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Magenta Arcade

Magenta Arcade takes the familiar top-down space shooter formula and mixes it with a couple of new ideas. First of all, the setting is more like a techno-punk fantasy than the typical space shooter that so often uses this setup, and second, your finger is the character - all of the various weapons will shoot out of your fingertip on the battlefield, so there's nothing important blocked on the screen.

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MAGENTA ARCADE is a finger-based top-down shooter brought to you by Long Hat House. Become a god. Your finger is a weapon, but also your greatest weakness. Know when to touch the screen to attack or retract to defend yourself. The cycle of wishes is a sacred ritual for the people. It is where you give out wishes for them. During many cycles peace reigned in your lands, but everything changed when Ivo Magenta made his last wish.

Magenta Arcade
Magenta Arcade
Developer: Long Hat House
Price: $0.99

Twin Runners 2

Have you ever tried to play two endless runners at the same time? That's the gist of the original Twin Runners. Use two fingers to control a pair of runners in parallel (but not identical) fields. The sequel adds a bit of variety with more colorful graphics and a new slanted perspective, but keeps the ridiculously frustrating gameplay. $1.70 banishes advertising forever.

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Easy to learn: just tap the screen to flip ninjas' direction. Hard to master: you'll need only one thumb and you have only one brain but... Two different roads with various obstacles in front of you. You will need to mix anticipation, dexterity, and memory to complete all offered challenges. Twin Runners 2 is a stunning try and die game very challenging. Hard ? yes. Insane ? probably. Impossible ? almost.

Twin Runners 2
Twin Runners 2
Developer: JUST4FUN
Price: Free+

Seek

Seek has an interesting gameplay hook: your phone or tablet is a first-person window into the world, and you use its gyroscope as a means to look around. It's basically a VR game without the headset. Your job is to look through the low-poly world to find your tiny friends, and with each one found, your perspective changes enough that new parts of the world are unlocked. Unfortunately poor compatibility is giving it low review scores at the moment.

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Using an android tablet as ‘a window to the world’, the player inhabits a child in an exploration game to find their hidden friends around a forgotten island. With each child found, their unique visuals reveal the islands secrets. Seek is suitable for all ages. Caution: This app makes use of the gyroscope and accelerometer to navigate in the game world. Please ensure you have enough space when playing the game. Ideally a swivel chair is recommended.

Seek
Seek
Developer: FivePixels
Price: Free

Bears vs. Art

Bears aren't known for their appreciation of modern art, but this one is downright unsophisticated. In Bears vs Art, you move your fuzzy avatar around grid-based stages, alternately avoiding or mauling patrons, then destroy "priceless" paintings in Fruit Ninja fashion. The aesthetic and humor are appealing (one of the first things you do is smash the "Mona Beara"), but HalfBrick has unfortunately fallen for the siren call of a power recharge system (which can be dismissed with a $6 in-app purchase) and currency IAP (which can't).

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Greedy millionaires have opened abstract art galleries to display and admire their latest work. Now Rory the bear is ready to fight back against the pointless pieces invading his home. Bears vs. Art – a puzzling postmodern expression of the fight against subtext, from the creators of Fruit Ninja and Jetpack Joyride. Discover 150 galleries with exciting puzzles around every corner. Plan your moves carefully or race the clock in timed challenges to destroy every painting on every wall.

Bears vs. Art
Bears vs. Art
Price: Free+

Li-Ning Jump Smash™ 15

I had no idea that there was such a thing as professional badminton, much less pro badminton video games. Li-Ning Jump Smash is a somewhat over-the-top representation of the sport, and that fact isn't lost on the developers. The latest edition switches to an anime style for its competitor characters... who will apparently save the world from a comet with super-powered shuttlecocks. The game includes exhibition, tournament, and multiplayer modes, and lots of currency-based IAP.

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With more than 6 million downloads worldwide, The World's No.1 Badminton game comes back in Jump Smash™ 15. Get ready for a badminton experience like no other; featuring an all-new intuitive swipe-mode gameplay, global stadiums, PVP mode, original anime characters, and high quality visual effects.

• Exhibition Mode: Play in singles or doubles mode to earn JS coins.
• Tournament Mode: Play your way through the tournament to become the World Jump Smash Champion. Earn JS coins and unlock characters in Tournament mode.
• Multiplayer Mode: Go head to head with your friends or compete in local and online tournaments.
• Training Mode: Utilise training mode to improve your character's individual statistics.
• CustoMe™: Customise your own individual character and play with them in Tournament and Multiplayer Mode.

Susume Tactics

This PSP port may look like a latter day take on Space Invaders, but in fact it's a minimalist real-time strategy game. A unique touch-based interface wrangles a game style that's usually reserved for the mouse and keyboard, and while the graphics are decidedly simple, there is enough variety in units, enemies, and maps to keep fans of the genre entertained. There's no mention of a multiplayer mode, but neither are there any ads or in-app purchases.

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Destroy the enemy with your army in this fast paced real-time strategy game. A premium single player arcade style game with hours of play value. Finally the PSP version has been ported for customers to enjoy on Google Play. Susume Tactics is a premium game with a premium experience. Endless hours of fun, no two battles are the same. Play for 5 minutes in Arcade mode, or hours at a time in War Mode.

Susume Tactics
Susume Tactics
Developer: Sugra Games
Price: $3.99

Hardboiled

Fallout fans who have grown weary of the over-the-shoulder perspective of the latter games would do well to check out Hardboiled. This top-down post-apocalyptic RPG wears its inspiration on its shoulder, though of course it's been adapted to a touch-based user interface. The story also has a little in common with Mad Max, but you'll need to rely on strategy instead of brute force to succeed in the turn-based combat system.

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The blast was immense. Humanity finally had destroyed itself. The fallout lasted for weeks after the bombs went off. If you didn’t die in the blast, you died in the coming weeks from radiation and disease. Everyone was fighting for survival in what's left of the abandoned towns and cities. Slowly the survivors are trying to put what's left of their lives back together, some even with force. Just like the other survivors, Max was trying to reclaim his life back.

Hardboiled
Hardboiled
Developer: Game Dev Team
Price: $0.99

Soul Unleashed Full Version

Soul Unleashed is an odd mix of Japanese RPG story and art elements with old-school (and I mean really old-school) first-person dungeon crawlers like Realms of Arkania. Come for the multi-character party management and level progression, stay for the odd asynchronous multiplayer mode. The game seems much more interested in its anime character creator than its story. There's a free demo available if you're not ready to lay your money down.

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Soul Unleashed is an Adventure RPG made just for those adults who may have forgotten what an adventure feels like. It is a brand-new app inspired by the good-old days of gaming. Paying homage to the PC games of the 80's, it seeks to bring out the sort of board game feel you would find in tabletop RPGs and trading card games. From 7 main lines, you can select from over 160 different talents (general term for techniques, magic, etc.) to learn, constructing a wide variety of different characters.

Soul Unleashed Full Version
Soul Unleashed Full Version
Developer: tech vein
Price: $4.99+

Climax

Climax reminds me of the old Wario Ware games: a collection of tiny, almost instant mini-games thrown together at random. The touch-based interface allows for a wide array of bite-sized activities based on iconic movie scenes done in minimalist fashion. Film buffs will get a kick out of it, but if you haven't seen the movie in question, you can probably get the objective from the game prompts.

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You think that you know everything about cinema, cult movies or twist endings? Then come test your knowledge with Climax, an application like you’ve never seen before. Climax is not about a boring quiz or an old-fashioned board game. Instead, you’ll have to use all your culture of the 7th art in order to guess the solution of each mini-game, thus replaying the most famous scenes in the history of cinema.

Climax
Climax
Developer: Studio Baikin
Price: $1.99

Circle Frenzy

Circle Frenzy is a basic runner game that has you going in a circle, and it looks like it stars one of those really basic enemies from all the Kirby games. It's fairly self-explanatory, and those looking for a challenge will have to go through a few levels before getting to the meat of the title. A $1 in-app purchase removes ads, but the game is otherwise free.

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Run, jump, and duck to avoid sharp objects to get the highest score and outlast the exploding planet. Will you go beyond the stars to a world full of promise, but laden with danger? Simply touch the screen to jump your character onto objects and touch again to jump over objects. Stay on each world as long as you can for extra points, but if you overstay your welcome … BOOM … the BIG BANG will no longer be a theory.

Circle Frenzy
Circle Frenzy
Developer: PagodaWest Games
Price: Free+

Wire Defuser

In Wire Defuser you play a hapless bomb squad member who must safely disable a series of explosives. It's a pretty good setup for a puzzle game, and you'll need to use some very basic electrical knowledge to get through the 80 or so levels. Timing, logic, and a little common sense are essential... not to mention patience. In-app purchases allow you to skip levels, and the pricier ones also banish advertising.

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Defuse dat bomb. Wire Defuser is a fast-paced puzzle game about defusing bombs, saving the planet... and, well, defusing bombs. Your mission, should you decide to accept it is simple: defuse the bombs. Every level presents a new chain of buttons and switches, each executable in a different screen interaction. Skill and reflex will be required. If you manage to get through the chain in time, the bomb is defused. But watch out as the slightest error will blow up everything.

Wire Defuser
Wire Defuser
Developer: BulkyPix
Price: Free+

Note Fighter

Steampunk and musical theory: two great tastes that taste great together. This simple game is intended to help music students learn to read sheet music by way of a basic runner formula and a little H.G. Wells-style robot character. It's cheap with no in-app purchases, and includes just three difficulty levels. There's also a free version.

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Note Fighter - Practice your note reading in steampunk style. 3 difficulty levels (easy, medium and hard) to to make it easier to play the song. This is NOT a simulation of note reading. Just a simple game, with an educational side effect.

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Note Fighter Unlimited
Note Fighter Unlimited
Developer: MythicOwl
Price: $1.99

BlastBall GO

BlastBall is a mix of tile-sliding puzzles and Connect Four elements. Slide the static squares around to line up five or more horizontal or vertical balls in either color. This basic version of the game is free with no IAP, but an upgraded edition has power-ups and extra turns for $3.

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BlastBall GO is the bare bones version of the BlastBall franchise. The full game, called BlastBall MAX, has amazing power-ups, challenging missions and 25 turns per game. The BlastBall puzzle mechanic was co-created by abstract boardgame designer Kris Burm. He's known for boardgame classics like GIPF, DVONN, TZAAR, YINCH and ZERTZ. BlastBall aims to be the ULTMATE single player puzzle experience. So put on your thinking cap, and give it a try.

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BlastBall GO
BlastBall GO
Developer: Monkube Ltd.
Price: Free

ReRave Plus

Remember arcades? You know, those dark rooms full of gigantic quarter-powered game machines? Apparently they're still around, and at least a few of them include this touch-based music game. The basic formula is Simon Says-style tapping and holding to the beat of various electronic songs, but it gets insanely difficult on the tracks with higher BPMs. A few songs are free, but you'll have to pay for more.

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Innovative gameplay that combines music, rhythm and touch accuracy to create an addictively fun and captivating experience. React quickly and compete against the world by pressing symbols as they rotate to the 12 o'clock and match the beat of the music. Press closest to the center to earn the most points possible. Break away from the restrictions of scrolling and "matching symbols" that is repetitive and limiting with other music game products.

ReRave Plus
ReRave Plus
Price: Free+

City 2048

City 2048 does what it says on the box, so to speak: it's basically the familiar tile game with a sprinkling of Sim City on top. Collapse identical tiles into each other to progress from grassland to agriculture to a rural town to a metropolis. It's not much more than a visual skin, but if you need a little extra spice on the addictive game, this version is interesting and cheap with no in-app purchases.

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City 2048 is an exciting, addictive and easy to play puzzle game. It is a unique version of the 2048 Number Game. Swipe to move the tiles with the blocks to build a huge metropolis. Develop your city. Get bonuses, and who knows what might be ahead...

 

City 2048
City 2048
Developer: UnderAIR
Price: Free

The Line Zen

Surely Line Zen is the simplest kind of endless runner: just move your finger left or right to avoid the various obstacles. Some of the more complex rooms amount to puzzles in this pseudo-sequel to The Line. Like most Ketchapp games, this one is free with a single in-app purchase to remove advertising.

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Welcome to The Line Zen. The Line Zen is the sequel to 2014's hit game, The Line, but now with a new twist. You still dart and weave through a procedurally generated world while avoiding the red shapes, but now you use friendly green shapes to your advantage -- but be careful -- because sometimes they can get in the way.

 

The Line Zen
The Line Zen
Developer: Ketchapp
Price: Free+

Numbers - Merge

This game probably looks familiar if you've ever tried Threes or 2048. While it does follow a lot of the same rules, its odd and even number scheme is more flexible: each stage is a puzzle on its own instead of a shifting board. The endless play style is available too, if the more structured game modes don't strike your fancy. Purchasing cheat points will remove the ads.

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Numbers Merge is a new addictive number puzzle. Tap one number of the group of same numbers, merge them to a bigger one, 1 to 2, 2 to 3... Simple game rule but hard to master, full of fun and challenge.

  • Easy to play but hard to master.
  • Need think numbers carefully for the target.
  • 60 well designed level, full of fun and challenge, but addictive.
  • Four different game modes.
  • 4X4, 5X5, up to 5X6 map with blocked box, make the game different from others.

Merge Numbers
Merge Numbers
Developer: kylinworks
Price: Free+

Washington's Wig

In Washington's Wig, you play a dog who's tasked with returning the famous general's hairpiece before the portrait artist can capture his bald head crossing the Delaware. The gameplay is pretty stale, but the kooky premise and free price (with no in-app purchases) makes it worth a look if you want another endless runner to tinker with.

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In this completely historically inaccurate tale, George Washington has embarked on his famous crossing of the Delaware only to realize he has forgotten his precious wig. Join a cast of canines as they bravely race to return the missing hairpiece. Old-school arcade action meets adorable dogs (except the ugly ones) in this fast-paced adventure.

Washington's Wig
Washington's Wig
Developer: Team2Bit
Price: Free+

Helmets on Fire

Helmets on Fire is an endless runner with aspirations to 4chan levels of randomness. The basic run, jump, and collect gameplay is solid enough, but after years of basic endless runners with 8-bit graphics, there's very little to this game that you haven't seen before. Retro and pop culture characters can be unlocked by playing the game itself or with one-time in-app purchases.

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Helmets on Fire. is a free runner game with platforms using a retro style in pixel art. It reminds other classical games with references like Mario, Link and even the characters of the power rangers tv show. Enjoy this crazy adventure. In Helmets on Fire. you will play as a construction worker who, accidentally, unleash the fury of an evil egyptian god who was buried in the ruins of an ancient civilization in the middle of the city.

Helmets on Fire
Helmets on Fire
Price: Free+

Beast Quest

At first glance this looks like yet another soulless tap-and-swipe action game in the vein of Infinity Blade. And perhaps it is, but the lore is based on the Beast Quest series of fantasy novels. That and a free-roaming exploration mode, may make it worth consideration for fans of the books, though the game still falls into all the usual traps of the free-to-play titles that it shamelessly emulates.

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An evil wizard has enchanted the magical Beasts of Avantia - only a true hero can free the Beasts and stop them from destroying the land. Are you the hero Avantia has been waiting for? Embark on an epic action-adventure in a huge open world. Battle hordes of dangerous enemies and take on giant Beasts in huge boss battles. Explore snowy peaks and sandy beaches, seeking out ancient artifacts and lost treasures.

Beast Quest
Beast Quest
Developer: Miniclip.com
Price: Free+

Jurassic World™: The Game

Would investors in a dinosaur theme park be OK with pitting genetically-engineered fossils against one another in 10-ton cockfights? Probably not, but you can do it anyway in the licensed Jurassic World game. It's a mix of a park builder and a Pokemon clone, but the usual downers of grinding card collection, IAP-motivated upgrades, and wait timers are present. The game also works with Skylanders-style Jurassic World toys, just in case those in-app purchases aren't enough.

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Return to Isla Nublar with the creators of the smash hit Jurassic Park™ Builder for your next adventure: Jurassic World™: The Game, the official mobile game based on this summer’s epic action-adventure. Bring to life more than 50 colossal dinosaurs from the new film and challenge your opponents in earth-shaking battles. Construct the theme park of tomorrow in this unrivaled build-and-battle dinosaur experience.

 

Jurassic World™: The Game
Jurassic World™: The Game
Developer: Ludia Inc.
Price: Free+

Empires and Allies

Oh when will developers like Zynga tire of endlessly rehashing the Clash of Clans pseudo-strategy formula? Probably around the same time dull gamers get tired of paying for the requisite in-app purchases.

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Welcome to Empires & Allies, an all-new modern military strategy game that puts the weapons of modern war at your fingertips in a never-ending battle to conquer the world.

  • DESIGN YOUR PERFECT ARMY from the arsenals of today’s militaries with battle-hardened tanks, drones, helicopters, and more.
  • DEPLOY MODERN WEAPONS including tactical nukes, hellfire missiles, and orbital strikes.
  • DYNAMIC BATTLEFIELDS deliver increasingly difficult scenarios that emulate the unpredictability of warfare.
  • JOIN ALLIANCES to fortify defenses and reinforce attacking units
  • SAVE THE WORLD from the GRA, an evil terrorist organization, and defend your territories from other players

Empires and Allies
Empires and Allies
Developer: Zynga
Price: Free+

Evil Genius Online

PC gamers might remember Evil Genius as a strategy sleeper hit, where you played a larger-than-life Bond villain managing a base and world domination schemes in the style of Dungeon Keeper. If that name makes you shudder, then you're right to be wary: Evil Genius Online comes to mobile in the same way Dungeon Keeper did, with outrageous in-app purchases and an entire game based on waiting for meters to fill up. What a shame.

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Build your own ultra-secret underground lair and command an army of minions to carry out your diabolical plans. Watch your enemies cower in fear as you undertake menacing missions, devise ingenious gadgets and achieve global power. Join other evil geniuses in their quest for world domination. Invite players into your syndicate, then when their backs are turned send in your spies to raid their base and meddle with their plans.

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LumiKids Park by Lumosity

LumiKids Park is an adapted version of the Luminosity brain-training suite designed especially for kids. It boils down to a bunch of basic activities with some progress reports for parents, but if you're interested in some kid-friendly games and puzzles for your toddler, it's free with no in-app purchases.

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From the team at Lumosity, we welcome you to the award-winning LumiKids Park, where children can have fun while using important core skills. Kids will love exploring this interactive park filled with surprises designed to make them giggle and keep them challenged.

• Intuitive for young learners to use by themselves: no text or voice-over instructions
• Adapts to each child’s ability level, keeping young learners challenged, engaged and motivated with no feelings of failure
• As a parent, gain insight into your child's play
• Receive tips on how to continue practicing these skills with your child

LumiKids Park by Lumosity
LumiKids Park by Lumosity

5-2-1-0 Kids! by HFHS LiveWell

This bafflingly-titled game is a mix of a basic collector, Candyland, and what is quite possibly the most boring endless runner ever... sponsored by Ford. (No, really.) 5-2-1-0 Kids! isn't really supposed to be a game so much as a set of instructions for kids to follow for a healthy lifestyle... which includes the guidance "2 hours or less of recreational screen time" per day. Good luck with that one, well-intentioned game designers.

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5-2-1-0 Kids. powered by Henry Ford LiveWell is designed to teach children 4-9 years old the 5-2-1-0 message, endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics. 5-2-1-0 means 5 or more fruits and vegetables, 2 hours or less of recreational screen time, 1 hour or more of physical activity, and 0 sugar-added drinks every day. Hi-5, Twoey, Uno, and Zip will teach this message in a way that is fun and engaging. With each mini game the child is challenged based on their skill level to gain points by mastering the principles being taught.

WTF Game(s) Of The Week

Roller Cactus 3D

Roller Cactus is basically an adaptation of those weird Japanese game shows where hapless contestants must fold themselves into human Tetris pieces. Oh, and it stars an animate cactus on roller skates. And it's brutally, wickedly violent, for some reason - failures are rewarded with cheeky Mortal Kombat-style "Cactusality" poses. Take note, developers: sometimes all it takes to get our attention is a few chuckles.

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It’s a car... It’s a plant... No. It’s a suicidal cactus on skates. Best of cactus is they can’t move much so you can pull mean tricks on them. We have put a pair of skates on one and have launched him against a wall... well, against a lot of walls, but we’re not sooooo wicked. We’ve left space to let him pass through. It’s up to you to position his branches the right way in order to overcome each and every wall faster and faster.

Roller Cactus 3D
Roller Cactus 3D
Developer: DevilishGames
Price: Free

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