It's free to try, but to access online multiplayer or the expansion packs you'll need to buy the base game for $6.99.
Become a boss, build a dungeon, and destroy puny heroes. The best-selling indie card game has arrived to Android. Boss Monster is a dungeon-building card game that challenges players to become the ultimate villains: video game bosses. Thousands of players around the world have enjoyed the paper version of the game, but now Brotherwise Games has partnered with video game developer Plain Concepts, creators of Wave Engine, to bring Boss Monster from the tabletop to the digital world.
Frozen Synapse Prime
Android Police coverage: Frozen Synapse Prime Brings Deep Tactical Gameplay From The PS Vita To Android
When Frozen Synapse debuted on consoles it was praised for its unique take on tactical strategy: the game is turn-based, but both your units and the enemy move at the same time across the top-down battlefield. The simultaneous action introduces an element of randomness into the normally meticulous genre. The Prime version of Frozen Synapse is an enhanced re-release, but unfortunately the $5 game leaves out the multiplayer modes.
Take on the role of Tactics, leading a small rebel faction to overthrow a powerful corporation controlling the city of Markov Geist. Control an elite strike team of futuristic soldiers; from shotgunners and snipers, to grenadiers and machine-gunners in the ultimate turn-based strategy game. Plot paths and issue orders to your units, test your plans and predict your opponent in each turn. Combat plays out on procedural, 3D, destructible and customizable battlefields.
Android Police coverage: Fotonica, Vector Graphics-Based Endless Runner, Comes To Google Play Store
Fotonica is one of the most unique runners we've seen in a long time. It's played out in first person: tap down to run, release to jump, tap and hold while in mid-air to dive. The vector graphics are trippy and interesting - think Tempest for the 21st century. The game is $1 (at the moment) with no in-app purchases, and includes both structured levels and several "endless" game modes. A splitscreen multiplayer mode lets you share the experience.
Ever wondered what running at 140mph feels like? FOTONICA is a first-person game about the thrill of speed and traveling flawlessly through complex environments. One-handed controls: hold your finger down to run, release to jump, hold in mid-air to dive and land. FOTONICA is simple, but is not easy: it follows a tradition of arcade games that are easy to pick up and almost impossible to master. A multi-layered level design across eight different tracks, together with a procedural endless mode make for a game that is incredibly deep.
X-Men: Days of Future Past
Android Police coverage: The New 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' Game Stays True To The Comic Book Universe
First of all, this licensed Marvel game is based on the comic book storyline, not the movie with the similar title. And that's probably a blessing: a side-scrolling beat-em-up based on Fox's version of X-Men would probably have in-app purchases. Instead, this $4 premium game lets you play as seven different team members to go through the time-hopping story. Fans of the old X-Men arcade game will be pleased.
Play as Wolverine, Storm, Kitty Pryde, Colossus, Cyclops, Polaris or Scarlet Witch as Marvel’s finest X-Men fight for the future of mutant and human kind in the two separate timelines of Days of Future Past. The world around you is in ruins. Sentinel robots have enslaved most of the United States and are set to stage a global war. The X-Men have failed; the few who survived this nightmarish future are imprisoned in Mutant Internment camps. But all is not lost, the battle for the future can be fought in the past.
FINAL FANTASY Record Keeper
It seems like Square's Final Fantasy series is just running on the fumes of nostalgia, at least on mobile anyway - instead of releasing the PlayStation entries, Square has partnered with F2P publisher DeNA on this "greatest hits" game. Record Keeper grabs famous scenes and battles from all the previous Final Fantasy games and lets you replay them. The latter games' battles are all translated into the 16-bit style of the Super NES. The free-to-play game is monetized with an energy/stamina system - pay and you don't have to wait.
RELIVE your favorite FINAL FANTASY moments in the mega hit from Japan, FINAL FANTASY Record Keeper. Fight with your favorite FINAL FANTASY heroes, battle through classic FINAL FANTASY moments, restore the lost memories and save the world once again. In a glorious kingdom that thrives on the harmony between magic and art, epic tales of valor and hope have been passed from one generation to the next. The records of these great chronicles uphold the peace and prosperity of all civilization. The kingdom sealed these records inside paintings, to safeguard the balance of the world.
Motion Tennis Cast
Motion Tennis Cast is a Chromecast-enabled game that uses your phone as a controller. Specifically as a tennis racket, in the manner of Wii Sports... so keep a tight grip on that sucker if you prefer your TV without any cracks in the screen. A surprising amount of depth is included, with various play modes and surfaces. The game keeps track of your calories burned, and if you don't have a Chromecast handy, you can use Miracast, AllShare, or any Chrome browser.
Play the sport of Tennis using natural tennis motion gestures on your HDTV, Smart TV or a web browser using screen cast software - Chromecast, Miracast or AllShareCast, Wii-like gaming right on your Smartphone. No extra hardware required to play this motion game. Your Android Smartphone becomes a motion controller, as the sport action unfolds on your big screen, the second screen that you connect your Smartphone to. With Motion Tennis Cast, experience console motion gaming without the need of Xbox, Playstation or Wii. Your Smartphone is smarter than you think.
Android Police coverage: Taichi Panda Mixes Solid Dungeon Crawler Co-Op Gameplay With Action Controls And In-App Purchases
Taichi Panda might take its inspiration from a certain Dreamworks movie, but the gameplay is old-school dungeon crawler. You can choose one of four classes (including the titular Panda, a monk) to duke it out with some varied monsters in single-player, or hunt for loot in the co-op mode. There's also a MOBA-style 3-on-3 competitive mode, but you might want to avoid that unless you're ready to shell out some dough to upgrade your character.
The incredible new Dungeon Crawler taking the world by storm. Over 10 million downloads worldwide, with all new exciting content now available. Grow your character and restore the cosmic balance in an exciting free-to-play online adventure. Enter a world of goblins, bandits, and pandas as you adventure through graphically stunning maps in full 3D environments. Bash your way to the center of the mystery with a fast and fluid animation style built on full-body motion capture.
Stormblades mixes the simple tap-and-swipe combat of Infinity Blade and its many imitators with an interesting Central American art style. Timing your attacks, counters, blocks, and dodges is crucial when fighting the oversized enemies. It's all pretty basic compared to the console games it aspires to, but Stormblades is a decent enough time-waster. Hefty in-app purchases for currency let you upgrade your swords.
For centuries, young Warriors have sought the secrets of the ruins in a quest to prove their worth. Journey on a Warrior’s rite of passage and fight the legendary Keepers. Test your might in the ruins to upgrade your weapon and release its arcane powers. Demonstrate true skill by dodging the Keepers’ attacks and spells while inflicting your own furious retribution. Land powerful counter-attacks and shatter your enemies’ armor to subdue them. Awaken the ruins’ ancient altars and empower your sword with Essence to take your place among the legends.
This is a stripped-down version of Mirror's Edge, a cult favorite first-person game that took most of the shooting and combat out of the genre in favor of fluid free running. The mechanics are fairly simple: find a way to the end of the level across a geometric city. You'll need to construct interesting paths through the maze (active "runnable" surfaces are highlighted in red) using a combination of basic navigation and advanced acrobatic techniques. A $2 IAP removes advertising.
Project Parkour is a secret organization where scientists are trying to push human physical abilities to the limit by using specially design levels and challenges. First and original Parkour inspired FPS experience on Android devices. Stunning 3D graphics and smart level designs are fun to play for hours.
Jump, slide, run and climb - use combos to polish your skills to be the best parkour runner. Smartly developed controller buttons makes gameplay enjoyable and smooth.
To Be Or Not To Be
This isn't your typical Tin Man text-based adventure. Aside from being a tongue-in-cheek retelling of Hamlet that lets users play as both the prince (+1 soliloquy skill) and Ophelia (-1 weakness to water), the whimsical story includes art from the creators of some of the more notable webcomics out there, like Penny Arcade, The Oatmeal, and Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal. For fans of classical English literature and/or text-based RPGs, this one should be a real treat... and you won't even have to understand iambic pentameter to enjoy it.
William Shakespeare's Hamlet has finally been restored to its original second-person non-linear branching narrative format. I know. What took so long, am I right? Now it's up to YOU to decide what happens next. Play as Hamlet and revenge your father's death. Play as Ophelia and make scientific discoveries. Play as King Hamlet, Sr. and die on the first page. Discover sweet art as you play from some of the greatest and most attractive artists of Our Time, including Kate Beaton (Hark. A Vagrant), Anthony Clark (Nedroid), Mike Krahulik (Penny Arcade), Matthew Inman (The Oatmeal), Ethan Nicolle (Axe Cop), Andrew Hussie (MS Paint Adventures), Zach Weiner (Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal) and WAY more.
"Pirate math" games used to be all the rage, and I'm glad to see they're making a comeback. This one has a minimal story behind it, but the real charm in 16bit trader are its unique art style (which thankfully does NOT limit itself to blocky pixels for no reason!) and classic buy low, sell high gameplay. Patient, methodical players are the ones who enjoy these games the most - if you'd rather haul cargo in EVE than kill murlocs in WOW, give this one a try.
Take revenge on your father’s killer, and become the richest merchant in the kingdom. Immerse yourself in this old-school nostalgia-inducing trading experience. Step into the shoes of a medieval traveling merchant, whose life boils down to one simple sentence: you got to buy cheap, and you got to sell high. Travel between the cities and villages of the realm in search of cheap goods to acquire, various quests to accomplish and wealth to accumulate. Visit local taverns for latest local gossip. Gain influential friends who may help you along the way.
Syberia 2 (Full)
This is the direct sequel to cult classic adventure game Syberia, which debuted on the PC way back in 2002 and on Android in 2013. You follow the continuing story of Kate Walker as she unravels the mystery of frozen wooly mammoths in a surreal steampunk version of the 1940s. This is an adventure game in the classical sense: point, click, collect items, talk to people, solve a few puzzles, and repeat until you get to the end of the story. While the graphics are a bit dated even by Android standards, the production values still hold up more than a decade later.
Following Syberia's resounding success with players throughout the world, Benoît Sokal invites you to dive back into the crazy Kate Walker saga… Having searched Europe from east to west for the presumed late Hans Voralberg, Kate Walker finally tracks him down and gets him to sign the automaton factory buyout papers. Mission accomplished? Not for this young New York lawyer... Forming an unlikely duo, Kate Walker and the old, eccentric Hans Voralberg are now setting off on a journey in search of a long-forgotten world, home to the last of the fabled Syberian mammoths.