If you want to play classic ports or new PC games on your phone or tablet, then April was definitely your month. Between the blockbuster adventure game Broken Age and classics like Ys, there's a lot of non-mobile goodness to go around. But don't worry: there are a few original games to investigate as well, notably Implosion and the third entry in the Sorcery series. Here in no particular order are our top picks, along with some honorable mentions.
Android Police coverage: Double Fine Brings Crowdfunding Blockbuster 'Broken Age' To Android Ten Months Late
Broken Age is probably the most anticipated adventure game in years, at least for enthusiasts, after celebrity developer Tim Schaefer's record-breaking Kickstarter campaign. The Android version includes both episodes of the split-narrative story, following both a girl in the past and a boy in the future. Intriguing hand-painted visuals and an all-star voice cast help justify a high price tag.
Broken Age is a family friendly, hand-animated, puzzle-filled adventure game with an all-star cast, including Elijah Wood, Jack Black and Masasa Moyo. Funded by a record breaking crowdfunding campaign and designed by industry legend Tim Schafer, Broken Age is a timeless coming-of-age story of barfing trees and talking spoons. Vella Tartine and Shay Volta are two teenagers in strangely similar situations, but radically different worlds.
Android Police coverage: TinyKeep Spruces Up The Tired Dungeon Crawler Genre With Impressive Graphics And Physical Controls
It's hard to remember the last time I saw an Android dungeon crawler that wasn't trying to ape the 8-bit look, but this one goes straight for the high-end crowd. TinyKeep is a procedurally-generated top-down action RPG with full 3D graphics and fantastic controller support, a legacy of its PC roots. You'll need a powerful machine to use it, preferably something with a Tegra processor, though this one isn't an exclusive.
In TinyKeep players will embrace the role of a hopeless prisoner held deep in a forgotten dungeon who one day wakes up to find themselves mysteriously released. Their savior is nowhere to be seen, but the cell door is broken and ajar, tempting them with the sweet scent of freedom. With nothing but a flickering lantern and a strange letter left behind by their in-mate, they must venture into the darkness and escape TinyKeep.
Implosion - Never Lose Hope
Android Police coverage: Implosion Is A Polished Hack-And-Slash Title That You Only Have To Pay For Once
A science fiction hack-and-slash game? Count me in - we usually don't see developers leave the comfortable confines of fantasy for this genre. Add in some fantastic visuals and sound, a full story campaign, and the fact that the entire game can be unlocked with a single $10 in-app purchase (the first six levels are free), and you've got an impressive offering. Nice work, developer Rayark - keep 'em coming.
Bringing AAA console gaming experience to mobile devices. Twenty years after the fall of Earth, the remnants of the Human race are once again faced with extinction. The time has come to justify our existence. A mysterious life form known as the XADA squares off against humanity's last weapon - the War-Mech series III battle suit.
Does not Commute
Android Police coverage: Does Not Commute Careens Into The Play Store, Crashes Into Three Cars In The Process
Does Not Commute adds a unique idea to the somewhat dry racing genre: what if you were driving all of the cars in the city? Your job is to drive each car (which comes with its own driver narration for story) from point A to point B. But each level adds a new car, and you'll have to avoid the cars that you drove in the previous levels, quickly turning the city into a chaotic mishmash of hairpin turns and near misses. Does Not Commute is free to try with a single $2 IAP to unlock the whole thing.
A strategic driving game from the award-winning maker’s of Smash Hit. Does not Commute is a temporal paradox in which you have no one to blame but yourself. What starts out as a relaxing commute in a small town of the 1970's quickly devolves into traffic chaos with hot dog trucks, sports cars, school buses and dozens of other vehicles. You drive them all. Plan ahead. Don't be late.
The Sorcery series is an interesting mixture of game-books and conventional RPGs, and the latest one is the best yet. You can import your characters from the first two installments and travel around new 3D maps, and the new time travel mechanic makes your actions in the past affect the future in the style of Chrono Trigger. Underpinning it all is the unique Inklewriter system that makes battles a mixture of tabletop dice mechanics and Choose Your Own Adventure.
An epic adventure through a cursed wilderness of monsters, traps and magic. Begin your journey here. (Parts 1 and 2 not required.) The land of Kakhabad is a wilderness - a ruined desert, a tangled forest, cruel mountains and fissures, all guarded by seven fearsome serpents. But you must cross this land if you are to reach Mampang and the Crown of Kings. Rely on your wits or fight your way through - play with honour, or lie, cheat and steal - the choices are all yours.
Android Police coverage: Joe Danger Brings Death-Defying Feats To The Play Store
Joe Danger was a sleeper hit on the PS3 and Xbox 360 digital download services, and now the developer has brought the 2.5D game to Android. You play as either the titular stuntman or one of an increasingly kooky cast of characters, racing and/or stunt running through physics-based 2D courses. It's a lot like Trials in terms of gameplay, but with a more goofy personality (and that takes some doing).
Joe Danger, the multi-award winning smash hit, wheelies on to your Android device. Wear the cape of the World’s Most Determined Stuntman, and take your trusty motorbike on a wild ride from zero to hero. Race, ride and defy death as you jump buses, dodge giant mousetraps, leap tanks full of sharks and reclaim your title of Master of Disaster. Swipe Joe to pop a wheelie and boost, flick obstacles out of the way, hold to crouch, tap to jump.
Ys Chronicles 1
Android Police coverage: DotEmu Brings Ys Chronicles 1, An Update To A Classic 80s Action-RPG, To Android And Android TV
It's nice to finally get some classic Japanese role-playing games that don't come from Squaresoft or Enix. Ys Chronicles I is a remastered version of Ancient Ys Vanished: Omen with new graphics, anime-style cutscenes, and full touch controls. This series of action RPGs isn't a blockbuster outside of Japan, but it's definitely worth the price for gamers who don't want turn-based battles, and no one makes better Android ports than DotEmu.
In Ys, you play as Adol Christin, an adventurous young swordsman. Early in the story, you find yourself on a mysterious beach in Esteria, a kingdom whose cities are besieged by hordes of demoniac creatures. Esteria’s people are depending on you to defeat the demons and free the kingdom. To accomplish your goal, you must find six sacred books containing the history of the ancient land of Ys; books which will also provide you with the knowledge to restore peace.
- The Firm
- Playworld Superheroes
- Adventures of Poco Eco
- Postal (Amazon Appstore)
- Fatal Fury Special
- DuckTales: Remastered
That's all for April. May is already shaping up to be an absolute monster month for Android games - we're working on one of our biggest game roundup over two years as you read this. Save your pennies: there's a wide selection of premium games (you know, the kind you only have to pay for once) coming up.